Greetings from Nyankunde in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We made it! It has been a long journey. Lindsey and I spent Christmas with my folks in Switzerland. This was a blessed time. From there we traveled to Entebbe, Uganda, where we met up with Kristine Foth, a nurse who has joined us here for a few weeks. We got a ride to the border, then took a boat across Lake Albert. It was another long and frustrating endeavor. We arrived considerably later than we had hoped. From there we had another arduous journey to Nyankunde, arriving well after dark. The road beat us up pretty good. Travel in Africa is always an adventure, but we always seem to end up on the extreme end of that gamut. Still we feel very blessed to have arrived with all of our luggage and without any major mishaps.
We have started the work at the hospital. Today we did our very first surgical operations in the new building. We did a suprapubic tube on a man with a urethral stricture, a cesarian section (a beautiful little girl), a drainage of a horrendous abscess on a baby and a man with an hernia/bowel obstruction. The new building has lost a little of its shine as it has now been baptized with various unsavory bodily fluids. Still it is amazing to see everything work! We have light, we have electricity, we have oxygen, we have cautery, we have supplies. It almost seems too good to be true!
There is much that remains to be done and much need for prayer in the days to come. There have been plenty of frustrations along the way, but God has been so good to us and we rejoice to see the work go forward.
Please pray for us as we struggle to pick up some swahili and make friends here. There are many issues involving paperwork, administrative concerns, hiring of new staff, etc.
In spite of all the challenges, it is a joy to be here and to begin the work that God has given us to do. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support.
Warren and Lindsey
P.S. No pictures... Our internet connection is miserable. Still we are fortunate to receive email if you are so led.