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We had to leave Nyankunde

So it’s been a week since we fled Nyankunde. I have not written about the experience, mostly because I didn’t know what to say.  Most importantly, we are fine.  We are safe. 

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Maternity

This is a serious post from a heartbroken pediatrician.  I know the statistics: neonatal deaths account for 40% of deaths in children <5years of life.  Most neonatal deaths occur at home within the first 28days of life, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  Midwives are critical in decreasing death rates.  Check, check, and check.  Now, what can we actually DO in a low-resource area with insecurity, to really make a difference?

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ACST x2 = 1 God

Wilberforce’s 4-point description of any believing Christian’s responsibility to the Word of God stands relevant in 2021 as steadfastly as in his day. Transformation happens when we hear and obey God’s Word. The Word’s power reverberates in our hearts every time we hear reports from ministry partners who use Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) in their Community Health Evangelism (CHE) efforts. One facilitator shared …

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Signs

Since returning to Cote d’Ivoire, Verlin has once again been struck by the abundant signs of spiritual openness that people living here provide. One example happened as he sat in a line waiting . . . Ramadan, the Muslim month of prayer and daytime fasting, is underway in Cote d’Ivoire.

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International Women’s Month at Kalukembe!

March was International Women’s Month. To celebrate here in Kalukembe, the hospital offered 3 days of free prenatal consults and ultrasounds. We did in tandem a day focussing on obstetric fistula prevention, with a public health team coming to visit from Lubango to give talks at the hospital, in the patient villa, and at the nursing school.

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Funeral program

King of Kindness

As we reflect with wonder of our King, we also perceive progress in Cote d’Ivoire and Tennessee. Verlin attended the funeral ceremony of Alfred, who demonstrated Jesus’ kindness in his repair business. Apprentices, family, and health-promoting co-laborers, along with church members and local leaders, . . .

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Angel Bands

It is common in missionary circles to joke about days we cause hernias or overtime for the angel bands sent to protect and help God’s children! Over the years, we have experienced many days when it was apparent that the King’s security forces were dispatched for us. Verlin’s home office setup and renewal will slow and advance by attending two funerals. It is likely angel bands accompanied them one last time on their journey Home.

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