Bruce is home – at least for ten days. On the way back from visiting his folks in Florida and speaking in Lakeland, we stopped in Atlanta on the way back to North Carolina. Bruce spoke at the CMDA meeting, met for breakfast with mission pastors and others interested in medical missions, attended the International Medical Volunteerism Conference at Emory University and spoke to Dr. Ken Rutledge’s large Sunday School class on Sunday. While there, we had the chance to get together with Jon and Bekah Pollock, new missionary surgeons who will leave for Ethiopia the first of August. We also took a little time for fun. Sean particularly enjoyed the opportunity to try 60 different kind of Coke products at the World of Coke. He did his best to taste them all. We then enjoyed a great in-the-round version of Peter Pan that evening.
Our itinerary: This week, we have some more medical appointments. Bruce will be teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses at the hospital, working with the PAACS administrator and getting ready for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new anatomy lab and teaching building at the Methodist University PA program. The ceremony will be attended by many officials and interested people. Bruce will be giving the invocation. The next day, he flies to California to give a report to the House of Representatives of the Christian Medical & Dental Association, will attend the meeting and then fly back arriving just two days before we leave for Sierra Leone.
Bragging corner: Michelle, Bruce’s daughter continues to win prizes with her short film, The Interview. She won the Best Comedy Short prize at the Vail (Colorado) Film festival and the Atom Short Film Award at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. One of the reviews of the Orlando Film Festival read, “The Interview - Hilarious futuristic, apocalyptic short about a job interview with what could be the last two people on earth. Great visuals, good dialogue, laugh out loud funny. Great sense of timing and script development.”  She is entered in several more festivals. Please contact us if you would like to have the link to download the film for your personal viewing.
Praise and Prayers:
- We praise God for traveling safety over the past month. Also, we were spared from damage from the tornadoes which ravaged our area yesterday. Please pray for those who lost their homes and loved ones.
- We praise God that for the second time in a row, Bruce’s father showed no bladder cancer upon biopsies and washings.
- Please pray for the upcoming CMDA annual meeting in California. Only Bruce will be attending while Micky packs for our time in Africa and continues home-schooling Sean.
- Please pray for our upcoming trip to the Africa Mercy. The lack of infrastructure in Sierra Leone is already threatening to derail many of the cases that Bruce and the PAACS residents hoped to do during the 13 weeks on the ship. They are planning to cancel most if not all of the big goiters because there is no thyroid hormone replacement available in the country. Also, lack of water on the ship (that seems ironic, doesn’t it?) limits the ability to scrub our hands, our instruments and the necessary linens in the OR.
- Praise God that He has provided a surgeon for the new program at Myungsung Christian Hospital in Addis Ababa. Pray that God will work in the hearts and minds of those who are considering career service and that He will give Bruce wisdom in encouraging them.
- The two annual business meetings have generated a long list of things that Bruce must do in the next ten days. Also, the graduate study program continues to place a significant load on his time. Please pray for focus and wisdom.
- Praise God that Dr. Joe Harvey was able to get everything out of customs and onto a plane bound for Brazzaville and pray that the material will get to the hospital in Impfondo where it is so badly needed.
Bruce, Micky and Sean