Micky and Sean joined me in Annapolis for the meeting of the International College of Surgeons. It was held from the 11th through the 13th of June. Micky and Sean did a bit of sight-seeing while I was in lecture (and when the lectures were boring, I joined them). It was a beautiful area. We enjoyed the seafood and the tour of the Naval Academy was an amazing experience. We had a great meal with our friends from PAACS, Adrian and Jennifer Park and their family. In what was best described as a media circus, there was a physician from Italy who was promoting the first head transplant. Absolutely nonsense at our present state of knowledge, but I certainly had compassion for the poor Russian patient who was confined to his wheelchair with a rare degenerative disease (Werdnig-Hoffmann).
I had the pleasure once again of traveling to Morgantown, WV, to lecture June 22 at the Tropical Medicine Course there. It is an 8 hour drive both ways for only a few hours of lecture, but I enjoy the students who are going to work in the developing world and these topics (burns and culture shock) are both important. I also get to spend some time with my friend, Greg Juckett, who is on staff as a family practitioner. We are actually writing a chapter together for a new surgical global health textbook. Also had a profitable discussion with Dr. John Tarpley, ex-missionary to Nigeria and well-known surgical educator in the US. He is exploring ways to fruitfully spend his retirement with PAACS-related programs overseas.
I spent more time home in N. America doing paperwork this year than I would have preferred but am glad to get back to Africa again. Unfortunately, Micky and Sean cannot go with me this time because Micky must attend to her civic responsibilities – she is on jury duty the month of July. I am leaving Friday for Kenya. During those three weeks, I will be visiting Tenwek Hospital and Kijabe Hospital to visit our four programs there. I will be visiting two PAACS graduates in Kusumu and Chogoria, and will visit Kapsowar Hospital and Maua Methodist Hospital as well to see about possible graduate placement at those places in the future. After the time in Kenya, I will spend a fourth week in Ethiopia at Soddo Christian Hospital before heading back home to arrive July 30.
Sean loved church camp last year and we were pleased that we would be home again this year so he could attend. He attended with other 7th and 8th graders from our church and 1250 others. The FUGE camp was held June 15 – 20 on the campus of North Greenville University in Greenville, SC. The heat-wave made things miserable but he loved it. Upon return, he will finish his last week of home-schooling before starting over in just six weeks.
- Pray that the trip to Africa for the entire month of July will come together as He wills.
- Please pray for traveling safety for Bruce and for God’s hand upon Micky and Sean at home.
- We are awaiting news as to whether Bruce’s mother’s bone marrow dysplasia has turned malignant. Please pray for her and all of us as we face this next challenge. Pray for wisdom in all the arrangements that may have to be made.