One of our tasks while in Bukavu is to meet with the Minister of Health to get final permission for the training. We actually met with him this morning – again, very interesting. It seems Dr. Florimond is a very important man in Congo, and knows many of the people in government. The Minister of Health even drove to Nayngezi to meet us yesterday – but unfortunately we were brought to Bukavu instead. The Minister of Health is not feeling well today, so will not be in his office. So Dr. Florimond called him and we stopped by his home to meet with him. HeRead More →

Bukavu really surprised us. It is a huge city that looks like what you would expect along the Medeteranian coast. Dr. Florimond told us the city is home to over 1 million people, but was designed to hold only 300,000. It is very modern in many ways – people dress modern, motorcycles and taxis are zooming around. But almost all the women wear skirts, the electricity goes off regularly and the roads are full of potholes or made of dirt. I noticed a few similarities between Congo and what I saw in France. Everyone here has a gate around their home, just like Paris. AndRead More →

We arrived safely in Bukavu yesterday. Interesting story, to say the least. Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the slow internet connections at internet cafes, so I cannot upload the photos. We were told we would leave at 7:00am We were up, packed and ready. Flory and Amina showed up a little after 8:00am. Apparently there was trouble exchanging some of our money (they demand perfect bills if you pay in American), and it was more difficult than they expected to hire a car. But they made it, we all piled into the car and off we left for Uvira were we were to catchRead More →

We arrived in Bujumbura this afternoon. It is a very busy city. We were able to see the market and spend some time drinking a coke at the Lake. I tried to upload a photo, but I think it was too big for the slow connection at this internet cafe. We start off for Bukavu in the morning. We have been informed that the training will now begin on Tuesday night or Wednesday, so we will spend an extra day in Bukavu and head for Nayngeyzi on Tuesday. We will get a chance to view the market and talk with the women who will beRead More →

So, it was an interesting start to the trip. Nothing major going wrong, but things didn’t go exactly right. Like I said, it was interesting. It started at church when I went to get a check for the money that had been raised. While there I was offered a box of medical exam gloves that were donated for a future trip to Mexico (building houses so the medical gloves were not necessary). So I sat with Jeff and the kids to open the sample packets and sort the gloves. Half an hour later we had quite a collection to give the midwife. Then off toRead More →

While dropping of the donations at the church God gave us a special gift. While collecting donations for a recent event the church was donated over 1,000 pairs of medical grade latex gloves which the church has given Jennifer to disperse to the women. Truly and unexpected gift from above. Jennifer’s trip has been blessed by the generosity of 41 people covering 15 of the 21 days of Jen’s Travel and 23.5 of the 30 woman’s training costs. Please be praying and consider giving to provide for the last 6 days of travel and 6.5 woman’s expenses.Read More →

A few people have asked me if I’m nervous, scared or excited about the trip. I haven’t been nervous about it at all, and have also never been scared. I’m not a fan of avoiding the things that scare me anyway. I think fear should make me careful, smarter and better prepared. But fear should never control me or keep me from doing things I want. When I stop to think about it, I’m usually excited. The “problem” is that I have been so busy I don’t really get a chance to think about it. Between the family events of this trip to Michigan andRead More →

After speaking to a friend who spent last summer in Uganda we have decided the shoes I have are not going to work. Because almost everywhere I walk will be dirt and/or mud, the best shoes for the trip will be sandals that can be washed or rinsed off every night and be dry again in the morning. So now we add shoes to the list of last minute purchases before the trip.Read More →