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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Light in Congo

I found the Harvey family and Pioneer Christian Hospital as an answer to prayer a few years ago. I had read an article posted by a friend of mine on facebook about the deeply disturbing effects of evil in Congo and the need for doctors to help. I had been praying for God to show me how to do something to help. And then I found the Harveys. God is so cool, they are missionaries that our church supports. Easy to find! Easy to love.

They heard and willingly answered the call to serve the least of these, to love their neighbors as themselves, to do what needs to be done where it needs to be done. Joe became an MD with the specific intent of becoming a missionary doctor to the Congo. And Becky knew that before they got engaged. They chose this. God called with a hard job and they said yes.
Here is the most recent update of their work in Congo. This is not the worst- I did not seek out the worst things I could find, this is just what is actually happening right now. Please pray for the people in the stories listed below and ask God how He would have you love your neighbors in Congo.

Dear Friends & Family,
                It’s been another rough week.  Yet we are doing fine.  Seemed fitting that my sermon on Sunday was on Lamentations 5.  In Lingala Lamentations is called “Songs of Misery.”
This week…
·         Our X-ray machine died.  It is just over 2 years old, and no longer under warranty.  It was the only functioning X-ray machine in the Likouala Region, servicing an estimated population of 300,000 people.

·         The hospital’s only functioning printer/scanner/copier stopped working.  It is just over one year old, and no longer under warranty.

·         We still haven’t received delivery of the 4,000 liters of diesel fuel that we paid for on September 17.  The company says they have no record of our payment!

·         We ran out of LP gas for sterilizing instruments in the OR.  Here thankfully we already have some good news.  The grapevine says a boat carrying 180 bottles of LP gas has arrived in Impfondo.

·         We found out that a bank transfer made in July still hasn’t been deposited in our account.  Working on this.

·         Our container arrived in Brazzaville, but the captain of the SS Canopee raised the price 5-fold from what he had agreed to beforehand.   After a full day of negotiations, no compromise was found.  Our transit agent is scrambling to find another boat headed for Impfondo as soon as possible.

As I shared this information with a capacity crowd in our chapel on Sunday Morning, I realized that I was preaching to:
·         A young man rejected by his lover who had tried to take his life by grinding up batteries and eating the powder.  When his stomach started hurting he came to the hospital for treatment.  Sunday morning he was feeling better physically, and took 3 handfuls of medicine to try to take his life again (escaped from the hospital AMA Monday evening).

·         A young woman who just lost her 3 day-old newborn baby to meconium aspiration syndrome (discharged Monday, and so strong).

·         A 17 year-old girl who just gave birth to her first child by C-section, and had to have two subsequent surgeries to stop bleeding that developed 10 days after surgery! (She is doing well now, with no more bleeding).

·         A 31 year-old woman in premature labor, who lost all 8 previous pregnancies, and was about to lose this one too (she gave birth to a 2-pound stillborn boy Sunday night…hopefully next time we can do a cerclage so she can carry to term…if she comes in time). 

·         The mother of a 2 ½ year-old baby girl who had been raped the night before by her drunk 15 year old cousin (now in prison).

We appreciate your prayers.  They are working.  In spite of all these setbacks, we are not discouraged, and know that God is at work healing many here.  Please fast and pray with us that the container & contents make it safely to Impfondo soon.

For Health and Hope,Joseph & Rebecca Harvey
Olivia, Claire, Isabelle and Noah

Pioneer Christian Hospital

BP 10, Impfondo

Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Global Outreach Mission, Inc.
PO Box 2010
Buffalo, NY  14231-2010
(716) 688-5048

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