Friday, December 14, 2012

Praise God....we've made it back to Conakry safe and sound!! I was hesitant to send a prayer request in our last post before our road trip since I didn't want to make a big deal out of something, but it turned out that it really was a big deal. The town of Geckedou was having some major political problems which were erupting in rioting and and violence. Different rumors surfaced, but it sounds like at least 10 or more have been killed and 50+ injured by the time we would have gone through. Knowing this could present some real difficulties getting through town, so we decided to take an alternate route that is actually shorter, but so rough and difficult that it takes several hours longer. There was a medical team from Mercy Ships at Hope Clinic doing some complicated surgeries while we were there, that also needed to get back to the ship currently anchored in Conakry, and so it was decided that it would be good if we convoyed. The "Coffee road" is so rough and brutal that it would normally be avoided as much as possible, but it truly was a great idea, and the only way of by-passing the danger. We ended up having to winch their cruiser out of one mud hole, but only because he didn't choose the best way around. Such is life in Africa.

Our last day in N'zao was spent discussing the future. What is our partnership with the Mano Church going to look like? What is the next project going to be at Hope Clinic? When will it be? When will we go back and for how long? Prayer, prayer, prayer. At this time it's looking like the next project will be in about a year or so, which will be a 30 bed patient ward. This is something that could use a lot of help and organization, so it looks like it could be a good fit for us. We'll see.

Tomorrow evening, we're on a plane for Paris, a 7 hour layover to snoop around Paris, then back to the USA on Sunday. This will likely be our last post, so the blog will likely go silent again until the next trip.

God bless each of you over and over and over again for your care, concern and prayers for our journey. We would have no interest in this ministry if it wasn't for all of the support! God has been so good and so faithful to us during this trip, with so many little things happening that could have only been a result of God's special intervention through many prayers. Our heart and passion is still for the people in Southern Guinea and especially the Clinic and Church there. We trust that Jesus has been presented, magnified and hopefully been seen in a very real way by all that we came into contact with.

Sandy and Sara with Tonga

Buying some coffe in Godi

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