We may be a long way from home, but we showing our Kansas City pride all week long. We want everyone we come in to contact with to know where we are from and how much we love our hometown! And as you can see, that pride is catching on with our new friends and colleagues!
“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”— Destin Sparks, Photographer
I have never been anyplace in my life where I felt as if every moment was a Kodak moment as Gulu. I've taken over a thousand photos and will take more before I lay my head down on my own pillow Monday night.
Pictures really do tell the story when words fail and hearts are full. So please enjoy this gallery of some of my favorites thus far this week.
The Sisters of St. Mary Immaculate of Gulu have a retirement community on the grounds of Lacor Hospital. Each year when the team from Medical Missions arrives, they make sure to carve out time to visit the convent and provide check-ups for the nuns who are such a vital party of the community. This week, our clinic team comprised of Don Hodson, Mandy Sims, Kay Johnson and Tammy Minshall made a visit to the good sisters.
There are presently 11 nuns who reside this simple, peaceful home just doors from the bustling halls of the hospital. Considering the life ...
One thing you learn on a mission is to never take anything for granted. Despite a really stellar nursing school - currently there are a total 500 men and women enrolled in the two-year program. While their training is extensive Medical Missions discovered they do not receive CPR training.
Statistics show that 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die before reaching a hospital. Many Ugandans would have to travel hours to reach a hospital, if they even have access to transport, as there are only 155 hospitals in the entire country for a ...
Forget Disney World. The happiest place on Earth is Uganda!
Two things are undisputed about Uganda - it has one of the youngest populations in the world and the happiest people in all of Africa and, I would argue, in the world!
The population of Uganda is estimated at approximately 43 million with nearly 10 million of those living in poverty. A whopping 77% of Ugandans are under 30 years of age – that translates to 7,310,386 youth from the ages of 15–24 years of age. This is to a combination of factors ...
We posed for this Team Uganda picture prior to departure at KCI. It is missing a few very important faces, so look for a complete, official photo later this week!
Saturday ended up blurring into Sunday as the Team arrived at the Entebbe airport shortly before midnight. High hopes of getting to our hotel in Kampala for a full six hours of sleep were quickly dashed when some key medical supplies were flagged at customs. Paperwork, and lots of it, is a component of any mission - imagine trying to enter another country with suitcases filled with medications. It's not so easy even when you do everything the "right" way as we discovered last night. But as our fearless leader and optimist, Mark Shields, reminded us, "Whatever ...
We have made it to Amsterdam! Those of us who weren't still trying a few catch a few Z's, saw a gorgeous approach as beams from the sunrise cut through a large rain curtain.
Once inside everything was bright and sunny as we took full advantage of our two hour layover to sit in teacups and sample some sweet treats.
Mark is doing an excellent job keeping all 40 of us together and reminding us that "Whatever happens it will be fine." Unless of course you don't take your malaria meds! Just ask Carla Northington.
Stay tuned for more news from the road.....
I love my clocks and I love when I can add a new location to the last one. This will help my daughter with the time zone difference and it's just fun!
Team Uganda is now less than 24 hours from its departure from KCI. Over the next 10 days we hope that you will check back frequently to track our progress. God willing and internet connectivity cooperating I will do my best to provide you with photos, anecdotes and stories from the 10th anniversary mission to Gulu, Uganda. Please remember that Gulu is nine hours ahead of Kansas City, so ...
With every mission trip comes the unexpected challenges. Despite all the planning that comes with moving thirty nine medically trained team members, many who specialize in their own field, seventeen thousand miles away from home with all the equipment, supplies, and comforting donations to provide for six days of intense surgical interventions, something is bound to go unnoticed. This year the challenge presented itself late in the planning phase. Obras Sociales notified surgical team leader Dr. Scott Montgomery at Kansas City Urology Care, P.A., that they were unable to ...