Posts Tagged ‘Gabon’

May 19th, 2012 - 10:54 am § in Family, News

Traveler’s Log: to Dakar!

It is early morning, Friday May 4th, when the mosquito’s give us their farewell presents. Who would have thought that these three months would arise such a love for the jungle? Okay, I have to admit… a love not for the jungle, but for the people who live there! Our neighbors, Barry and Terry wer[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 4:01 pm § in Medical

Joy to the pediatric ward

Jessica has a sweet grandmother and a monkey. Her mother died from AIDS. She is 6 months, and has been infected with HIV and tuberculosis, a combination that we unfortunately see often. Her grandmother carries her in: malnourished and cramped- she weighs only 3 pounds. We’re glad she came,[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 3:58 pm § in Church

Being blessed and being a blessing

We went to Gabon to improve our French and for Tabitha to work at the hospital. But it has been our prayer that we not only would be blessed, but that we would also be a blessing. Looking back we see that Jan as well – next to all Tabitha’s work in the hospital – has contributed [&he[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 3:45 pm § in Church

Enjoying equality

Every Sunday morning we are awakened by the joyous music that echoes from the church to the hospital and the homes of hospital staff. At the door we are warmly welcomed by the  midwife. The man who always collects the garbage sings in the choir. We keep a little distance from the[...]

April 19th, 2012 - 6:17 pm § in Medical

Sadness at the Pediatric Ward

Knowing there are children dying in Africa is hard, but seeing a child die is terrible. Milani gasps for breath as he is brought into the Pediatric Ward, he’s only 2 months old. A severe pneumonia, maybe TB or HIV, it looks serious. I continuously walk in to see how he’s do[...]

April 13th, 2012 - 12:46 pm § in Medical, Africa

Myths around pregnancy

“When you eat an egg during pregnancy your baby will be born bald…” An American guest-gynecologist reveals some pregnancy myths. “And when you stretch both arms high up; the umbilical cord might get around the baby’s neck.” “We relate a circulating umbilical cord to a pregnant woma[...]

March 1st, 2012 - 9:49 pm § in Medical, Africa, News

Working in a jungle hospital

“You are unique, there is nobody in the world like you. God has created you with talents and he has a place for you to show his love in this world.” The pastor pressed these encouraging words at the heart of the hospital staff this Tuesday morning. “It makes no sense to compare y[...]

February 15th, 2012 - 7:34 pm § in Family, Africa, News

Living in the jungle!

What do you imagine when one says ‘jungle’? Eating papaya, coconut and banana’s freshly from the three? Yes! Cockroaches in the bedroom? Unfortunately yes… Jungle sounds? Deafening! Monkeys? Not yet seen them. Snakes? Haven’t seen them either (but did see patients with snake bites…) Rain[...]

February 11th, 2012 - 9:30 am § in Family, Africa, News

Traveler’s Log: To Gabon

Wow, what a trip we had! Not only a long journey, but also a very successful and breathtaking journey! Hopefully the following pictures and report give a good impression of our experiences. Last Monday morning at 3 o’clock we stood beside our bed and we left to Schiphol in the freezing cold:[...]

January 31st, 2012 - 8:40 pm § in Medical

Bongolo Hospital

From 6 February till early May 2012 we are at Bongolo Hospital. Tabitha is currently working at the CAMA hospital while Jan practices his French with the children. The hospital is located in the small village of Lebamba which is in the middle of the rain forest!  The closest airport is a 2.5 hour d[...]

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