Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Getting Ready to Leave

by Heather Quinn

Our team is getting ready to depart for Sierra Leone this Friday (10/11) at 4:30pm. We will have a long journey to our destination including 14 hours of air travel and 10 hours of ground travel. We have been preparing and planning extensively medically and spiritually for the past 4 months. We are as prepared as we can be states side but realize that once we are in country, anything can happen. We are ready to be flexible and adaptable. 

It continues to rain in Sierra Leone. We got word from Phebian that it is extremely muddy right now making ground travel difficult. We will be bringing rain gear. Our packing has begun and tomorrow we do the final "weigh in" of our luggage. We each have one medical and one personal suitcase filled with either supplies or gear.

While there, we plan to do 4 medical clinic days and 4 educational days in each of the 4 villages we are reaching out too. The educational days will include teaching the healthcare workers from each village about the use of the birthing kits, helping babies breath, basic adult CPR, and a teaching topic of their choice. Through these educational sessions we hope to learn from them about certain health topics as well. We also hope to get to know the villages and what their individual health/social/basic needs are. We plan to do the medical clinic the next day. We've been reading up on and learning about tropical diseases and the treatments of them. We are bringing medications to restock our "pharmacy."

The rest of the days will be filled with doing investigative work on resources in country such as water sources, ways to get medications, visiting pharmacies/health clinics, and getting to know the people we are serving/working along side. 

Please continue to pray for our team and this mission. Without God, we can not succeed. He's led us and blessed this mission thus far. It's in His hands. We are a light in the darkness and the salt of the earth. With that comes challenges and obstacles but with Jesus we are "more than conquerors" and will overcome any opposition.   

In His Service,
Heather A. Quinn

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