Last Saturday, the four of us with the car not quite to loaded, returned to Alabama. Every family member was on a mission - mine to discover what was left from the fire. Our furlough belongings had been stored in my father-in-law's shed, except for items we thought could ruin by changing weather. Unfortunately, lightning struck the building and it burnt to the ground Timothy's first Sunday back in the US. As we had already left Alabama, we only came back to charred parts that… Continue
Guest Host and WorldVenture Missionary, Jonathan Finley interviews Steve Moore, President of The Mission Exchange and Award Recipient Ken Taylor for a most Extraordinary Outside the Box Ministry. Ken Taylor along with his wife Bola, WorldVenture Missionaries, are doing ministry a new way, a new method yet the…
The Hospital (SCH)
Many of our regular patients are flood affected. One woman told us that the army awakened them in the night and warned them to leave. They fled in the darkness with only their clothing and children. Their house was destroyed and their animals drowned. In the camps, most have malaria fevers. There are many cases of eye, respiratory and skin infections. The number of malnourished children continues to be astonishing. I have seen more perforated and infected eardrums… Continue
Letter from a WorldVenture medical worker returning to Pakistan:
I couldn’t see much of the flooded areas from the airplane; however, on the road between Sukkur and Shikarpur I saw many tent camps full of flood refugees…
The Pakistan airline did not charge me for my excess luggage on my domestic flight to Sukkur, because I was bringing in medicine for the flood relief victims. I arrived back in Shikarpur in time to unpack a few things and then go down to the hospital to… Continue
U.N. Report According to a September 14 report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), flooding in Pakistan is still ongoing: 1) The emergency continues to unfold in the southernmost province of Sindh. Additional towns and villages in Dadu and Jamshoro districts have been flooded in recent days, as Manchar Lake breached its banks. 2) The health cluster warns of an increased risk of malaria, particularly in the south, in the coming days and weeks. 3)… Continue
Tales of tragedy and joy Personal stories are of tragic loss and joyful deliverance are beginning to trickle out from the flood victims of Pakistan. We can’t vouch for the two below, but they were sent by reliable sources.
In one village where a man in his late-twenty’s was living, water suddenly came gushing through with great force. The man and his wife decided to put their four young children on a charpai (a woven bed) to carry them to higher ground. As they carried the… Continue
Sukkur Preparation began on 1,000 Eid packages to be given out leading up to Eid, Friday’s Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. They will contain: suji, noodles, sugar, geh, a large bottle of pop (Pepsi/ Sprite), a large MilkPak, some sweets and ORS (water purification) preparation cards. One hundred and seventy of these were distributed.
Something interesting happened today. People from some camps were blocking a road and demonstrating against authorities that had… Continue
The Hospital(SCH) An aid worker has suggested that we open a ward for malnourished children. Dr. Priscilla thinks that this would be doable with our current employees. Dr. Debbie will write to a contact with SIM who runs a child feeding center in Sudan to ask for their feeding protocol. She has also presented a proposed model for the medical camps that we will hopefully be able to use when our short-term teams arrive.
Medical Personnel Needed! To further help address the health issues in Pakistan, we are hoping to send two medical teams to work with our medical practitioners at the hospital (SCH) in short-term blocks through mid-September to the end of October. If epidemics arise, they may need to be extended through November. Each team will need a male and female doctor (or provider), two nurses, as well as a team leader/coordinator, and a cook/laundry helper. The teams will be used for mobile… Continue