The following entry was taken from an e-mail from Dr. Roger Kimber.
On the way to Ghana:
We had and uneventful trip to Ghana, with a long enough layover in Amsterdam. We got to go to world famous tulip gardens there. It was a bit chilly but they were beautiful and it sure beat sitting in the airport.
Day 1 on Accra:
This AM I went for a run, and was surprised that I could only run a few blocks before I had to stop and walk (I still went for about 30 minutes). Dr. Scott Jackson (who recently recovered from a
bilateral pneumonia which put him in the hospital for two weeks) had been pestering me about my cough since we took off, and I finally took the hint and had him and Dr. Laura Viscome listen to me and they agreed that I have pnuemonia. I am eating and drinking and in no danger at this point of getting as sick as Scott was, but I do have travel health insurance. Pray for speedy
recovery and not disruption of our work on my account.
We have been well welcomed by our hosts, including a team of young individuals from Compassion International, Ghana (Richwell Ofosu and Daniel Asante) and the guest housestaff.
We had a brief orientation meeting last night and prayer from a local pastor. Then we all collapsed into a deep sleep (some were awakened by a dog/cat fight).
Unfortunately the van that we will be working out of as a mobile clinic, was found to have a dead battery (headlights were left on--boy have I been there in the past), so we are waiting around for the battery to get charged up enough to start it.
Today's tasks are to go out to the village and set up the van. Tomorrow we will link up with our Compassion International partners/hosts and coordinate our work for the rest of the week. We thought that we would start on Monday, but it turns out that people take Easter Monday here seriously, and it is a real holiday.
We have used some of the down time to do some medical strategizing and remind ourselves how to treat malaria and scabies if we encounter it, as well as getting to know each other and our hosts. I will send more updates as I get opportunity.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
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