From the Lomami — a Christmas Thought and Prayer.

While the surgeon Jean-Louis was in Obenge the boat came up river with the vaccination team and the vaccines.  In a country where many villages have no medical facilities and where even villages with a dispensary have no refrigeration, this is critical.

vacination campaign in Obenge
A mother’s grimace as her baby is vaccinated.

Vaccination coverage of the Congo population is still spotty.  The consequences are evident in the prevalence of polio victims everywhere in Congo, some still quite young.  But most of these, by far the vast majority, are not beggars.  They are lame and crippled, but have discovered how to provide for themselves and often for a family.

John was amazed to find this true well up the Lomami.

handicapped fisherman
A very successful fisherman, and polio victim, paddled up to camp to sell his fish before the dugout’s northward trip.

“I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have…”  Acts 3:6
So the Apostle Peter said to a lame man begging at the Beautiful Gate, a temple entrance…
So the Lomami River gives what it has …..


  1. Petie
    Posted 2008-12-27 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    -Thank you for your wonderful post Terry–and a Merry Christmas to you and yours in lovely Red Pond.

  2. Terese Hart
    Posted 2008-12-27 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    And to you, too, Merry Christmas for all the days of Christmas and for all those that follow. To you and to all those you love.

  3. michael
    Posted 2008-12-28 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Wish you all a happy new year and thanks for all of this
    interesting infos( even if they are sometimes hard to take).

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