This Sunday, September 4th, I fly out on my next project trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone!
I described the project in my previous post so if you want to learn more about it, see below under 'Late Summer Update...".
The 'Africa Mercy' - Mercy Ships' floating hospital that has been docked in Freetown, S.L. since January 2011. We'll be staying on the ship and heading into town each day to assess the three hospitals (pictured below). ...It goes without saying that our accommodations for this trip will be "slightly" more comfortable than on most other EMI trips.
As always, please pray for Alisha and the boys who are left behind. In many ways, the sacrifice they make during these trips far exceeds anything I have to endure. The craziness of our Summer has now given way to the even crazier-ness of the Fall! School and soccer are both back in full swing so free time is at a premium and just getting through the day is an achievement. With me gone for nearly two weeks, Alisha will more than have her hands full getting the boys out the door for school in the morning and shuttled around town for practices in the afternoon/evenings. In some ways, going on the project trip is a respite for me...at the expense of Alisha's schedule being turned upside down! So please pray for her and the boys.
Of course, we'd also appreciate your prayers for me and the team's travel and time in Sierra Leone. This is a very different kind of EMI trip, and our scope of work for our time in-country is pretty aggressive. Pray for safety in travel, health as we tour the three government hospitals there, and efficiency and wisdom as we try to do our best to serve the needs of Mercy Ships.
The weather is also not ideal right now - it's the end of the rainy season and they get a huge amount of rain there (on average, 26 inches of rain in September alone!). Pray that our efforts won't be hampered by bad weather.
Here are some pictures of the three hospitals in Freetown, Sierra Leone that we'll be evaluating. Each campus has several buildings, so these are just a few of the many buildings we'll be looking at.
Ola During Children's Hospital
Princess Christian Maternity Hospital