The Lighthouse Medical Missions’ team of 12 departed for the Gambia with six doctors serving on the team along with three nurses. I was very
excited to see the number of people we will be able to serve.
The Ebola outbreak struck during our trip to The Gambia in 2014. We were evacuated from our work compound on the second day and quarantined until our return flight home. It was good to return and finish our work there.
This year we went to the fishing village of Tanji. Many of the local
church people worked along side us as translators and triaging patients.
More people arrive each day and the cases have became more serious. Some doctors saw 50-60 patients a day, and the flow of children is endless. The team is handing out hygiene kits to each person and the young girls get new dresses made by a wonderful women’s group in Ventura.
We had the amazing opportunity to not only meet with the village
Paramount Chief, but also the Gambian President Adama Barrow who is newly elected. He heard of our work here in The Gambia these past 20 years and wanted to meet with us. What an honor. Our team got to pray with him and the success of his new presidency. His wife visited the clinic on the last day and sat at my station as a translator. She is a lovely woman.
We are excited to go back to the Gambia in February 2018.