This past April, Lighthouse Medical Missions departed for Sierra Leone on our 9th trip to that country and 16th trip overall. Our team of 71 volunteers was the largest we have ever fielded and consisted of individuals from four countries (United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Senegal), and nine states (California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota and Virginia). Included on the team were 3 pastors, 9 doctors, 8 nurses, 2 dentists, 2 EMT’s, one pharmacist and one dietician along with several teens.
While there, the team divided into three separate working units and journeyed to the towns of Bo, Lunsar and Port Loko. In total, we were able to attend to between 3,500-4,000 patients during the week that we were there, some of whom were in critical condition. The status of health care in Sierra Leone continues to be dire, but my overall assessment of the country is that conditions are improving, a point I am happy to report.
Some of the notable moments in-country included enjoying Easter Morning church services with Pastor Harrison Sommer preaching to the Freetown congregation, ribbon-cutting on a recently completed church and school complex in Lunsar and sharing a dinner with the acting Ambassador from the Untied States, The Honorable Glen Fetzer. Overall Sierra Leone 2010 was an excellent team that lifted the spirits of the patients we ministered to and to all who participated in that effort. The Lord was glorified and the hope of knowing Him was preached.