Trip to Cameroon
| Sep 23, 2012
Flying over the Sahara desert. Hundreds of miles of desolation as far as I can see from 20,000 miles up, for hours of flying now. Over three hours at 600mph and nothing but desert - now starting to see some trees. Will be in Douala in 90 minutes. Here we go. Lord please help me with getting my medical supplies and personal belongings through customs. Amen!
Airport was unnerving, but got through security without problems. The baggage claim area was complete chaos - people trying to get your luggage for you - for a price- lots of harassment , but they're just trying to survive. My bags actually got here - a miracle of God! - and got the medical supplies.
I was picked up by George Ngwang from the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC), who was a true blessing. He took me to the European Baptist Guest House, where I collapsed in comfort. Slept under a mosquito net for the first time - kind of hard to relax under that. Met some nice people there, Keith Streatfeild and his wife, who were medical missionaries from Australia, as well as some others including Jim May, a retired Marine from Lebanon, PA, near my hometown, who was doing mission work and outreach in Douala. These people really blow me away. Keith and his wife started this in 1983, after he finished his anesthesia training, in India for a group called the Navigators. He treated lepers, who had great difficulty finding medical care from anyone else. He filled me in on the manifestations and treatment of this terrible illness on our way to Mbingo. They also lived in Ethiopia for 6 years and have done two 9-month stints in Cameroon.