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one day (part I)

This is a 3-part blog series I wrote about one 28 hour on-call shift at the Hospital of Hope.  If the wifi works (which is a BIG if here in rural West Africa, I’ll post all three this week.) * It’s Saturday morning and I’m on call with a Family Practice doctor who’s visiting for […]


sunday mornings and friday nights

It’s been a long week. I was in clinic on Thursday and Friday.  Then I worked in the hospital from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.  I took a short nap, then spoke at a church service on Sunday night.  I was in clinic on Monday, and again on Tuesday (yesterday.)  Today I’m heading back to the […]

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“it doesn’t go”

Every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m., patients who want a doctor’s appointment that day line up outside the hospital gate for triage. If there are four providers in the clinic, we can see 120 patients.  Some days as many as 500 patients wait in line. The director of the hospital triages them one at a […]

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just to be the one

On my last day in Paris, I was walking toward Luxembourg Garden, composing a blog post in my head about how much I love Paris because I’ve been here four times and so I can navigate it easily without getting lost. And then I stopped daydreaming and realized I’d been so distracted writing a blog […]

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i’m flying to togo tonight!

After months of planning, praying, packing, getting vaccines and buying clothes appropriate for a Muslim culture, the day of departure is finally here. I’m flying to Togo tonight! I’ll land in Lome (Togo’s capital) at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and the following day I’ll take the 9-hour cab ride north to the hospital in Mango. […]

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guess what? i’m going to africa!

I’m going to Togo, Africa! Here’s a little context for you…I have wanted to serve in international medical missions for as long as I can remember, all the way back to when I was in elementary school and our church had missionaries come on Sunday nights and give slideshow presentations about the work they were […]



“Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” Ben Okri *** You know how when you graduate from high school, a million people ask you what you’re going to do with your life next? When I was 18 and people asked me that question, I told them I was going to be a […]