WE ARE IN LIBERIA!!!
Thank you all so much for all your prayers. The last several weeks have been hectic but also absolutely wonderful, between packing, spending time with family and friends, and MOVING TO LIBERIA. We weren’t able to visit with everyone we love… not enough hours in the day or days in the week… but we are SO glad to have spent time with those of you we did get to see. (Just let us know and we will make a plan to meet up with some of the others of you the next time around!)
We don’t want to bore you with the details, but as a quick packing recap, I do not necessarily recommend trying to fit one’s (or two’s) life (lives) into checked and carry-on baggage. But, if you must, remember that compromise is key. Some of you will be excited to know that Nathan managed to bring a few board games and I snuck in my wind chimes. Also, a carry-on is a great place to pack 45+ pounds of surgical textbooks, but bear in mind that you might get stopped by security because the books are apparently thick enough that you will be suspected to be hiding contraband in them. Also bear in mind you should bring a strong fellow traveler to place it in the over-head bin without dropping it on someone’s head/looking suspicious.
Flights were uneventful but long, with no transfer or layover issues. I slept a good bit, watched a movie I would recommend (A United Kingdom), and enjoyed talking with some Liberians who were also headed home. Nathan (who I regularly peered at between the seats) appeared to enjoy napping and playing games.
When we arrived in Liberia we were greeted warmly by both the people at the airport and the climate. The heat and near-oppressive humidity hit us at once, even though it was after 9pm local time, making our jackets we had worn onto the plane seem utterly ridiculous. By the time we were through the passport line, all of our bags had already been gathered into a group by the porters (the bags were all marked “ELWA Hospital” and I fully recommend this method) and we were so excited to see that all of our bags had arrived with us! We traversed customs quickly with the help of the porters with no issues. It was a testament to us of the quality of care and reputation of ELWA that we, though strangers, were taken care of so well simply because we were going to ELWA Hospital.
We were met at the airport by both SIM and Samaritan’s Purse folks, the beginning of our beautiful blended-family experience. We are here with the post-residency program through Samaritan’s Purse and SP funded the rebuilding of the hospital, but we are seconded to SIM as they own and operate the ELWA compound and hospital. It is a somewhat confusing but beautiful thing, as what it essentially means to us is that we have lots of incredible people and two very reputable organizations watching out for us.
So here we are on the ELWA compound, house J-17. Our home sweet home. And sweet it is, above and beyond what we had expected or hoped. We were blown away with how much space we have and are praying that even now God would begin to allow us to use it for hospitality and His kingdom. We even have a spare bedroom with a bed already in it, just waiting for guests! Now accepting reservations with openings beginning March 2018. 🙂
The last two days have been a dazed flurry of arriving, unloading, unpacking essentials, attempting to reset our internal clocks (we are 5 hours ahead of EST), figuring out communication essentials (with Mrs. Nancy’s indefatigable assistance our phones are working and we have internet/email access as of yesterday afternoon so we would LOVE to hear from you!), and meeting oh so many people, both expats and Liberians. This morning (our first day without any schedule or agenda given that it is Saturday), we were able to sleep in and awoke to the sound of the ocean and children playing. We will attend church tomorrow and have meetings again on Monday. I am still awaiting my interview date to appear at the Liberian Ministry of Health in order to obtain my Liberian medical license before I will be able to begin work. Prayers for an expeditious process are greatly appreciated as I am excited to begin working as soon as possible.
Admittedly, it’s only the very beginning of our time here, but it is such a blessing that things so far are exceeding everything we had expected. What we can say with complete confidence is that God has watched over our going out and our coming in, and we fully trust that He will, both from this time forth and forevermore (Psalm 121:8).
Here’s a fun random pic since we are random people:
We arrived back home to this little guy sitting in our living room last night. Per Nathan, his name is Carlton. We had a little visit, a photo shoot, and then I caught him and put him outside. I think he was sad to leave… I could almost see it in his beady little eyes.
Please continue to follow along as we share more stories and pictures from our Liberian adventure as it unfolds! We can’t wait to discover Liberia with you.
So thankful to the Lord for His provision for you. It is obvious that he indeed went before you, and get is beside you. I can’t wait to see the way he uses you and blesses others through you. Love you two!!!!
Fantastic! Hope your license gets through quickly and smoothly. Nothing helps stop turmoil like getting to work at doing what you love. It’s clear your Angels are working for you! Love DW
We are so thankful you got there safely! We love you dearly and miss you so! God bless you 🙂
So great to hear all the good news. Stay safe and healthy. Look forward to hearing more.
Many blessings on your settling in – may the paperwork go smoothly and may the fellowship be good. Please put us on the list for a visit next time you are back in the states. By then we could probably even come up to JC if necessary. Our daughter and family are moving in next week and can help with Dad’s care so that we aren’t so tied down. We love you guys and are so excited for you!
Much love, The Bradys
Wow, very exciting! Looks beautiful but I’m sure hot and dusty. Love the random stories. Is Nathan working at the hospital also?
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Thanks so much Nathan and your family as you begin this mission. Would love to join you in Liberia. Please let me know as chances open up in the Public Health sector
John and I are so excited for y’all! Can’t wait to read your updates!! God’s provision is already evident. How great that you both obeyed His calling and are trusting Him on this journey! Count us in for that guest room – official reservation to come later 😉
Praying for you guys!!!
Dear Nathan and Amy,
What a fun update. Thanks so much for sharing with me. I am praying that these days of settling in and getting acclimatized will be encouraging. Iâm sure you know the fun and excitement will wane so ask the Father, even now, to carry you through and help you to cling tightly. It sounds like there are going to be good people to walk with you â what a blessing. Know I am praying for you and that you, Amy, will be able to get your medical license soon. Let me know if I can do anything for you.
Susan A. Carter
Director Center for Medical Missions
Christian Medical & Dental Associations
P. O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
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