Mark couldn’t even find one of the villages, a town called Kwi Labare, on a map. Thankfully he met a man in a different village who was a teacher in Kwi Labare. After the man gave him a different name for the village, Mark was able to find the village on Google under this different name.
The medical staff was exceedingly grateful for the helicopter. Conducting these clinics without Mark’s help would have taken about 12 weeks instead of one. They would have been able to plan only one clinic about every other week. According to Jonathan, “These trips [with] the helicopter to all these communities have been very good. The staff have been happy, and the communities are very happy.”
And, as Mark said, “They wouldn’t have happened without JAARS support.” Thank you!
At the village of Tibati, it was Mark’s turn to be encouraged. The clinic there was very short- staffed, so the medical team flown in by Mark brought a few more people for the day, including a rare eye specialist. At about 3:30, Brandon, the chief pilot for SIL Cameroon, called Mark and told him storm clouds were building—they needed to leave soon, or they would get stuck.
Mark let the staff know, and they all tried to finish up what they were doing. Then at 4:30 when they were getting ready to leave, about eight more patients came to see the eye specialist. The staff decided to stay and finish treating all the patients, who otherwise wouldn’t get that care for four to six weeks. “I was impressed with that kind of sacrifice they were willing to make,” Mark said. “They didn’t know where they were going to sleep, but they were perfectly happy to stay for all those patients. That was really encouraging to me.”
Thank you for helping the people in Cameroon receive medical care and have opportunities to hear the gospel.