Annual Leave

Our time in the United States is just about over. On Tuesday, June 14 we head back to Sierra Leone to again take up our work there. To be frank it has not been much of a vacation in the usual sense of the word, as we have crisscrossed the country doing presentations, meeting with potential donors and volunteers and doing everything we can to tell the incredible story of the Adventist Health System in Sierra Leone.

OK, please give a proud dad a little slack.  We came back for Lindsay's graduation from Southern Adventist University.

OK, please give a proud dad a little slack. We came back for Lindsay’s graduation from Southern Adventist University.

Jon and Lindsay love their mom.

Jon and Lindsay love their mom.

And God has blessed our efforts. Thanks to Adventist Health International (AHI), Brothers Brother Foundation, and Healey Foundation we have a new OR table, suction machines and cautery on a container headed to Freetown. Thanks to donors we have not one, but two operating headlights to use until we get the overhead lights repaired or replaced. We have leads on a refurbished affordable autoclave, we have two anesthesia providers who have committed to coming in the next 8 months to do teaching, and a chaplain who is coming this winter as well. We have hospitals, clinics, and churches who are considering partnering (read adopting) us. I just heard that one of the medical school classes at Loma Linda University is considering taking us on a project.

So it has been busy, but there is still much to be done, please pray that God will give us grace, wisdom and strength to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

So Lindsay, at the last minute, got me to teach her classes for her.  She learned how to put on PPE, from Sierra Leone.

So Lindsay, at the last minute, got me to teach her classes for her. She learned how to put on PPE, from Sierra Leone.

Bekki and I in our Africa duds with Lindsay in her PPE.

Bekki and I in our Africa duds with Lindsay in her PPE.

On our blog page we added a “Projects” page to keep you updated on the status of the various projects we are working on at the hospital. We also added a “How to Donate” page to give simple, clear instructions on how followers can help out financially. We updated the pictures, and are currently sharing a series of posts sharing the story of Ebola and health care in Sierra Leone.

Bekki and I have been convinced of the new reality that is life in the digital age, and the age of social media. So in addition to our blog we have a Facebook page for Waterloo Adventist Hospital, you can follow us on twitter, and Instagram.

To follow us on Facebook type “Waterloo Adventist Hospital” in the search line, then “like” us when the page comes up. There are two Facebook pages, one is Waterloo Adventist Hospital, run by us. The other is Adventist Health System – Waterloo Hospital and it is run by our administrator, Mr. Joseph Fobbie, it is also a great page to follow.

To follow us on Instagram look for us as “scottnbekki” or “Scott N Bekki Gardner

To follow us on Twitter we are @ahswaterloo60 or Scott Gardner.

If you like our posts, pictures, or stories, please repost, retweet, share with your friends. We want the world to know about Sierra Leone, and the remarkable people who live and work at the Adventist Health System in that beautiful tropical country.

Bekki and I in the Smokies outside of Asheville, North Carolina with the McDowells.  Mason is coming, YEA, to teach anesthesia.

Bekki and I in the Smokies outside of Asheville, North Carolina with the McDowells. Mason is coming, YEA, to teach anesthesia.

For those of you who are new to our blog please look around at the other pages, the “About” page tells a bit of who we are and our background, the “Definitions” page explains some terms that are used that some of you may not be familiar with, such as GC or AHI. The “Timeline” gives an idea of where we will be throughout the year. On the “Videos” page watch a real Ebola survivor, Dalton Kabia, tell his story. Watch our community health officer explain why the staff agreed to work in the Ebola Red Zone even after they lost 2 staff members to Ebola. There is also the Surgical Pictures Page, but be forewarned, it has some very graphic pictures, so if you don’t like blood and guts, stay away from that page. On the Projects and Donations pages you can find the projects we are working on and how to donate to the project that touches your heart. Finally, if you like our blog and want to receive each new post directly to your e-mail, please sign up with your e-mail in the subscribe box. It doesn’t cost anything, there is no commitment, it just makes it easier to follow us.

We welcome volunteers.

-Scott Gardner

3 thoughts on “Annual Leave

  1. Dear Scott and Bekki,

    You will certainly continue to be lifted up *in our prayers every day.* Hope you have a smooth and safe trip back to Sierra Leone. Sounds like your time back in the US of A was productive and fruitful.

    Blessings, friends.

    Gene and Leona

    On Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 1:26 PM, Gardners Under The African Son wrote:

    > scottgardner56 posted: “Our time in the United States is just about over. > On Tuesday, June 14 we head back to Sierra Leone to again take up our work > there. To be frank it has not been much of a vacation in the usual sense of > the word, as we have crisscrossed the country doing ” >

  2. Dear Bekki and Scott,

    Thank you for the family news and for the pictures. Lindsay looks like an astronaut from Mars in her PPE. ☺
    You surely appreciated the intensive family adrenalin as you prepare to go back to your new field under the African Son.
    My prayers will continue to accompany you. I wish you a safe trip.

    A warm hug,
    Pietro

  3. So sorry I missed your visit at Lewiston. We were returning from England where we saw the Queen literally. Great trip! Glad to hear your home “vacation” was successful. God is truly blessing you all. Yay! Connie

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