Stories

Every-other week, we send out the PCP Promise – our updates to you with stories from Congo. Read more below, and check back soon for new posts or sign up to receive these stories in your email.

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Filling the Gaps

PCP Medical Ambassadors are working with their Congolese counterparts to improve lives, one filling at a time. Read more.

Women Lead the Way to Clean Water

In a recent meeting, many of the women quickly realized that the water they drink was causing serious health problems, especially for their children. After a bit of resistance from the men, some of the women said, “If you could see what you drink, you wouldn’t be drinking it!”  Read more.

Learning Together at GMCH

We want to wish you a very joyous Christmas season and provide you with an update on the recent conference a group of Medical Ambassadors attended in November. Learn more about a new approach to healthcare in Congo.

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Our hearts are filled with thankfulness for you, our supporters in this calling of God for His glory in the Congo. For we know it is by God’s hand that hearts are touched, resources realized, and Congolese people impacted with life changing initiatives. So from the PCP team to you, we say “Thank You!” with grateful hearts.

In this season we’d like to share some good news about what’s happening in PCP. Read more.

PCP Welcomes Renée Hale as new Executive Director

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We are excited to announce that Renée N. Hale has been named the new executive director of the Paul Carlson Partnership! Read more.

The Way to Clean Water

In almost every meeting we have with community leaders, doctors, and nurses in Congo, water issues take preeminence. Sadly, access to clean water remains a major problem. Most of Congo’s common childhood sicknesses could be avoided if children were drinking clean water. But this has no simple fix. Read more.

 “Brothers Biking for Congo” Team Raises Over $10,000

Dennis Carlson, associate pastor of Faith Covenant Church in Farmington, MI, and his brother, Rod Carlson, participated in the 420-mile RAGBRAI XLIV, The (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, to raise support for the Congo Clinic Initiative. Some 10,000 cyclists participated in the race, and in keeping with tradition, the race begins with bikers having their rear wheel in the Missouri river at Glenwood, Iowa, and ends with riders dipping their front tires in the Mississippi River at Muscatine. Read more.

 Refrigerators are Running

Some vaccinations, medicines, and blood transfusions are often needed in Congo, but a care-provider is limited in what they can offer sick patients without refrigeration. Read more to find out how our partners are solving this common problem through CCI support.

 A Medical Ambassador Update, at Long Last

Hello Medical Ambassadors! I hope you have enjoyed the summer months. We at PCP have been traveling, some of us to Congo, some church visits in the States, some to the ECC Annual Meeting and Triennial events, and squeezing in a few days of vacation. Now that the summer is winding down, at long last we have another update for you regarding Medical Ambassador trips, clinic improvements, and a new CEUM Medical Director. Read more.

 The Whole Gospel in Congo

“My dream is for the holistic salvation of souls.”

This is the vision President Jules Mboka has for the CEUM (the Covenant Church of Congo). In the first year of his second term as the leader of this large church community, President Mboka has a well-developed sense of what holistic salvation means and how lives can be changed. But what is “holistic salvation” and how is PCP involved in this mission? Read more.

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A Zulu Dam Update

10.5 kilometers. 90 poles. 30 workers. 1 goal: power to Karawa.

Over the last month and a half, a massive combined effort has led to the installation of new poles for the Zulu power line along a route over ten kilometers long from the Zulu Dam to Karawa hospital. Read more.

My First Trip to Congo

by Craig Anderson, Director of Medical and Health Programs

20160404_105423At the end of March, I took my first trip to Congo with a group of Medical Ambassadors. Having been to Africa many times before, I found the Congo to be like much of the rest of the continent. The cities are full and busy with all sorts of vehicles (two wheeled, three wheeled, and multi-wheeled) and pedestrians all claiming the same places on the roads. Read more.

Visiting Anne Marie

by Dr. Jim Walker, PCP Medical Ambassador

FullSizeRenderLast year, we learned about Anne Marie Magolo Zuku, a nurse at the IPOK Clinic near Gemena. She had attended a Medical Ambassador course called Bleeding After Birth which trains doctors and nurses how to manage bleeding complications after delivery. On Sunday, April 19, 2016, a Medical Ambassadors team visited Anne Marie again, just after she used the training to save another woman’s life and trained another nurse to take the techniques to his own clinic. Read more.

Congo Son

by Liripa Floribert (Flory) Buki as told to Linda Sladkey | Photography by Edgar Torres
congo-son-hero-imgSeparated from his family by war, Flory Buki embarked on a journey of survival and persistent hope. Read more.

Local Doctors Start New Center to Fight Malnutrition

In Bogose Nubea, malnutrition is a major problem. Dr. Florent and his colleagues know that this problem will never be solved by simply finding better ways to treat malnourished kids, so they came up with new ways to tackle malnutrition from multiple angles. Read more.

Our Experience in Brussels after the Terrorist Bombings

by the CKC and PCP team

Brussels-CKC-PCP-teamMany of you have asked about what the Covenant Kids Congo and Paul Carlson Partnership team experienced in Brussels after the terrorist bombings on March 22nd. We are deeply grateful for your prayers, and we are thankful to be safe. Today we’re sharing a little about that experience and what we took away from it. While it was challenging, we want to stress that we were well cared for. What we experienced was so minuscule in light of everyone who suffered on this day, including those who were injured or killed in the attacks. We mourn for those who suffered from these attacks and other tragic events in our dark world. Read the story here.

Empowering Local Engineers to Build Bridges

CaptureJames Fischer, Director of Economic Development, recently returned from a three week trip to Congo. While there, he was able to provide an update about a bridge at Kungu River that was rebuilt by local engineer, Kade Zongalinga.
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We welcome Tom Verdoorn!

IMG_1051It’s an honor to be asked to serve in an interim leadership role during this transition. For me, the honor is largely related to two factors: first, the 50 year legacy inspired by the sacrifice of Dr. Paul Carlson in investing in the lives of our brothers and sisters in remote areas of the DRC; and second, the opportunity to work with a team that is fully engaged to further the organization’s mission.
Read more here.

We crossed the finish line!

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Thank you to all of our Congo Clinic Initiative sponsors! We are in awe of what God has done through the collective effort – you! – to provide financial support of the Covenant Medical system in Congo. 

We are fully staffed!

1915378_10153903646869911_4800860310728125422_nPCP is pleased to announce two new staff members to the team, Craig Anderson and Jacques Lomande. Please click here to read about their background and their new roles at PCP. 

Gbagu’s Boat

by James Fischer, Director of Economic Development
IMG_0011“The boat is yours, if you can find it,” the story goes. The boat was on the bottom of a river, where the boat’s former owner had left it. Continue to read more about why Gbagu wanted to restore this boat.

How to Install a Solar Panel

nugaza installWhat does it take to install a solar panel? James Fischer, PCP’s Director of Economic Development, recently returned from Congo with this amazing step-by-step report and photos from the Lead Technician, Gaspy Zongalinga. Click here to read more and view the photo gallery.

Crisis of Confidence

IMG_0037When it comes to Africa, the buzzword, of course, is poverty. As Americans, prone to define our world economically, we want to eradicate poverty. Yet, for all of the missional principals to which I am committed and all I have sought to learn, eradicating poverty is elusive and the complexities of cross-cultural ministry confound me. Read more here.

Richard and Delphine

FullSizeRender (2)Richard and Delphine, who are married, are both nurses and run one of the area’s best clinics. Their small clinic has a consultation room, a treatment room, a delivery room, and a small lab. With limited supplies and a microscope, Richard and Delphine are able to diagnose and treat sicknesses. Last month, for the first time, their clinic received solar light. Read more here.

Congolese Christmas

Nativity2How does the Christmas story end? We certainly know how it begins. During my recent trip to Congo, I was confronted with a profoundly different ending and tone to the Christmas story. Read more here.

Power Will Be Restored!

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IMG_1707The Zulu Hydroelectric Dam, which is the only hydroelectric power for Karawa Hospital, has been in need of a new transmission line. Just last week, the new equipment arrived! But it still has a ways to go.

Read the full update here.

Give Them a Voice

IMG_2032Pope Francis’ recent visit to Africa continues to prompt dialogue. Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in Congo’s neighboring country, the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis would spend about 33 hours in the country.

What could anyone accomplish in 33 hours, we asked? Read more here.

Light ’em up!SolarVideo

We are excited to report that 63 solar lighting systems have arrived at their final destination. Read more.

Stark Contrast

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The string of lights sparkled across the Congolese field.

“Mondele!” noted my host pointing to members of my team behind each of the flashlights forming this beautiful constellation, but Congolese villagers do not own lights, flashlights, or any other kind.  Read more here.

When Healthcare Hurts

IMG_0469 (1)PCP’s Medical Ambassador leaders recently attended the Global Mission Health Conference. They learned that even in the world of saving lives, more “harm than help” can accompany our good intentions. The history of global health ministry is fraught with examples of well-meaning professionals unintentionally causing harm. The very lives we seek to serve and save are at stake. Read more here.

Not Just Paris

Misc 3 Ppl Portrait Wasolo PicsFromCD1004 155The haunting news of the ISIS attacks on Paris echo at every turn this week–in the news, at the local coffee shop, in every prayer–and is personal for many of us. Paris represents a place that feels known to us, whether we have visited it or not. We feel a kinship and solidarity with France. How can we share the same social solidarity with the Democratic Republic of Congo? Read more here.

Drought

Carrying Water (Small)I live in California, currently the land of navy showers and crispy landscapes. For four years we have endured the drought. I am tired of living without water. I am tired of saving shower water in buckets. I must self-regulate toilet flushing. I miss the vivid technicolor landscape that I have known. I miss water. I want my water back! Read more here…

Not Pretty

DSCN0205“Why is PCP building 108 clinics?” I am often asked. “Why not a nice round number like 100, or 110 clinics?” First, lets dispel the notion. We are not building clinics. Furthermore, we are not making these clinics pretty. But why? Read more here…

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After crossing the Atlantic Ocean and going through customs, the solar panels have arrived safely in Kinshasa. Read more.

Hurdles to Healthcare

IMG_0367When you are looking for a new physician, how do you find one? Most of us ask our friends and family to find a doctor we can trust. The people of Congo are asking the same questions, with different factors to consider.

Read more here…

The Value of Light

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With many urgent medical needs in Congo, why does solar lighting matter? While we must address the urgent needs, PCP is also engaged in a strategic solar lighting project. Light is essential. It is far more than a cosmetic luxury.

Read more here…

Caring for the Land

Mboka in Kansas_July 2015A message from James Fischer, Director of Economic Development

When I travel to DR Congo, I generally end up visiting farms—rice, peanut, corn, palm, coffee, tea, various fruit trees, and the list could go on. I’m always impressed by the amount of work that Congolese farmers are able to do with such limited resources, and usually with no safety net or insurance. Recently, some of our Congolese partners got to visit a very different kind of farm.

Read more here…

100% Pass National Exam!

Nadej2A congratulations is in order for the 18 students who graduated from ITM Nursing School in Karawa last year, and all 18 passed their national exams! 100% of their class are now nationally-certified nurses. This rare accomplishment has set a new benchmark for the school and has put these students at the top of their class nationally.

Read more here…

Is This It?

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Famine, war, disease, corruption! Is this all that Congo is? Looking in the news these days, you might think that there’s nothing more to Africa than these immense problems. But is this all that Congo is?

Read more here…

True Wealth

IMG_0801Pastor Steve Bunyard, Local & Global Outreach Pastor at Rolling Hills Covenant Church, recently visited Congo with PCP. Rolling Hills is a generous supporter of the Congo Clinic Initiative. He has shared some of his reflections and stories with us.

Read more here…

Building Bridges

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What would happen if you couldn’t get to your hospital, work, or grocery store? If a vital road in your town was unusable because a bridge was out? Think for a moment about all the bridges you use and imagine how difficult life would be without them.

Read more here…

Bringing Local Entrepreneurship to Life

Market FoodGuluya used the loan to build a new store and increase her inventory. Her income more than doubled! And she is maintaining her business without ongoing support!
Read more here…

“Dr. Paul, You Are the Only One Remaining”

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Don’t worry, he told Lois. If he missed a radio-check, chances were it was because he was operating on a patient. But for the only doctor in the Ubangi, chances were that would be all the time – and for anybody he could help…

Read more here…

Thank You For Not Forgetting Us

From Ann Hagensen – Nursing Focus Group Co-Chair

KCC PosterAfter driving for over an hour on bumpy roads and crossing several log bridges Dr. Gigal turned to me and said “I just want you to be prepared for the many people who are waiting to meet you, they are very excited!”
Read more here…

Training Surgeons in Congo

LidiaThe latest PCP Medical Ambassadors training team has returned from Congo! The stories of their experiences are overwhelming.Dr. Linda Lindquist wrote about one of their patients, pictured here after surgery.Lidia was a 7½ year old who came in with her grandmother. The two escaped fighting and gunfire…

Read more here…

Konola: To Plant

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A message from James Fischer, Director of Economic Development
Agriculture doesn’t just provide food; it is the primary source of income for most people in northern DRC. Developing good seeds and proper training allow farmers to maximize their efforts and avoid catastrophic losses. This is what the Covenant Church of Congo, the CEUM, is doing to raise the standard of agriculture in their region.
Read more here…

Transformation If…

Girl and BabyDo you believe God will provide a just world? Stop for a moment. Deep in your heart – do you believe God will right the wrongs? Lately the nightly newscasts have been pregnant with stories of tragedy, potentially instilling uncertainty and fear. Will ISIL be defeated? Will the warlords in Eastern Congo put down their machine guns? Can DR-Congo peacefully and democratically elect a new president? Will God right the poverty, disease, death and corruption that have plagued DR-Congo?

Read more here…

Entrepreneurship In Congo and Farewell to Texa Dembele

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A message from James Fischer, Director of Economic Development
It’s been such a joy for me to be part of Paul Carlson Partnership since last September. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know our church partners in Congo. We’re happy to continue supporting farmers and entrepreneurs through training and targeted investments. On my first trip to Congo, I met one of these entrepreneurs. Here is his story

Read more here…

60 Clinic Partners!

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The response to the Congo Clinic Initiative has been overwhelming! Over 60 churches, groups, and families have committed themselves to partner with a clinic for the next five years. 60!

Read more here…

Proxy Wars

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 14, By Mike Hertenstein
Adding to the confusion: America, beacon of hope, marshalled troops in its own streets amid racial conflict and regularly took the side of ex European colonialists against proliferating independence movements…
Read more here…

40 Clinics Sponsored!

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Two months after the official launch of the Congo Clinic Initiative we are celebrating 40 partners! Our goal is 108 partners, for the 108 clinics run by the Covenant Church in Congo, and thanks to you we are well on our way!

Pastor Dan Johnson at Hilmar Covenant Church just contacted us with the exciting news…
Read more here…

The Last Innocent Year

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 13, By Mike Hertenstein
Paul Carlson stayed non-stop busy caring for patients under battlefield conditions, with only a gas-powered World War II –surplus radio connection to his fellow missionaries, and very little connection beyond. The world Dr. Carlson and his family had left, meanwhile, was vanishing behind them…
Read more here…

The Congo Clinic Initiative

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“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”- Ephesians 1:16

Friends,
We give thanks for you. It is an incredible privilege to partner with you in serving Congo, and our work would not be possible without your support…
Read more here…

Medical Ambassadors

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 12, By Mike Hertenstein
Dr. Jim Walker had never seen a mother die in labor – not in nearly four decades of practice. But on a two-week trip to the Congo, he saw it happen before his eyes…
Read more here…

The Congo Clinic Initiative

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I met her at the hospital, cooking over a large pot at the outdoor kitchen. Her three-year old son had been admitted for diarrhea. Their village was almost eight miles away. The only way to transport the unconscious child to this hospital was to strap the child to the mother’s back on a bicycle so she could get him to the closest treatment….
Read more here…

The Horror

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 11, By Mike Hertenstein
Radical suffering defies simple explanation – as does radical love, the only response strong enough, ultimately, to send into battle against it. That’s the heart of the Gospel, the apocalyptic revelation entrusted to the missionaries, carried now, too, by a Congolese church…
Read more here…

The Monganga Paul Mark

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A personal story from Pastor Rick Carlson
Upon hearing word of his death, I lost a hero. As a child, I did not understand the complicated Cold War politics that surrounded Congo at the time, or the convoluted motives of the Congolese rebels who captured and killed Paul.

All I knew was that a man who had a brilliant career ahead of him as a surgeon in Southern California, responded to the call of God, took his family to the “end of the earth” to serve people who he didn’t know.
Read more here…

Women Ministries and the PCP Legacy

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A personal story from Bonnie Stephens, Northbrook Covenant
I don’t know why, but his story has had an impact on my adult life. He has given me a heart for Congo.
Read more here…

Let it Flow

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 10, By Mike Hertenstein
A little history on Zulu Dam and Mbudi Water Wheel. Now undergoing renovations to restore full functionality!

Read more here…

On the Grid

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 9, By Mike Hertenstein

In the spring of 1964, the radio crackled that a missionary doctor at a faraway station was stricken with malaria. Dr. Paul Carlson made an all-night drive through torrential rain over muddy jungle roads to treat this colleague and consult with others across the network.
Read more here…

Connections

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A personal story from Joyce Fredrickson

A story about lasting connections from Bible camp on

En Memoire de Docteur Paul Carlson

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 8, By Mike Hertenstein 

With independence in the Congo in 1960, the Belgian government abandoned a newly-built hospital at Loko. In 1965, exactly one year after Paul Carlson was taken hostage and killed during the Simba Rebellion, Lois Carlson launched a foundation named for her husband. The foundation was able to obtain the deed to the Loko hospital for free from the new Congolese government. Now part of a Congolese-run system of 5 hospitals and 108, Loko hospital still has printed over the entrance: “En Memoire de Docteur Paul Carlson”

Read more here…

Healing Heritage

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 7, By Mike Hertenstein 

The first ECC Congo mission was led by Dr. Wallace “Wally” Thornbloom. Right out of medical school, Dr. Thornbloom joined the Swedish Mission in Lower Congo in 1935 with his fiancée Sarah Westerfield, an ECC nurse. Their first child, Beverly, was born in Kibunzi in January 1937. Later that year, the Thornbloom family moved to the far north as the ECC took charge of a mission hospital in Karawa…

Read more here…

New Church, New Friendship

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A personal story from Mary Nygren

A story about the beginning of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, and lasting friendships

Tribes

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 6, By Mike Hertenstein 

Titus Johnson planted a church in the remote Ubangi region which grew to be the Congo’s largest Protestant denomination, larger than US-affiliate Evangelical Covenant Church, which assumed initial responsibility for the mission. Today, the ECC has become a leader among US churches in growing multiethnic membership and leadership.

Read more here…

Hospitality

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A personal story from Mark Eastburg and father, John Eastburg

A picture and story about Covenanters with California ties connecting across the country.

Teenage Fun

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A personal story from Paul Lindholm, friend to Dr. Paul

The young people at the Los Angeles Covenant Church were about as serious as they could be in 1943 during World War II. … On a whim, one night before the evening church service a dozen of us or more decided to exchange clothes before entering the sanctuary.

Tribes

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 5  By Mike Hertenstein 

Togetherness has a way of bringing out our best and worst, both community and conflict. It’s complicated – balancing unity and diversity, identity and otherness, without falling into Us vs. Them.

Read more here…

Water Flows Again at Karawa Hospital!

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A story from Paul Noren, Missionary to Congo

Imagine a hospital without water, paying women to carry water in seven gallon jugs on their heads. They carry it from the spring, over a mile away and up a 300′ hill. Bring up the subject and all the women groan. Now the water is flowing and life and work have become a lot easier. All the people at Karawa thank PCP for this amazing gift.

My Friend Paul

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A personal story from Marvin Wickstrom, Missionary to Congo

It was in the school year of 1948 – 49 at North Park Junior College that Paul and I were brought together in a seven student apartment. I came from a small town with little experience living in a city and urban life. Paul had just finished two years in the U. S. Navy and had grown up in Los Angeles.

A Passion for the Impossible

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 4  By Mike Hertenstein 

Over the next two years, Paul and Lois Carlson and their two young children followed a path of preparation for a long-term commitment to the mission field. Paul trained in tropical medicine, the family took language lessons in France, before arriving in the Congo in July of 1963.

In Wasolo (that remote area known as “the Forgotten Corner”) was an 80-bed hospital and, just outside of town, a leper colony. The work would be non-stop, under unimaginably difficult conditions. Paul would be summoned, sometimes in the middle of the night, for emergency cases, often operating by lantern-light.

Read more here…

Can I Make a Difference?

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A personal story from Julie Malyon, PCP Nursing Focus Group, Co-Chair

Can I make a significant and meaningful contribution as a Medical Ambassador?

This question tugged at my mind as I participated in my first Medical Ambassador Focus Group conference call.  When asked to join a team traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the anxiety of this question consumed my mind.

The Call of a Lifetime

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 3  By Mike Hertenstein 

The story accelerates over the 1950s into 1960, “The Year of Africa,” when 17 African nations gained independence. In Upper Congo, ECC missionaries saw it coming, and struggled to prepare the Congolese to assume primary responsibility for the church, schools and medical system. With unexpected speed, Independence came in June, 1960. The election of Congolese nationalist Patrice Lumumba could not stabilize a nation torn from within and without.

Read more here…

Journey with a Legacy

VaccineA personal story from Dan Johnson, associate pastor at Hilmar Covenant Church 

I worked part time at the Paul Carlson Medical Program (PCMP) while a student at North Park, from 1973-1976. It was a very special job for me; I remembered quite vividly when Paul Carlson was killed in 1964 and so to be able to share in his legacy by working for PCMP was quite a privilege…

Read more here…

Not-So Forgotten

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 3  By Mike Hertenstein

Swede Titus Johnson attended Bible school in Chicago then bicycled his way across Africa to the Ubangi, where he founded the first Protestant mission there in 1923. His Evangelical Free Church sent a team to help oversee this work, and Titus returned to the States to attend medical school. Eventually, he returned to the Congo as a medical missionary.

Read more here…

50 Years of Serving Congo

VaccineOn November 24th, 1964, Dr. Paul Carlson was martyred by Simba rebels in DR-Congo. Today, after 50 years of serving Congo, Paul Carlson Partnership invites you to join us in honoring the legacy of this missionary hero.

Read more here…

Church History: Back to the Future

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Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 1  By Mike Hertenstein 

Fifty years ago this summer and fall there unfolded in Africa a story that held the world’s attention, amidst so many other dramatic headlines at that crossroads of history. In 1964, in the still newly-independent Democratic Republic of Congo…

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Malaria and Muddy Roads

50 YearsA personal story from Naomi Smith, RN

I was the only RN working at Tandala Hospital in 1961 when we were without a resident missionary doctor. I was left with a nursing school to run and was on call 24/7. Missionary doctors like Dr. Thornbloom, Dr. Dennis, Dr. Berquist, and Dr. Paul Carlson would come for a few days or a week…

Read more here…

Wanted: Your Stories

vaccine For centuries, artists around the world have woven fibers together to become something more than the sum of their parts. Though often relegated to museums,  tapestries hang ready to tell a story to anyone who will stop and look. Stories of bravery, relationship, loss and hope that might not otherwise have anything in common are all joined by the threads that create the entire piece.

Read more here…

Congo Clinics: The Frontline

grandfatherWhile we celebrate the successes of PCP and our partners in Congo, we also take a moment to reflect on the all too frequent tragic losses. I was in Congo last month when I witnessed such a loss. This grandfather had walked 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) with his malaria-stricken grandson clutched to his chest.

Read more here…

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