Polio raises its ugly head

War is not the only thing terrorizing the people of central Africa.  Disease and malnutrition abound in the villages with a disproportionately higher percentage in the refugee camps. Up until recently they faced only the common diseases of this region; malaria and intestinal parasites, to name a couple.  Typhoid fever had begun to appear over the past couple of years, even before the big conflict in C.A.R. began, but now we have heard of a couple of cases of polio in the refugee camps in Cameroon.  There have been enough recent cases in Cameroon that polio boosters are now required if you travel by air internationally.  Please pray that this does not become an epidemic, that the public health teams can get vaccinations to all who need them, before this becomes a serious issue.  Then there’s ebola; not near us but let’s remember those effected areas in prayer, too!

Checking out a little girl at the refugee camp with polio - not a new case

Checking out a little girl at the refugee camp with polio – not a new case

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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