On motorcycle helmets


I used to work in the operating room of a busy downtown university teaching hospital.  While working on patients who had been in accidents, I came to appreciate motorcycle helmets.  We called them brain buckets, and there’s definitely a reason for that, the details for which I won’t go into for the squeamish reader.  Awhile back when we were trying to decide on a helmet purchase for Roy, we called an experienced friend for advice.  Here’s what he said “if you have a $10 brain, buy a $10 helmet”.  Needless to say, we went for a sturdier, pricier model.

Now, when I see motorcycle riders wearing their helmets, I let them know how wise they are and how happy I am.  The roads here are messy, bumpy, slippery, and oftentimes filled with pedestrians, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, AND other drivers (who might be drunk – watch out!).  We have a couple of motorcycle accident victims in the mission hospital right now, and I would venture to say that not a week goes by at the hospital without some similar injury.

So I say, “Hurrah for Nadege wearing her beautiful pink helmet!”


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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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