This year’s Damba Festival was a great one that went off without a hitch. I joined the “young men” to dane the Saturday night before but they organized again around 1pm on Sunday, the day of Damba. I missed the second young men’s dance but was invited into the palace to be with the elders and the king’s entourage as he prepared to come out.
Here is a slideshow of photos from the event but you can head over to my Flickr gallery to browse all my 2018 Damba Festival images.
You can watch a longer version (10 min) of the above 2018 Damba Festival video on Youtube.
This month the Baptist Medical Centre where we live and work celebrated its 60th anniversary. Back in May, the celebratory events started and continued until the climax on November 8th. Delegates from BMC partners, government agencies and departments, churches and conventions all gathered at the BMC Public Health Park for the event.
The guest of honor was Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. In his speech, he recalled how his father along with Dr. George Faile Jr. and Naa Sheriga were the three leaders who made the vision of BMC possible in 1958.
Here are some images of the event: Read More
This past Sunday we were invited again by our friend Pastor David Duut to visit his church in Baungu and participate in the baby naming ceremony (outdooring) of his newborn. The little boy was named Godfrey Motaug. David explained that Motaug is a Bimoba word that means “unity”.
Almost exactly years ago, William officiated their first child’s outdooring and you can see in the image below that she has grown quite a bit! She was name Moyoom which is a girl’s name also meaning “unity.”
Pastor Duut’s church has also grown a lot over the past three years. They finally finished construction on their new church building. It was greatly needed to accommodate their large number of members. It also gives them plenty of room to dance in worship!
Earlier this year, Heidi received news that she had been accepted as an International Fellow with the American College of Surgeons. It’s certainly cool that she now gets to slap the FACS acronym after her name. But it’s more than just a title.
“The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.”
It is especially important because it means that Heidi now has the opportunity to supervise surgeons-in-training here at our hospital in northern Ghana. Our prayer is that this will open the door to more volunteer surgeons coming to work with Heidi.
Making things even better is that some of Heidi’s friends and former Macon surgery residents made it possible for her to attend the ACS conference in Boston to get officially inducted. She was so happy to get 10 days off and a chance to reunite with her friends
And to top it all, she also flew down to Florida and visited her family for a few days!