By Jacque Harper
While in Papua New Guinea GOOD HEALTH is of major importance to each of us but especially to those of us on the older end of time. We are fortunate to have a wonderful Australian doctor just 3 blocks from our office but he is limited in his services to us by poor laboratory and x-ray facilities in our town and often even by medications NOT being available. Depending on his findings he often must resort to advising us to get to Australia or our home country to get further diagnosis or treatment.
Bob fell and broke his elbow 9/14. Fortunately the x-ray machine was working and the E.R. had plaster for an elbow cast.
Health is an area where we have constant opportunities to depend on our faithful healer, Jehovah Rapha, in PNG. It is also an area where Satan likes to attack us whenever possible to slow down or destroy the work of Bible Translation as well as other ministries. We are on guard to prevent as much injury and illness as possible and get back in shape quickly. Despite all our efforts Bob and I have had several more doctors visits than ever this year in PNG and because of them we ended up returning to America for a thorough checkup in November and December 2011. We could not afford to have our illnesses cause any long lasting effects to keep us from the work God has called us to in PNG. Our doctors have given us the all clear, 30,000+ mile checkup and we are ready to return to PNG in early January 2012. For that we really praise our LORD.
During our first terms in PNG we had used the MIGHTY Papaya (Pawpaw) for several minor ailments and it did a great job. It was not able to help us as much during this period, however. Here is some very interesting information about it for you.
Bob and Jacque serve in the area of Technical Services and assist in many more areas of the branch.