The annual trip to Nigeria with the FaithCare team is set with the team leaving on July 24 and returning on August 9. Four members from Trinity Church will join other members from southern Connecticut and New York.
As in previous years, the team will set up on the diocesan property of Jacaranda. The amenities on site make it an ideal location. The large conference hall serves as a triage area, lab, dental clinic, and pharmacy. One dormitory serves as an operating theater while another dorm is used as an eye clinic. Team members lodge on the premises and are able to eat at the restaurant that is located near the dormitories. The compound is walled, making it easy to control the crowds and provide adequate security.
The disadvantage of using this property is that it is located on the outer boundary of a major city, Kaduna. It is a trek from rural villages where the poorest of the poor usually reside. However, many are willing to make the trip and arrive mid-way through the first week.
Last year, just over 6,500 people received medical care, a new record for the trip. This year, with more medical people from the U.S. participating, the team is hopeful that the record can at least be matched if not broken!
The following team members ask for your prayers:Dr John Nwangwu, team leader; Ven. Tom Furrer, Paul and Peter Williams, Dr. Randy Owen, nurses Erica Lussier and Kathryn Bartus, Dr. Tioluwa Olokunde, and Elaine Chagnon.
Dr.Tioluwa Olokunde Receives Advanced Degree
Dr. Tioluwa Olokunde, long-time participant in the FaithCare mission in Nigeria, was awarded her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University on May 19. In attendance were well-wishers and friends from Trinity Church, Tariffville, as well as friends and
relatives from New York and Maryland. It was two years ago when Dr. Tioluwa stepped off the
plane in Newark with all of her belongings in tow, her first trip out of Nigeria. Church members collected her and got her set up in her dormitory room, just in time for classes to start several days later. In an amazing transformation, the shy young woman from Nigeria has
become a presence that speaks volumes...and people listen! She was voted by her peers to give the commencement speech, which she did with grace and wisdom. Her personal testimony, along with her advice to “dream big” were inspiring to her peers and the attendees. We are excited as she begins a new chapter...with congratulations.