Captain’s Log-5 January 2015-Maud Kells has been shot!

Medical workers from Mulita and other friends carry Maud out the the airplane on a stretcher.  Everyone wanted to help.

Medical workers from Mulita and other friends carry Maud out the the airplane on a stretcher. Everyone wanted to help.

I have written about our missionary friend, Maud Kells, before. She is a wonderful, caring woman who has given her entire adult life to the people here. She lives way out in the far reaches of the forest with very little supporting connection to the outside. Congo is a harsh place and she has given over 40 years of sacrificial living for the sake of its people.  She was even awarded the Order of the British Empire this year.  Which makes her “Dame Maud”. Although 75 years old, she has more energy than 95% of the young people half her age. Maud is amazing and is a favorite with our MAF team here in East Congo so when we got the news that she had been shot and needed a Life Flight everyone jumped in to make this happen quickly. Dave took all the incoming calls with requests for arrangements, Laura rescheduled the whole day’s flying and took my flight to Entebbe, Donna and Cher were on the radio doing flight following, our ground staff fueled and refueled the plane as plans changed, Lary helped get everything ready, including providing an oxygen cannula, and on it went. All were praying. I got the privilege of doing the flight. As reports came in what was needed changed, destinations changed, need for blood and equipment and so on changed. But we got there and the medical team of 4 did an amazing job of trauma care. It was great to watch and be a part of.

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Maud was about to slide off the front of the stretcher but we got here leveled out and on the plane safely.

Dr. Mike Upio, one of the 3 we had along Checks Maud to make sure she is ready for the 2 hour flight to the hospital in Nyankunde.

Dr. Mike Upio checks Maud to make sure she is ready for the 2 hour flight to the hospital in Nyankunde.

When we arrived at Mulita, Maud’s home, there were hundreds of people around. There were high ranking police and church workers, and army personnel had secured a perimeter around the area and were standing guard with AKs and RPGs. They were all taking this very seriously and doing what they could to show that they cared for Maud. We were shown into the house where we found about 40 people in the living room and 10 people in the bedroom with her. Doctor Mike cleared out about half of the people, but it was still stiflingly hot.   The doctors had brought a portable ultrasound unit and set it up in order to see what the extent of her injuries was. Maud was given blood to replace what she had lost, as well as IV fluids and pain meds.

After about an hour of working in the muggy heat, Maud was ready to be loaded onto the plane and with much ceremony she was carried out. We tied the stretcher down, the church leaders prayed for Maud’s swift recovery and for safety as we flew and we were finally off. We climbed through the broken puffy clouds into the cool and smooth on top and began to get a feeling that things were going to be OK.

Officials and church leaders gather around to pray for Maud and see us off safely.  Dr. Mathius and Sabene Holmer as well as Dr. Jean Claude  say their good byes before boarding.

Officials and church leaders gather around to pray for Maud and see us off safely. Dr. Matthias and Sabine Holmer as well as Dr. Jean Claude and myself say their good byes before boarding.

After the 2 hour flight back to Nyankunde Maud was taken into the ICU, the wound was cleaned out and everything checked. The bullet had gone straight through and out but had grazed a lung.

As I closed up the plane and put it to bed I had a deep sense of satisfaction in my work and was really grateful to have had an opportunity to help my friends in their time of need and to be a part of such a cool team who pull together so beautifully to get the job done.

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10 Responses to Captain’s Log-5 January 2015-Maud Kells has been shot!

  1. Rich Carlson says:

    Rich John you are one of my heroes. We have so many in today’s world who think they are special. But you are the man. We do attend TCF at this time. But good to hear that you are still doing a great service by being on of God’s heroes every day. My prayers for you today.

  2. LuAnne says:

    Ah!! Maude is such an amazing person. Can’t believe ANYONE could do this to her! So grateful for MAF as well.

  3. Rob Fynn says:

    Good on ya guys – THANK YOU , LORD – very bestest to you all for 2015 , off to a cracking start! XXX

  4. Rosmarie Ruf says:

    Congratulations to the entire team for taking care about a person in desperate need!

  5. Jennifer Wolf says:

    Hi Jon,

    I was glad to see your blog post with the update about Maud along with the awesome photos. I’m praying for her recovery and thankful for the Lord’s protection on her life.

    Jenn

  6. Ruth Hartman (Donna Jacobsson's mother in Boise, ID) says:

    Oh PTL, PTL! GOD’s FAITHFULNESS through all this trauma fills our hearts with PRAISE and THANKSGIVING as HE orchestrated all the details of care for MAUD, a “living witness” of God’s provision for every need through all who so tenderly and beautifully were a part of the great Team of Caregivers!! We continue in prevailing prayer for her complete recovery and wellness again!

  7. Kathy love says:

    Thank you John for what you do I think everybody will be praying for Maud today after you posted what you did what a great job you have

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