Saturday, November 01, 2008

Congo Update

I don't know if anyone reads my blog anymore (except for of course my faithful grandparents), but I just wanted to update people about myself and some other things.

As probably most or some of you know the Democratic Republic of Congo is a country that's been on my heart since I was a teenager and saw a series of documentaries on television about both the unbelievable beauty of the country and life of the people there, as well as the years of devastating conflict going on there.  Since then I've had the privilege of meeting several people from that country and getting the know the situation there a little bit better.  Recently, however after a short time of relative peace, there has been increased violence in the East. I have to say that I really don't know exactly what's going on (I'm really bad with keeping up with things these days), but the BBC reports that at the moment that over 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes and are on the run.  Please pray for this country, which has seen so much harm over the years.  

If you're interested in learning more about Congo and a group of Congolese christians who have an amazing vision of helping rebuild their country in the long term, go have a look at the website of Congo Initiative personal news.....I've finished psychiatry (which I actually really enjoyed) and have spent the past week on a paediatric attachment.  I'm loving it! I had my first on-call last night, and for once actually felt somewhat helpful....they were really busy and could use all the hand they could find.  It's really sad to see the little kids, but I've been really surprised at how brave and well they tend to cope with their situations.  Anyway, I've got 1 of 2 big essays for this year due on wednesday, and in typical Kingsley style I've left it to the last minute, but it'll get done. Anyway, that's pretty much it for now.  So I'll leave it there and get back to work.