Good morning from Niamey, Niger! A fan is gently spinning from the ceiling above. The temperatures are already in the “sticky-warm” range. Coffee has a great taste but the warmth is not as welcome as it is in the fall weather of western Michigan.
Over the past week I have taken time to wander the town, as is my practice. Niamey is similar to many towns in equatorial Africa. Small shops and wheeled carts dominate the streets. People gather their few items and create a shop selling enough to survive on. Small children are seen everywhere. Over 50% of the population of Niger is under 15 years old.
Coming to CURE Niger has been something I have looked forward to this year. Starting early in 2014, I felt a stirring to come to Niger to see what God is doing here. A talented orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Stefano, has recently arrived to join the CURE Niger medical team. Dr. Stefano will work with Dr. Jean Francois to make a strong surgical team. The door opened to come to Niger and offer my assistance in helping Dr. Stefano and the CURE staff here in any way they wished.