spinning the globe

Spinning The Globe

We are currently in the site selection phase of planning for our next medical mission. There are so many moving parts to planning for one of these trips it would be a long, boring blog to read about them.  But the overall process is fascinating and takes many steps to just make the site selection. […]

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Hugs! Shoes! Smiles! Hugs!

This morning we visited with our patients for last goodbyes. We really will miss their smiles and hugs. Boy were they generous with them. Smiles and hugs all around. It is always so touching and bittersweet to leave our patients. We know that they are recovering well and we know that they are in excellent hands with the hospital […]

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What an Adventure!

We’ve been having a very busy week. We’ve operated on 32 patients, replacing 44 knee joints and we had 4 patients that only needed injections. That’s 36 patients in all – operated on in 3+ days – we are quite proud of those numbers! Led by our surgeons, the team presented an educational symposium for doctors, nurses […]

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Marathon First Day

This morning we had the exciting experience of meeting our patients. We saw all of the prospective patients we had pre-screened plus 15 additional patients who heard we were in town. We were greeted with lots of smiling faces. The patients were by and large very excited to meet with the Surgeons and Doctors. We […]

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Sorting Our Stuff

Medical missions utilize a lot of stuff. And when I say a lot, I mean it, Nine-thousand-pounds of stuff. And that isn’t counting the 20 bags of other Stuff that the early team hauled across the sea. This means that our first day on the ground in Arusha was spent sorting more than 400 boxes […]

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From A-Town to A-Town

Otherwise known as ‘A’ Town by the locals, Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub city. Seated at the foot of Mount Meru, the 5th highest mountain in Africa, the city has a pleasant climate and beautiful environment. The charm of the city comes from the residents themselves who are charming and welcoming to all visitors. […]

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Gratitude and Giving

grat·i·tude n. The state of being grateful; thankfulness. give v. To make gifts or donations: gives generously to charity To keep the joy of our medical missions and all of WOGO’s work during the year it is important to savor the feelings we experience. I try to wrap them up and save them to pull […]

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Exploration and Preparation

Our WOGO team leaders are en route to Tanzania to prepare for WOGO’s upcoming trip. WOGO team leaders, surgeons and Operation Walk leads will be at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre making preparations for the Spring 2014 WOGO Medical Mission. The Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) will be the location of WOGO Operation Walk Tanzania. […]

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