Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This is the hard part...

Well, now that my office is officially closed, it's time to start fundraising. This is the part about being a missionary that makes me cringe. Cold showers, no electricity, no news of the outside world- this sounds like a lot of our vacations! Raising money?! That sounds like torture to me. But, if it means getting to help in Africa... here we go:

Since it took a cumulative of 19 years of college for David and I to get to the point of MD, MPH and ND, CPM, we have quite a few school loans to continue to make payments on.  David’s travel and language school are paid for by Samaritan’s Purse, but my travel and the kids’ are on our own. Also, the expense for me to go to language school and for childcare while I’m there is on us. We do have housing and a food stipend provided by the program while we are in France and Africa. Our estimate of financial need for 2020 is $31,700 if I go to language school.

We have been so blessed by all the love and prayers throughout this journey and are humbled to be asking for more help. If you would like to contribute, gifts can be one-time or recur monthly. All gifts are tax-deductible and go through Samaritan’s purse. Just go to samaritanspurse.org/wmmgiving to give online or make a check to Samaritan's Purse, Attn: Post Residency Program, PO Box 3000, Boone ND 28607. Please include our project account number 006102.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Getting ready



A dream come true is in process. When David and I met, we were pursuing our pre-medicine undergraduate degrees. My plan was to go to Naturopathic school and David's was to go to Medical school. We both wanted to eventually be able to provide health care in resource poor settings. "This guy might live in an African hut with me," was my first thought.

Fast forward sixteen years later: 4 adopted children, a Naturopathic Doctorate, midwifery training, Medical Doctorate, and Surgery residency completed (almost!). Now we are ready to go to Africa!

We have been selected by World Medical Mission, a branch of Samaritan's Purse, to go to Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa. This will be a two year position with the option to stay on longer. David will be working with 2 surgeons who have been practicing there for a while and know what they are doing. My first priority is keeping the kids from being eaten by large snakes (I hate snakes!), but I hope to also be useful in the hospital's midwifery training program, pediatrics, nutrition and any other departments I might be able to fit into.

First we will go to language school in France, then we will head to west Africa. By the time we get there, we will have two-year old twins, Micah and Anica, Maria will be 3 and Noa will be 7.

We will be starting the fundraising process soon and would appreciate your prayers as we plan for this adventure!

Best wishes,
josie skavdahl

This is the hard part...

Well, now that my office is officially closed, it's time to start fundraising. This is the part about being a missionary that makes me c...