Tuesday, 19 April 2011

X-ray x-pert

Pamela is one of my forever friends.  It all began in 2002, during our first trips to PNG.  I was a medical student on elective rotation and Pamela came to work in the x-ray department.  She is a radiographer or x-ray tech.  We shared a two bedroom apartment, numerous cups of tea, and many laughs.  And we have been great friends ever since.

Pamela is from South Africa (and has a really cool accent because of it).  That is what she means when she talks about "home," though she is only there for a few months of ever year.  She currently lives and works in the U.K.  Her jobs there give freedom to travel, visiting friends around the world and volunteering in places like PNG.

This past February, Pamela returned to Kudjip for her 4th tour.  Her services were specifically requested.  A team from World Medical Mission just installed a new x-ray machine and she is helping to get everything in running order.  She is also training our current x-ray techs, who have no formal education in radiography.  [Picture:  Pamela (left) with her trainee Monica (right).]  We docs are so grateful for her expertise as we have seen a great improvement in the quality of our x-rays.

Pamela's gifts go beyond the x-ray room.  She has the heart of a servant, as evidenced by all the dishes she has washed at our house.  And many missionaries and nationals have benefited from her listening ear and encouraging words over a cup of tea.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
~ 1 Peter 4:10

Thank you for using your gifts to serve with us, Pamela!


  1. Such a true account of Pamela. I had the privelege of serving with her on Mercy Ships and miss all the laughs and cups of tea. God has truely blessed us with the gift of a great friend ( and a terror at emailing). Please pass on a hello and many prayers to Pamela. God Bless your work for Him. In Christ Naomi Woods

  2. Hi, Naomi! Thanks for your sweet note... I shared it with Pamela :). How in the world did you happen to come across my blog? Small world!

  3. Thanks Steph. Good old facebook tagging of Pamela led me to your blog.