Dr. Sawyer Serving with Samaritan's Purse

Dr. Sawyer Serving with Samaritan's Purse
Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm singing in the rain...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010: It’s 3 AM & it’s raining! IT’S RAINING! After three weeks and hardly a drop of rain, now it’s raining! I woke up not because it was raining but because the telephone rang and it was the wrong number. Then a nanosecond later the phone rang again to confirm that the person had the wrong number. Then I heard the sound of rain hitting our roof. I have never been so excited to hear the sound of rain. You see, the primary source of water for us to drink, bathe, do laundry, do surgery…is the RAIN that lands on the roof of all of the buildings and goes into gutters into huge storage cisterns.

Did your mother ever tell you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”? Yesterday was sort of like that, except that it was, “If you didn’t take any photographs that you could post on your blog, then best not to post any of your pictures.” So, I posted a picture of my wonderful family instead. You see, all we did yesterday was to do surgeries; one after another, for cancer (3), infection (2) and tuberculosis (2). You know you are in a third world country when your list of possible diseases is a list that most doctors have not heard about since medical school. One of the patients that I operated on yesterday has a differential diagnosis list of: tuberculous vulvitis, lymphogranuloma venerum (LGV), Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale), vulvar carcinoma, condyloma accuminata, hidradenitis suppuritivum. I suspect you now have a sense of why I couldn’t post a photo!

The high point of the day was dinner with our family being invited to the home of Jeff & Susan Myers. They made homemade Mexican food and it tasted soooooo good! Top that off with a homemade éclair cake and there just isn’t a better way to end the day: wonderful friends, fellowship and food!


  1. Hooray for RAIN! That's an answer to our prayers.
    -Connie for the Deals

  2. Love this picture! Praying for you & your precious family. You all are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    With love in Christ, Jeri

  3. WOW! What a nice gift from the Lord after such a LONG hard DAY!!! Friends, Fellowship and home made e'claire cake :-) julie