Norfolk Christian doctor's jungle mission

westnorfolkBorneo2009: Norfolk hospital consultant and church leader, Nam Tong, has recently returned from a vital medical mission to Borneo.


Nam, who lives in Downham Market and works as a consultant in the Accident and Emergency Department at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, led a team of four from England on the mission to the Bethesda Mission Hospital, which is in the heart of the jungle in West Borneo.


On the mission, Nam and his team delivered essential training in dealing with major injuries to 20 doctors and nurses.  The training will undoubtedly lead to lives being saved, as the doctors and nurses put their new skills into practice.


The training would normally cost around £500 per person – far too expensive for the hospital to afford.  Nam and his team not only provided the training for free, but even paid for their own 18-hour flights.


Nam, who is a Church Elder with Downham Market Christian Fellowship, also spent some time giving encouragement and Biblical teaching to a group of newly qualified Indonesian Christian doctors at the hospital.  Because of their faith, these doctors are likely to face on occasions rejection and even violence from some sections of the local population.


Nam said, “It was a huge privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with the staff at the Bethesda Mission Hospital.  I was blown away by their hospitality and enjoyed every minute of my time in Borneo.  The staff are doing a fantastic job in extreme heat and with very limited resources, and have a selfless determination to provide the best possible care for their patients”.


Pictured above: Nam Tong and the Bethesda Mission Hospital

., 29/04/2009

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