The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Reaching remote areas

Villagers on Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea greet Rija Razafiorijaona (center) and the Lutheran Health Services boat, bringing medical supplies for Gaubin, a hospital of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea that serves the community of 40,200 — 80 percent of whom are Lutheran.

The speedboat carries supplies to several hard-to-reach islands, says Don Kudan, director of the church's Lutheran Health Services. "There's no regular service to many islands, and you'd lose a lot of time on the catamarans. "That's time medical workers can't afford to lose in providing rural people with much-needed care and training.


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