CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Koop, and Dr. Hemwall
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2-17 February 1961
Knighton, J. Raymond
Koop, C. Everett
Hemwall, Gus A.
Christian Medical Society
Reproduced with permission of the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Religion and Medicine
Memorandum from J. Raymond Knighton to the Christian Medical Society (January 20, 1961)
CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Hemwall, and Dr. Koop [31 January-3 February 1961]
CMS [Christian Medical Society] Log: News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Hemwall, and Dr. Koop [22-24 February 1961]
[C. Everett Koop with the staff of a periodical for black South Africans] (1961)
[Children and health care workers outside a family residence in South Africa] (1961)
Focus on C. Everett Koop, MD [December 1968]
Box Number: 14
Folder Number: Africa Trip, 1960-61
News from Ray Knighton, Dr. Koop and Dr. Hemwall
Addis Ababa - February 2
We have seen and heard so much already - we are becoming Saturated! Dr. Koop says that he does not see how we can hold and
think anymore! This mission trip is a thrill but at the same time we are more burdened than ever to see an increasingly better
job done for Christ through CMS.
We left the hotel in Cairo at 1:00 a.m. but our plane did not leave until 5:00 a.m. We arrived here in Addis about 1:00 p.m.
and were met by a host of people, some having driven a day's drive to see us! We left immediately for Ambo, 80 miles east
of Addis . . . packed into a small van. Ambo is where Dr. and Mrs. Robert Schenck and Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Carlson are working.
They are under the Baptist General Conference. We really saw the country and the poor village people.
We got up early this morning and were driven to the SIM headquarters here. We had conferences with many men from various missions
who had come into the SIM headquarters -- Norwegian Lutheran, Baptist General Conference, Mennonite, and SIM. We had a wonderful
time of discussion together. After that we met with ICA and Ethiopian Government officials and the Minister of Health. They
were most gracious and kind. I then spoke at a Prayer Meeting for all the Protestant missionaries represented by SIM, Baptist
General Conference, Presbyterian, Norwegian Lutheran, Swedish Lutheran, British Bible Society, and Lutheran World Fellowship.
It is now February 3 and we are on our way to Nairobi. On our way to the airport we visited a Government Hospital. There must
have been twenty people who saw us off at the airport.
Nairobi - February 5
We arrived here Friday evening and registered in at the New Stanley Hotel. Saturday after a couple of conferences we were
picked up by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Winsor who drove us out to Kijabe (means Windy City") to the Africa Inland Mission Headquarters.
We had lunch with Dr. and Mrs. Propet and family- then we toured the new hospital. Dr. Propet then offered to take us out
to see some big game - (AND that's another chapter!!)
Today we went to church and then toured the Rift Valley Academy which is a wonderful school for missionary children. We had
lunch with Dr. Njorge and he introduced us to Tom Mboya, the man who probably will be the prime minister here in Kenya.
Dar Es Salaam - February 7
Yesterday before leaving Nairobi we spent the afternoon with doctors from surrounding mission stations - a conference at the
Christian Council and Hospital Committee. We also toured the medical training center.
Today is the first time since we left home that we have been hot and it is not too bad - about 90 [degrees] and humid. We
froze in Cairo, Addis, and Nairobi as soon as the sun went down, although it was pleasant in the daytime - about 75 [degrees].
We got up at 5:30 a.m. and were picked up and taken to the airport. Our plane left about 8 o'clock. We stopped in Mombasa
and then flew over the Indian Ocean to Dar Es Salaam. We were met at the airport by Dr. Lorne Brown. After lunch we were driven
out about 20 miles to Minkata to a hospital run by a British doctor and the hospital is very primitive. We have also had conferences
with representatives of a number of mission boards. Dr. Lorne Brown has started a new primitive work 100 miles south of here.
The family are staying here until he gets the house built.
Kisumu, Kenya - February 9
Yesterday we spent the morning with the Executive Health Officer in Tanganyika; he was most cordial and cooperative. In the
afternoon we were in conference with Bob Jensen who is in charge of all the medical missionary work in this territory. Then
we flew back to Nairobi and finally retired at 1:00 a.m. Left Nairobi this morning by Missionary Aviation Fellowship plane
and visited three mission hospitals -- Tenwek (World Gospel Mission, formerly the National Holiness), Kisumu (Friends - Quaker
Hospital); and tonight at the Mwihila Hospital (Church of God) where we are staying tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow we fly
by M.A.F. to Kampala and the medical School . . . The Makerere College. One of the doctors at the mission hospital has a three
year old son with a double hernia so Chick and Gus are getting up at 6:00 a.m. to operate on him before we fly to Kampala.
Kampala- February 12
After Gus and Chick were through with surgery we drove 30 miles back to Kisumu airport. We flew over the northern edge of
Lake Victoria to Entebbe and then by car to Kampala. We have had a most wonderful time here at Kampala. We have had many conferences
- with the Minister of Health, Chief Medical Officer, Chancellor of the University, Dean of the Medical School, Professor
of Surgery. We toured the very oldest hospital in East Africa. This morning at 8:30 we go to Communion at the African Anglican
Chapel with the African medical students - and then to breakfast with the Chaplain.
Ray is not going to Usumbura or to Lulabourg in the Congo. Instead he is going to South Africa tomorrow with Chick while Gus
goes to Salisbury and then to Mt. Darwin to be with Dr. Clemenger. Then all three of us are going to Leopoldville on the
19th. Keep on praying for us.
(Copy of letter received today, February 17, from Mr. Fletcher Lunn, FRCS, Makeree College Medical School in Kampala.) Letter
dated February 13, 1961
We have today said good-bye to Ray Knighton and his two friends. They have sent messages to their families via friends in
Ruanda but perhaps their folk would be glad to hear from me who looked after them on their trip round this part of Africa,
that they are bounding in fine form. Their visit here was a real blessing to all of us. Although they may not realize it,
it was a good start to the spirit of "giving" and friendship which they hope will develop. They gave themselves too
much time and effort in understanding our problems, and their cheerful human has done us all good. We understand how much
they must be missed at home and pray they will soon be home again safe and sound.
I have a feeling that your office will be hearing from us from time to time. God bless.