Nathan Mason is a Family Practice doctor who, along with his wife Beckey, has been interested in Medical Missions for a number of years. As their family developed and they adopted two kids with Down Syndrome, they expected the doors to serve to be closed. 2 years ago, as we sent out a plea for new doctors to join us, the Masons expressed their interest, but weren't sure if they would be accepted. Well now, almost 2 years later, they are here with their family serving at Kudjip.
After spending a few weeks doing cultural and language training, Nathan is now getting his feet wet in the hospital. Medicine is quite different in PNG than in the US, so we try and give all our new doctors an opportunity to spend time with some of the long serving doctors, trying to learn some of the intricacies of PNGian medicine. It will be a few months before Nathan really feels comfortable practicing in his new country and communicating and speaking Pidgin with the patients, but we are sure happy he is here.
Beckey has her hands full with their 5 children and home schooling. She too is learning Pidgin and trying to learn how to care for her family in PNG. The kids have jumped into school and are enjoying getting to know and play with the other station kids here. They are excited about being here and are trying to share their adventures and firsts with everyone on their blog - please check it out.