West African Medical Crisis To Be Discussed In Morristown

Tom Johnson will recount his enthralling story of healing, health, and hope for some of the poorest people on the planet in Sierra Leone, West Africa, on Sunday, Sept. 24,  at 3:30 p.m. in St. Mark Lutheran Church, Morristown.

Raised in Morristown,  Johnson served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone,  working with farmers on tree crops and beekeeping projects. He was there at the beginning of the rebel war that ravaged the country from 1991 until 2001.

This conflict  saw the almost complete destruction of the small country’s medical infrastructure which was already very weak, leaving the Sierra Leonean people with virtually no medical care.  His desire to help the people of Sierra Leone led him to revisit the country when their civil war was ending in December 2001, and he began to facilitate surgical treatments for some of those in need.  He now spends five months a year there, aiding patients and helping surgeons, physicians, and foreign medical-mission teams.

All are welcome.  There is no charge for the program. For more information, visit  www.votfnj.org, info@votfnj.org, or call 973-538-4063

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