This is the first post for my blog about Earthwide Surgical Foundation and my missionary work. I have been going on missionary trips for 25 years, including 22 trips to Nigeria, 2 trips to Kenya, 3 trips to Bolivia, and 7 trips to Guatemala. 

My next trip will be at the end of September, 2011, to the Nigerian Christian Hospital. The local Nigerian physicians have been scheduling patients for surgery since my last trip in July. I will attempt to do a daily post during the trip-assuming I am not too exhausted from surgery and the internet connection is stable. Throughout the blogs, I will use the pronoun "we'. On these trips, I either do the surgeries or supervise, but dozens of people are involved in getting the patients safely through surgery.