Do you remember Kathy, the crawling woman found in her garden by a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) team?

At the end of last year, we told the story of a YWAM team that MAF flew to Agali for evangelistic mission outreach. The team was led by Micha Lucht, a young German. In mid-2019, he taught the 3-month Discipleship Bible School to young Papua New Guineans enrolled at Camp Kalina, situated on the outskirts of Mt Hagen, one of more than 1000 YWAM locations across 180 countries. With his small groups, he went for a two-week outreach with the purpose of sharing the gospel with the people in the remote Highlands of PNG.

That’s where they met Kathy, crawling in her garden as she wasn’t able to walk because of the open wounds on her feet. The team tried their best to love and care for Kathy during their short visit, cleaning her wounds, and leaving her some bandages and antiseptic to keep the open wounds as clean as possible to encourage some healing or at least prevent more serious infection. But they knew that this wasn’t enough.

The YWAM team praying for Kathy in her garden

Dressing Kathy’s infections

Dressing Kathy’s infections

The YWAM team were keen to sponsor her flight and hospital costs to help her in a more sustainable way.

On 5 December 2019, MAF was able to fly Kathy to Kompiam where she was already expected by Dr David Mills and his team from the Kompiam District Hospital run by Enga Baptist Health Services.

You can read the full story on our MAF PNG website. Please click HERE.

Kathy’s story ended then with the following sentence: “What a huge testimony would this be if Kathy when returning to her village in some weeks time, could just walk out of the aircraft – thanks to the persistence of the YWAM team to get her to hospital and thanks to the team at Kompiam who is now looking after her.”

And that is exactly what happened!

Emails from Kompiam:

2. February 2020 – Dr Mills
Kathy has severe gout as I mentioned which has obviously been with her for many years. Many of her joints are badly affected. But she is now up and around walking using a walking frame. She is in excellent spirits and looks very good. I am not sure if she will ever be 100% normal in terms of mobility but I am hopeful that one day she will be able to walk OK without a frame again. This may be many months away. She will need to be on lifelong medication which will need to be flown to her somehow.
But you can reassure her relatives that she is well. I am hopeful we can discharge her sometime in March.

12. February 2020 – Dr Camy
Here is finally Kathy’s picture. She is able to walk with the walker and is on medicines now. She is most probably headed back home next week.

16. February 2020 – Dr Mills
Medically she is fine to go now, but she will need a walking frame. I am hoping she will eventually be able to move without one but she may need one for life. We do not have one that we can give her unfortunately so we need to find one before we can let her go. I will ask the folk at Kudjip if they can spare one and get back to you.

17. February 2020 – Dr Mills
Kudjip* is giving us a walking frame. I will send someone down to get it this week. (*Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene)

The return flight for Kathy and her caretaker friend finally happened on 18 March 2020, with Captain Markus Bischoff and Richie Axon who was doing his Line Orientated Flight Training on the Caravan at this time.

Micha Lucht of the YWAM team wrote the following when he received the news that Kathy was back in Agali, with an annual supply of medication:
“Thank you!!! Thank you very much! Good news at last! I just really needed it. Thank God! Thank you for your great commitment, it would never have happened without you. Thanks for your work! We, as the team who were there, are really grateful that God and his faithful employees are still active on-site, even if none of us are in the country.”