Communication from Dr. Gregory Bartha
Greetings from Uganda.
I am sorry about the delay in starting this blog. There were challenges getting the computer and cell phone working properly.
Uganda is a beautiful country. The landscape is intensely green with flowering trees and bushes. There are mountains and a great variety of birds.
It’s kind of strange for me to think of myself as a missionary.
I met the leader of the mission team from Tampa, Florida a few days after my arrival here. He had grown up in East Africa, the son of a missionary. His father had come alone to Africa in 1967 at the age of 21. He traveled throughout the region showing the Jesus movie. He recently wrote his son a letter telling him that he was terrified on his arrival. He said to himself, “I’m not a missionary — I’m me.”
His father wrote on to say that it is truly by the hand of God that now his son is the pastor of a church in Florida and leading mission trips to Uganda. Just think — this man is the same age I am. He came to Africa early in life. I am coming to it late in life. The call is the same, just a different life stage.
I was very inspired by his story and I must admit my feelings were similar to his when I arrived here on May 1.
I am working at a clinic in Katekwan Trading Center. Many children treated there are ill with malaria. Most stay at the clinic for 1-3 days taking intravenous quinine. Almost all recover well.
There was one eight year old boy who came for treatment of recurrent seizures. He had been diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma about six months earlier. This type of cancer is common in African children and is thought to be related to recurrent malaria. The boy received some chemotherapy. He had a paralyzed arm. We took him to CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, which specializes in the care of children. This facility is very well equipped and even has a pediatric ICU (Intensive Care Unit) with monitors. The child had a CT scan of the brain which showed extensive spread of the lymphoma. Not much could be done for him medically.
However, it turned out that the CT scan was beneficial in another way. The boy’s family was convinced that a neighbor had bewitched him and caused the illness. They were planning a violent retribution if the boy died. Fortunately, with the CT scan results, they were satisfied it was a natural disease, not witchcraft.
The boy died a week after discharge from the hospital. The clinic team arrived at his hut just at a time he died. He had been well cared for and did not suffer a great deal. We offered prayers and attended his funeral service the next day.
I appreciate all your support and prayers.
Dr. Gregory W. Bartha
Dr. Bartha, you are an inspiration to us all. We miss you terribly at Hospice Midland, but feel honored to have served with you and know you will continue to contribute to the health of all individuals who are fortunate enough to be under your loving care. Fighting the good fight, always!!!
Very impressive man. My wife worked with Doctor Bartha at Hispice of Midland for many years. She always spoke very highly of him. His morals and ethics seemed impeccable. God bless him in his journey.
Myself and others at HopsiceMidland miss Dr. Bartha tremendously but wish him the best. He is truly a man that practices what he preaches and I feel very blessed to have known and worked with him. God bless you and keep you safe.
Was so thhrilled that you are allowing yourself to be used in Uganda! My thoughts and prayers will be with you! Thank you for being there for me when I needed you! Thank you for your caring, compassion ways! I truly appreciate you and your work at HospiceMidand! May God bless you and keep you safe!
What a great adventure, for you and those you meet. I am greatful for your actions on our planet, no matter where you find yourself. LLAP!
I worked with Dr Barth a back in the 80’s and 90’s at Midland Memorial. He always operated with integrity and courage. It doesn’t surprise me that he now leads as an example to others. He has always cared about the welfare of all humanity. I hope I can finish my career with as much spirit as he now demonstrates.
Dr. Bartha is a great doctor and I was privileged to work with him at Hospice of Midland. He Is very knowledgeable and very compassionate about the care he provides to all his patients and families. I wish him the best in all his future endeavors.
Hi Dr. Bartha!
I was so excited to see your post. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. You are such a treasure. I hope you are doing well yourself. Take care and we look forward to hearing from you again soon. 🙂
Do you have any special prayer requests or needs?
God bless and keep his mighty hand on you.
Community Children’s Clinic
Dr Bartha what an inspiring story and adventure. I have no doubt that the people of Uganda are very appreciative of your kind and generous nature. You have helpedso many in your life and now even more whose need is truly beyond my own comprehension. I hope to read more about your adventures. Janet Garrett ( Courtroul)
You are such an amazing man! The work you’ve done with my mother (Barbara Franco) I will forever be grateful. To see the work you are doing in Uganda is truly humbling. Just wanted to let you know that you are admired!
Dr Bartha I am truly proud to say I have worked with you on and off for 30 years! You are doing God’s work and I wish you the best in your journey.
I pray for you and your Mission. I miss having you in Midland but happy to see you doing work that surely makes God smile. Will continue to pray for you and all thr work. You are one special gentleman.
We are so glad you are realizing your dream. Thank you for being so caring. You are in our prayers.
Having worked with you, Dr. Bartha, for years, you are an inspiration to all and always have been. You always work with a smile on your face and love in your heart. I know that God is with you as you care medically and spiritually for the people there. God Speed!
Have known you for many years as a man who loves God, as we have seen you follow His teachings whenever you have taken care of patients. You are His good and faithful servant. God bless you with good health and His protection. God works through willing vessels and you are surely one. May every thing your hands do prosper.
Praying for you .
So proud of you my church and I will be praying for you and Uganda Dr. Bartha God be with you all.
Dr Bartha so nice to read about what you are doing – god speed! I am forever grateful
Of the care you have my Morhet, Marion Buck ?
I was interested in seeing where God has lead you. Keep posting. May God continue to lead the direction of your path in Life.