A wonderful time with Lynn and Stratton Kearns.

I first met Lynn in 1974 when I moved into a house next door to Lynn’s parent’s in Westtown, Pennsylvania.

Lynn’s parents were to become some of my closest friends.     I attended Lynn and Stratton’s wedding in 1977 and since then our lives have been intertwined.     The Kearnsclan, as I like to call them, which includes their four children, are more like family.

Lynn and Stratton with The Astoria, Pink Floyd’s sound studio (the brown houseboat) behind them.    This is taken from the tow path across from Hampton on our way to Hampton Court Palace. 

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They have have been with me for the past few days before flying to Napal last night where they will meet up with other doctors to set up a medical camp – giving help to the earthquake victims.

Walking the tow path from Hampton to Hampton Court Palace..Wednesday was quite lovely.   Note the hummingbirds on Lynn’s top…..and they brought me a beautiful glass hummingbird gift.

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Lynn and Stratton have four wonderful children who are now grown up…..Together the family have experienced some amazing adventures, none less than the year they spent in the Province of Cameroon 2000/2001.

At the time Lynn was 47, Stratton 49 and the children, Amy 14, Katherine 13, Jackson 10 and Maddy 8.    They were based in a medical compound in Meskine, seven miles from Maroa in the far north Province of Cameroon.

Lynn and Katherine (who was 13 at the time) preparing for surgery in the Meskine Medical Camp.      They worked and lived under extreme conditions for one year.    it was pre mobile phones etc., and so they relied on satellite communication to send and receive e mails.

Meskine sits on the edge of the jungle and Sahara Desert.    Along with extreme heat, total reliance upon a dodgy generator – there was dust from the desert and of course snakes and insects.   Most fortunate they are both doctors.

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This is Lynn on Lake Maga on the Chad Border.     The lake was filled with hippos…….and the whole family was in the boat…and as you can see the boat was somewhat rickety!   Talk about an act of faith…….

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Clearly there are so many stories to tell about that year, and I hope that someday one of the family will write a book about the experience.

The children are amazing human beings and have benefited greatly from this experience and others….

Needless to say because of its proximity to the Nigerian border and the Terrorist group, Boca Haram, the medical camp has had to be evacuated…..

I love this picture of the family before they left Africa.   Jackson is holding his pet monkey.

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So that was then, and this is now…..

After they leave Napal in about nine days they will then move onto Southern Indian to continue their work with the Ebeneezer Christian Ministries.     This is a place where children find a home under the love and care of Sparjan Geddada and his lovely wife Grace. 

Lynn and Stratton with some of the beautiful children from the home on a previous visit. 

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Lynn with some of the children on a previous visit.

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Lynn and Stratton helped to raise funds for a new house.    At thirteen the boys and girls have to be separated, and so rather than have them taken somewhere else, this house was built to accommodate them.      This was the dedication of the new house with Lynn and Sparjan.

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I am sure they will have more remarkable adventures in Napal and on their return visit to Inida….and when I receive pictures, I will write another blog.

Magical Hummingbirds are flying around them as they continue to live their own lives to the full and help so many others.

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a Bientôt

26 thoughts on “A wonderful time with Lynn and Stratton Kearns.

  1. ShimonZ

    I like your portrait of Lynn and Stratton with the lane and trees behind them. They sound brave and adventurous, and it was a pleasure to get to know them a bit through you. xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Sarah…and yes they are indeed inspiring. I will definitely write a bog about their time in Napal and India again….meanwhile may the magical hummingbirds be with you this weekend…Janet:);)

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  2. olganm

    Amazing friends and, as Sarah said, truly inspiring. I hope, as you do, that they’ll tell their story as it sounds fascinating. Wish them the best and have a great weekend, Janet.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you, Olga…yes it’s a story worth telling.. Interestingly they took the trip to Cameroon right after The Poisonwood Bible was written. I remember, my very good friend, Lynn’s Mother saying whatever happened they must not read the book before they go! Lynn read it after the fact and said that she was very glad she didn’t . I am looking forward to a lovely weekend with some Australian friends….and hope yours is also a good one. Janet. x

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  3. teagan geneviene

    This is a wonderful uplifting story, Janet. Thanks for including all the photos. The setting of the first one is gorgeous. And then, after a great post, you also gave us more magical hummingbirds — yellows too! Wishing you and your friends a wonderful weekend. Mega hugs!

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      So glad you enjoyed. The river where that first one was taken is just a five minute walk from my flat….and this is still greater London. I feel very fortunate to live in this part of London…meanwhile, I hope you have a wonderful weekend…and will look forward to catching up with your blog. Janet. xx

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  4. Jane M. Hart

    Such extraordinary people and dear friends! Hearing of Lynn & Stratton’s dedication to service proves how Goodness & Love abound in the corners of the world where most needed. They must be tickled at how beautifully and (he)artfully you shared their story. Beautiful, Janet. Thank you. Much love xo

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi dear Jane…how lovely to see you here…yes Lynn and Stratton are extraordinary people, and it is always so uplifting to be in their company….much wonderful conversation and lots of laughter. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and wouldn’t it be lovely if you could get over here sometime…..Sending lots of love Janet. xxx

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  5. Jet Eliot

    I really enjoyed learning about Lynn and Stratton and their numerous families, Janet. How fortunate you are to be their friends, and to watch them give to the world one village at a time. Lovely photos. (And I really got a kick out of seeing Pink Floyd’s sound studio too.)

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you, Jet. Yes, I feel so fortunate to count Lynn and Stratton as such close friends……That part of the River Thames is a five minute walk from my flat which is all still part of greater London. South West London is called the leafy part of London, and leafy it is. Along with the river and all its wildlife, close at hand are Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park which is enormous. Originally King Henry VIII’s hunting grounds, the herd of deer that reside there are descendants of the original herd put there by Henry VIII five hundred years ago.
      Yes, it is pretty cool having Pink Floyd’s sound studio so close by:) Enjoy your weekend…Janet.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you, Gil. This part of the River Thames is a five minute walk from my flat…. I love walking the tow path and through beautiful Bushy Park. It is still all part of Greater London with excellent public transportation and so the best of both worlds. Enjoy your weekend…Janetxx

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