ELK POINT, S.D. | Wilson Kubwayo, who was raised in a Tanzania refugee camp, spoke at a fundraiser for Hope Ministries last winter. When the event finished, Kubwayo approached Gayle Stroschein, president and founder of the mission group. He informed Stroschein of his cousin, who had a mass on the back of her head, a tumor that caused her to drop out of school and left her depressed, sitting at home in the dark in Burundi.
Stroschein’s group sprang into action, arranging for Irankunda Jeraldine to receive a daylong bus ride from Burundi to Bugando Hospital in Tanzania in May. Ralph Reeder, a neurosurgeon at CNOS in Dakota Dunes, saw the young woman at his clinic in Tanzania the following day. One day later, Reeder operated and removed the mass.
“She’s 19 years old and doing great,” Stroschein said, adding one more tale to a string of success stories stitched by the medical pros serving Hope Ministries.
Reeder, Kubwayo and Stroschein join forces again at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a “Shake Your Tail Bone” fundraiser for Hope Ministries at The Pointe Golf and Event Center in Elk Point. Kubwayo will give his personal testimony about life in Tanzania. Reeder will provide the musical entertainment with this “Spinal Chords” band, while Stroschein meets, greets and continues to share the story about a missionary group intent on providing life-changing work half-a-world away.
“I just got back from my 20th trip to Tanzania,” said Stroschein, MS, RN, who worked for years as a professor of nursing at Briar Cliff University and St. Luke’s College. Stroschein currently takes medical students, sometimes 10 to 15 strong, from places like Northwestern College, Dordt College and Buena Vista University, to work with four doctors in three-week mission trips to Tanzania, a country of overwhelming poverty, a country that’s home to approximately one physician…