Bible translator from Milwaukee returns home for medical treatment
Paul and Wendi Schroeder with sons Joshua (now two and a half) and Moses (one year).
Lutheran Bible Translator (LBT) Paul Schroeder is back in the United States for medical evaluation after being diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Reactive arthritis is a form of arthritis that, in addition to joints, can affect the eyes. Typically it is triggered by an infection. Schroeder was first hospitalized and treated for dysentery, sepsis, and typhoid, but when he returned to Ekumtak, his village, he found that hip pain kept him from walking. LBT missionaries Ed and Wilma Rupprecht, who have been mentoring Paul and Wendi Schroeder since their arrival last September, then drove them to the hospital in Jos, Nigeria. Jos is about an eight hour drive from their village.
After monitoring his condition and evaluating the long-term effects it could have on him, Schroeder was told by the doctor to see a specialist in the United States to make sure he has proper treatment. LBT arranged for a nurse to travel with him along with his wife Wendi and sons Joshua and Moses. They will be staying with Schroeder’s family in Lafayette, Ind., as he seeks treatment. The Schroeders were members of Mission of Christ, Milwaukee, at the time that they were commissioned for this ministry.
Many people are able to return to regular activities within 2 to 6 months after the first symptoms appear. Schroeder and family hope to return to Nigeria as soon as possible. They have been in Nigeria for about 5 months doing orientation and learning the Mbe language in preparation for translating the Bible into Mbe.
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