The Cropseys have been serving as missionaries in Africa since 2009. They are part of a medical team serving with Serge at Kibuye Hope Hospital in rural Burundi, East Africa. The team’s vision is to bring hope and healing in Jesus’ name to the under-served of Africa, and to train and disciple African medical professionals to do the same. Kibuye Hope Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for Hope Africa University’s medical school. Medical students spend 3-4 months at Kibuye during each year of their clinical training. The team’s doctors come from many different specialties (family, OB/GYN, pediatrics, anesthesia, surgery, ophthalmology, ER) and care for thousands of patients every year, working alongside Burundian generalist doctors and providing clinical teaching to medical students.
As an ophthalmologist, John sees patients from every province of Burundi as well as neighboring countries, Tanzania and Congo. In addition to dispensing basic eye medications and glasses, the Kibuye Eye Clinic provides surgical care for many other eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, strabismus, and tumors. It is the only place in the country that offers specialty services like retina surgery, chemotherapy, and corneal transplants.
Jess teaches at Kibuye Hope Academy, a small school for the missionary children. She also holds down the fort at home with their three children (Elise, Micah & Sam), assists with various administrative responsibilities, and provides support to the local Burundian school as time allows.