An enigma to many, a rock to all.

JERRY GALLOWAY M.D. WHEN HE WAS CONFIRMED AS A MISSIONHURST BROTHER AND SENT TO SERVE IN ZAIRE                                                                                                                                            Jerry was an enigma to many, a rock to all.


As Dr. Galloway’s nurse here in the U.S. I’ve shared my story of our meeting and parting, and it has been viewed all over the world. Now, all these years later I have exciting news about the eventual release of a book of more than 27 years of letters written by Jerry. It is being done by his nephew, Kent Galloway. A labor of love and of mission.


Kent Galloway, nephew of Dr. Jerry Galloway. He and his family have extensive time and investment to many mission trips to Africa and as one who knew Dr. Galloway well, I can say that Kent exudes the spirit and commitment of his uncle. His joy shines through with pictures of his visits there.

In Kent’s own words;

From 1974-1977, Dr Jerry Galloway worked for the Peace Corps in the Congo. When he joined, he was angry about many things in America. But, while there he found his life’s calling. He returned in 1980 to begin in life’s work with the pygmies. Jerry wrote 100’s of letters during his 27 years there. Jerry was a man of true grit. I believe his story is still meant to be shared with many, so I am compiling the letters into a book. I have drafted 200 pages.


Dr. Jerry Galloway visiting from Zaire (later the Democratic Republic of the Congo.) He is visiting his former nurse and her family in Davenport, Iowa where he practiced medicine at the first Community Care clinic and was the Director of the clinic.



I am seated with Jerry’s parents at their 50th golden wedding anniversary as a proud “stand in” for Jerry who was at Mission Pendjua in Zaire. It was such a privilege, and such fun to know his parents and spend time in their home. I imagine I gave them a good indication of why Jerry thought I was such a chatterbox, and probably tried to imagine the two of us working together harmoniously.

My comments upon hearing about the release of the letters:  ” It goes without saying his life is worth preserving in print and as a legacy and heritage for all mission conscious people of all faiths. Jerry was a Missionhurst Catholic Brother and I was his fundamentalist nurse; we had many adventures together in the states working at a clinic for patients needing sliding scale fees but excellent health care. His life and mine changed forever after his being there and he continued to visit in our home as “family” whenever in the states over all those next 27  years. My husband often said having met Jerry he felt he had met Christ in the flesh. High praise indeed from a man who had met many “pretenders to the throne”.

When this book is published it will be a resource, a startling introduction to real mission work, love, heartbreak, murder and mysteries. Witch Doctor interference, kidnapping, humor, hope, faithful searching, doubt, reconciliation and above all, the salvation true and real that was found and carried him through. It is real, truthful and meant to become ‘a light unto your feet.”

Joyce Godwin Grubbs Jerry’s nurse and friend for life from the 1970’s until we meet up again and can rejoice in all that we learned and did.”


What is the author’s “platform” to write the book and give it substance? His only claim to entitlement is not just that he is related and a long time admirer of his uncle’s work, but it is that he too has lived out his call to serve. While Dr. Galloway was an internal medicine specialist trained at Johns Hopkins, Kent has very specific high tech skills which he utilizes with volunteers in the computer field to refurbish computers and get them to the schools in the countries he serves. He also has utilized that same tactic his uncle did in introducing and utilizing soccer. While Jerry’s approach was simplistic and the funding was lean for just a few shirts and only a ball, Kent and his fellow devotees have created a sophisticated soccer program that elevates the appeal to be real “possibilities” for young people to realize dreams of competition and winning. A 21st century approach.

Library of on site pictures of Kent in Africa.


Soccer is the language that draws in the masses, and their hunger for the Word of God is what sustains them and grows the outreaches.


Kent with the International Omega Ministries.


Selfies with and for the kids.


There is no shortage of young people to hear the word and participate in the programs.


Uganda is another “field ripe unto harvest”.


Where one or two are gathered in His name, he is there also.”


One is as important as a dozen. Achievement and blessings abound and last.


This will be a wonderful book of a truly inspiring mission outreach by a man, Dr. Jerry Galloway,  who lived simply, quietly and yet could walk into the capitol of Zaire and command respect and see the high ranking officials. He was known to have powerful influence at the grassroots and those who tried to usurp his work and reputation, soon found themselves in the hot seat and had to stand down. He saved lives in the clinics, and he saved lives by insisting that no one be harmed, railroaded or injured, taken or molested by the military. He made a Master tribe capitulate to his rules that they could not keep the slave tribe of pygmies from learning and achieving. HE CHANGED THINGS FOR THE BETTER WITH THE HELP OF HIS GOD.

I look forward Kent Galloway achieving his dream of bringing this book to the written word available to all. God Speed, Kent.

A special update from the public.     Don Foster : Loqwa (AKA Batwa) Pygmies still remember Jerry Galloway. They even remember the day he died in 2007 and that he served there for 27 years. Last week i was in Kiri* and met Loqwa men who had graduated university because of him and his boarding school. Some were teachers. About 40 were police officers. I did not go into depth to study his legacy. I just found this out without trying. His life is definitely a significant chapter in the development of the Loqwa Pygmies.     Received February 2017                                                                          



About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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  1. Cindy Galloway Haverstick says:

    Thank you Joyce…your words are so true and powerful. I am so excited that the book will become a reality while Jerry’s brother and sister, my dad and aunt, are still living.

    • As much as I would have given anything to write a book about Jerry, there are some things that one cannot do well and fortunately I knew Jerry’s book needed the neutrality of a loving Christian looking “in” and extracting the things which will most speak to the hearts of people who read it. What they need most is to hear from Jerry in his own words and from his letters. I am too close to the “person” of Jerry and besides, Jerry was a very blunt to the point guy, and I’m to prone to dig into the personal and he would not want the book to be “him” but rather his “God” and the works of his Lord with the life line he lived. My BFF for certain, but neutral I’m not, and Jerry doesn’t need explaining. He needs a “voice” of clarity to reach others with the message. Still the one person I met in my lifetime that showed “Christ in the flesh.” Thanks Cindy for responding.

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