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HEAL Africa is deeply rooted in Africa. During the summer of 1993 Dr. Jo Lusi and his wife, Lyn, visited the United States and were the house guests of Dr. Paul and Macky Groen. Though they lived on different continents, the four of them discovered that they shared many perspectives and passions. The Lusi’s lived and worked in Africa. Dr. Jo had been born in DRC, and Lyn lived most of her adult life in Africa. The Groens had served in medical missions in Nigeria during the 1960s before moving back to the United States. Subsequently, the Groens made frequent trips to serve and teach in African hospitals. These four Christians spoke at length about the need for more trained physicians and better health care in Africa – health care that would address physical, spiritual, and emotional needs for all. These kindred spirits then went back to their respective homes.

Their next encounter took place during March of 1994 in Nairobi, Kenya. Here the vision, thoughts, prayers, and communications that had taken place since the meeting in the US began to take shape. Keep Reading


Lyn Lusi was one of the co-founders of HEAL Africa. Her love for the people of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was intensive and pervasive. During her lifetime she gave herself both personally and professionally to transform the plight of victims in the DRC.

In March of 2012 Lyn died following a battle with cancer.


In November 2011, Lyn was awarded the prestigious Opus Prize which recognizes unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. The funds from that award were placed in a restricted fund to be used for specific projects that will carry on her legacy of working with women and communities in eastern Congo. Funds given in memory of Lyn will be used according to the same guidelines. To give in honor of Lyn, click here for our Give to HEAL Africa page, and please indicate your gift is for the “Lyn Lusi Memorial Fund.”

Below is Lyn Lusi speaking at Loyola Marymount University on November 2, 2011 giving her acceptance speech at the Opus Prize Awards Ceremony. She beautifully sums up the work she lived so passionately!

Lyn Lusi's Opus Prize Acceptance Speech from HEAL Africa's on Vimeo.