Cookstown missionary OBE Maud Kells continues to make a steady recovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the latest reports.
Ms Kells, who has been working in the country for over 40 years, was shot by armed bandits at her home in the jungle village Mulita, earlier this month.
After being flown to a hospital in Nyankunde and treated there for her wounds and a broken rib, Maud was released into the care care of medical friends five days later.
Speaking on behalf of Molesworth Presbyterian Church and WEC International, Rev Ivor Smith said: “While she has been in a great deal of pain that is now easing, her wounds are beginning to heal well, and she feels a lot better.
“Maud would like to thank everyone for their encouraging support and prayers and has been conscious of God’s presence and healing touch throughout this ordeal.
“While her friends in Molesworth and WEC International are naturally anxious to see her home soon, she is not yet strong enough for such a long journey.”