Darrell and Becky hope to join the Serge team in Kibuye, Burundi. Darrell plans to serve as an ophthalmologist at Kibuye Hope Hospital and to work alongside Dr. John Cropsey to care for visually-impaired patients, teach Hope Africa University medical students, and share the love of Jesus in word and deed.
Darrell grew up on the west side of Texas (Lamesa), and Becky on the east side (The Woodlands). Darrell attended Oral Roberts University, and while he was studying at Baylor College of Medicine, met Becky while they were volunteering to help some of the Lost Boys of Sudan integrate into the Houston area. They shared a common desire to pursue the Lord overseas and soon fell in love. They married in 2004 after Becky completed her degree at Texas Christian University and Darrell finished his internship at Baylor. Darrell then began work as a flight surgeon in the U. S. Air Force before beginning his Ophthalmology residency with the military in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to complete his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, where he and Becky first met John and Jessica Cropsey.
Darrell returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio in 2010, where he became the Chief of the Retina Service, and three years later, the Flight Commander. On active duty, he served as an ophthalmologist on eight deployments and was fortunate to get to teach and mentor dozens of Air Force, Army and University of Texas residents and medical students.
Darrell and Becky, along with their six children, are excited about moving to Kibuye, Burundi! Becky will spend most of her time raising the children and hopes to volunteer at the hospital. Once there, Darrell will team up with John Cropsey, who started the Kibuye Eye Unit, and work together to continue partnering with stateside ophthalmologists to grow the diagnostic and therapeutic cadre of clinical capabilities and to work with the local Burundians to create a mobile eye clinic that can expand the scope of care to the borders of Burundi and perhaps even beyond them. In addition to teaching and mentoring the Hope Africa University medical students, Darrell will get to help restore sight to the blind in Jesus’ name.