Christian Clinic---I spent a week there on my recent trip. Our
organization has just built a birthing and maternity center at TCC. It
is not yet open but the building is pretty much finished. We are just
waiting on the furnishings and equipment to arrive which are on a
container that is now in Mombasa, Kenya.....that's relatively close so
it shouldn't be long now. I took Charlotte Meeker with me. Charlotte
and her husband live in Indiana and Charlotte has been a nurse midwife
for 40 years. She is helping set up procedures/protocols at this new
center. Great evangelism is taking place in and around this clinic
too.....many are being led to Christ. In fact a veteran missionary
couple has just moved there to help follow up with interested patients.
Dispensary--- I spent one week there with Bob Bentley, a minister from
Texas who is also a veteran of African missions. Bob and his wife
Michele (an RN) were our point people on this project from the beginning
so it was great to visit the clinic with Bob. Also, Bob speaks fluent
Swahili so that is always a blessing. This clinic is doing fine
although the census is down a little since there are no longer any
"westerners" present. You may recall that this is a majority Muslim
area so that always brings unique challenges too.
Christian Hospital-- This is our biggest facility by far and is really
just a large "General" hospital that does most surgeries and employs
about 9 doctors and about 200 other staff members including two full
time chaplains (evangelists) who work with the patients and their
families. Dr. Brian Camazine, a Texas surgeon just returned from
spending a month there. His team did 170 surgeries.....a record on one
"short term" trip!
Hospital---Our smaller rural hospital in Nigeria. Not much to report.
It is business as usual each day there. The entrance to the hospital
did "wash out" from large rains and we've just about got that repaired
for easy access for the patients.
Christian Health Centre....also in Nigeria. We are building a new
maternity center at this hospital at this time. Things are going well
in the construction. We are hoping it will be done by year end.
of Christ Mission Clinic at Kumasi. This clinic in Ghana is just doing
great. They are doing an excellent job from both medically and
evangelistically. They are one of the leading organizations in
CHAG....Christian Health Association of Ghana....a large consortium of
faith based clinics and hospitals. We are actually at the early states
of considering doing an upgrade of this facility to hospital status.
This clinic sits right next to Bomso Church of Christ....the second
largest congregation in Ghana. We have close working relationship with
of Christ Mission Clinic in Yendi..... This clinic in northern Ghana
is in a primarily Muslim area. It sees a large number of patients and
does a good job. We are now moving into our new clinic building which
is right beside the smaller older clinic. This new structure was built
earlier this year and we hope to transfer all aspects of the clinic to
the new building over the next six months.
Clinic in Swaziland.... We are helping Dr. Bob Whittaker build a
clinic in Swaziland at this time. He is already helping the sick on an
informal basis but is eager to get this mission clinic open to have
better physical resources where he can help larger numbers of patients.
Sponsored Student Program
facilitate the sponsorship/scholarship of about 30 young Africans who
are studying Medicine, nursing, pharmacy, lab sciences, etc. They are
all Christian young people who have the academic ability to succeed but
lack the needed resources to further their education. They will join
our efforts upon graduation.
Medical Missions Seminar
We are preparing for our 33rd annual medical missions seminar that will take place in Ft. Worth, Texas onJanuary 16 and 17, 2015.
Fisherfolks Clinic give us wisdom in how to help medically, build
bridges,and minister in the name of Jesus in the Muslim region we serve.
are needed for Lazaro, Innocent, and Medson who are all being trained
as Clinical Officers in Tanzania. Lazaro and Innocent are both
preachers who are becoming doctors (more like PA's or nurse practioners
really). Medson is a strong evangelistic young Christian.
that Ebola can be stopped in West Africa. Also, we pray that it will
not come (again) into the countries that we work in although some are
very close to Liberia.
for Ashli Rousell, a young Harding graduate (RN) who I am working with
who is going to go and do medical mission work in Burkina Faso, West
Africa. Ashli is as mature and bold a young Christian woman as I have
ever met. In fact she was one of the main speakers at my wife's
(Lisa's) funeral earlier this year.
that Boko Haram.....the terrorist group working in Nigeria can be
stopped. This is the group that kidnapped 300 schoolgirls earlier this