New Life and Community Health
shared this month about a discouraged young student named GT frustrated with
family members dealing with drug addiction and divorce. After spending time together, Dr. Maria was
able to lead this student to the Lord.
We rejoice together and are thankful for the MIAPE cell church for the
part they will play to disciple this young believer.
cell church held a second medical evangelization outing in the village of M15.
The community received them and they planted seeds for future
visits. In follow up visits to both M15
and G villages community health principles will be taught along with a
continued witness for Christ. The health
topics covered are:
Villages need community health training.
- Why wash your hands?
- Basic wound care
- Confronting the mosquito
problem and malaria
Dr. Pepper and family above right.
Dr. Little and family above on the left.
Pepper, a family practice doctor and a long term SB missionary to the Pular
people, came with his family to assist in the medical work for eight days. They
generally work in a village four hours north of the hospital doing trekking to
unreached villages and evangelism through telling Bible stories. Their
familiarity with the Pular culture, enthusiasm for evangelism, and their fluency
with the language greatly assist us with all of the work. This is their third
short term service with us and each time they come it is a great encouragement
to our staff. Pray with us as they
consider more frequent participation in our work for the Lord.
volume of patients at CEH has risen 20% in this first Quarter of 2010 compared
to first Quarter 2009. At times more than 100 patients arrive to seek care,
pushing the medical staff to their capacity.
The need to serve each patient with compassion and conscientious care
remains a priority.
construction team completed the final work on the wards. They also built the ramp and sidewalk connecting
the clinic to the wards. Up to eight patients have already been housed in this
building even as it was being finished. Job, our chief nurse on the wards, is training
the Guinean nurses on the basic principles of how to care for inpatients.
Fresh coat of paint!
construction team is currently painting the exterior of the out patient clinic. This has been in use since November 2007 and
after serving over 25,000 patients, a face lift seems in order.
month a building contractor team from the Assemblies of God Churches in Guinea will be assisting
with the construction of the surgery.
The first bricks for this project are being made in preparation for the
Bricks for the Surgerystruction to begin. The funding for
this project is coming from Autumn
summer an electrical and construction team, led by Wayne Bruner, from the US will join
the Guinean team. The goals for this
trip are to improve the central electrical infrastructure and touch up the service
to the clinic and wards, revamp the solar electrical systems in Dr. Kristen's
and Etienne's homes and do the initial electrical installation in the surgical
building. Pray that this work will be
done well and completed in a timely manner.
The plan is to serve patients in the surgical building this fall. These trips are not only labor intensive but
have an evangelistic nature to them.
Daily devotions with all the workers begin each day; two members of our
national construction team have come to the Lord in these past years.
month we asked you to pray about a replacement of the Honda CRV that Etienne
has been using for hospital business. God
provided a used Pathfinder in very good condition to serve us as an
administrative vehicle. This vehicle was
purchased from an embassy person who evacuated from the country last fall and
now will no longer be returning. This vehicle is dedicated to the Lord for long
and safe service to Him.
Workers are needed to staff the growing needs at CEH especially
Guinean nurses and a pharmacist who are competent and have a heart to serve
God. Positions for US missionaries may also be found on our web site. www.cehguinea.org
Church is sending a three person short
term team April 16 - 26, 2010. Becky is A.R.C.'s mission director and will assist
in some of the organization of the medical supplies. Beth is a nurse
practitioner; she will assist in training the staff. Patrick is a project
manager for MAYO Clinic he is assisting us with long range planning and
promotional development. This will be Patrick's second trip to CEH. Please pray for a safe, fruitful and blessed
time during this brief trip.
Guinea's political situation has been
quite calm for several months. The presidential campaigns will be held May 17 -
June 27 with elections on June 28. A
run-off will be held on July 18, if necessary.
In addition to the building projects. Two other key areas
of our budget need funding: The monthly
subsidy of hospital operations is now $6,000 per month. This past year two
individuals took a month apiece and one church took on two months. Pray that
others will be directed to take ownership of other months. In the mean time the
general donations given to CEH are applied to this area as our highest
priority. The next major purchase is a
new 45KW generator which will be the main supply of the first phase of the
hospital. It will cost about $25,000. We are currently using a 25KW that was
purchased used, and we do not have a good backup. If it went down many of our
services would be compromised.
The next CEH Board Meeting is scheduled
for May 22. Pray for the preparation of this meeting. Pray also for the five committees that make ministry decisions
between meetings and the administrative staff of five part time persons, four
of whom are purely volunteers. Our staff, in Africa,
of about 40 persons, also needs your constant prayers. Thank you.