National staff highlights
Paul graduated in 2000 from the Guinean medical school in Conakry
and received training in OB/GYN in the African apprentice style in the town of Kindia. He testifies that
God was purifying him in those formative years. In 2006 and 2007 he served as an elder in the local
Kindia church (EPE/CMA) and preached frequently.
Dr. Jean Paul came to us in October of 2007
during our first wave of national staff recruitment. He enthusiastically plugged into the CEH
clinic work and competently consulted many patients though this was not his
primary training. His leadership style showed in his willingness to train the two
younger national doctors. He now serves
as the Chief of Staff and has done this well for 18 months. He is well qualified to represent CEH in
medical conferences and reports to the government medical administration. Later
this year when the construction of the surgery is complete he will perform the
surgical procedures he trained for. In
recent months he has personally suffered with typhoid fever and several
parasites. Will you assist him in his very broad responsibilities through your
Dr. Jean Paul sharing with the crowd
Dr. Jean Paul with patient
the list below to guide your prayers for Dr. Jean Paul.
- That his personal walk with
God remains strong.
- Power in his witness on the
veranda to the crowd of patients coming to be consulted followed by his
private witness and prayer with patients in the consultation room.
- Godly wisdom and compassion
in medical judgments.
- A strong and mutually
supportive partnership with Etienne and Dr. Kristen on the Administration
Committee, guiding the hospital decisions monthly.
- Blessing, guidance and
protection for his family. He has a
wife and four children.
- Continued health and total
healing from his recent illness.
New laborers for the harvest
In October of 2007 when we began the hiring process of national
workers at CEH we hired
seven medical staff and three housekeeping/translators. Since that time three have left from this
first group, however, God has grown the staff to 21 people. We have been praying for additional nurses to
serve at the hospital. This additional
staff is needed for the inpatient wards now in use and the
surgery which will be operational by the end of the year.
Current staff at CEHOn April
28, 2010, 18 candidates came for interviews and a screening written test to
assess what their current medical abilities are. We hope to be able to hire at
least 10 people from this group of applicants. Pray that the Lord of the
harvest give us just the right people.
Government and Elections
made contacts with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He received documentation to support our contract with the Ministry of Health to
be exonerated from taxes on CEH. This
includes medical purchases, vehicles and the equipment we bring in for the
hospital and for our missionaries. We certainly praise God for this!
expected visit from a delegation of the US Embassy was mutually encouraging as
they witnessed our competent compassionate care for the 70-80 patients we are
seeing daily (we had a record of 110 consultations on April 6). They complimented us even to the point of
stating that as our facilities continue to expand they would recommend us for
care of their own embassy personnel rather than expatriating them to Senegal or Europe.
The human words are encouraging, but the Glory is all God's!
have been scheduled for June 27, 2010, with a run-off election scheduled for
July 18. Public political campaigning
will be allowed starting May 15 and running through the elections. The military
has taken self disciplinary actions to restrain political frictions. The cost
of fuel has risen by 30 percent which has an effect on all aspects of life.
There have been some strikes for pay raises including the banking system. Pray
for peace in these days.
gratitude we purchased a Nissan Pathfinder to replace the worn out Honda CRV as
an administrative vehicle for Etienne.
This vehicle became available from an embassy official who left the
country and will not be returning. Etienne
has chosen to nickname this car Percy II (Perseverance) after Debbie's and my
own first car in Africa, which we bought 22
years ago in 1988. That car (Percy I) is
still being used for service to Christ in Ferke, CDI.
Perseverance (Percy) II
Etienne with new Nissan Pathfinder
parts of the most recent IDA order of pharmaceuticals were received in April
via air shipments from Holland.
As you can imagine, this is both a necessity and a blessing!
We are currently
preparing container #9 in Detroit and #10 in Minnesota to be shipped within
the next two months. We are praying for
safe passage and protection of the contents of these containers.
Travel & building plans ..."If the Lord
planned trip for Becky, Beth and Patrick from ARC/Mayo was canceled due
to the Iceland volcano
interrupting all travel through Europe. God is
sovereign in these natural disasters; we will try to reschedule the trip in the
near future. Electrical and construction teams are forming for a trip in late
summer. Ulli, the COO of CEH, and I are planning to travel to Guinea in
September to assist in government contacts and the progress toward opening the
building contractor started construction of the surgery this week.
Pray for the completion of its funding, safety in working, harmony, and a job
well done as multiple teams work on different aspects of the task.
Raymond in the foundation trenches.