Notes from the Board
The Executive Board consisting of nine people and the
Advisory Committee of up to 17 people meet together three times a year to
prayerfully guide, direct and seek God's will for the work of Compassion
Evangelical Hospital. These dedicated
people are essential to the work and we are grateful for them.
Fran Messenger along with her husband, Len have been on our
Advisory Committee since our first meeting in 2004 offering sound advice and
prayerful support. Recently the Lord
took Fran home to be with Him after her battle with cancer. Fran has been part of Debbie's and my life
personally since we were appointed as career missionaries in 1985. We miss her deeply.
Wayne and Bev Bruner
also served on the Advisory Committee from 2005 to present and in a number of
other valuable roles. Bev helped type and publish the Prayer Guide for the
People of Guinea which we offer to those who desire to labor in prayer for Guinea.
Wayne is a retired Master Electrician and has
very competently led in much of the electrical installation and advised in the
general construction of CEH
during the initial five years of the building project. He facilitated many of our early construction short
term teams. For personal reasons he is stepping down. Wayne is willing to help in the transition of
a new person taking the electrical work forward. We are asking our constituency
to prayerfully help us seek others to participate in this role. If you
willing to prayerfully consider this position, a preliminary information form
is available on the "Come and Serve" page of our web site
Wayne with Raymond, John and Ercil
during early building stages of CEH.
Building is progressing
nicely with the assistance of the Assemblies of God Contractor and Team we
asked to supervise this building. The roofing is scheduled for
July and the windows, doors and plastering of outside walls will be done
the roof is on. The construction will
experience a pause at that point while electrical and plumbing crews are
found to complete the work. We urgently
need to organize well qualified teams to take on this important part of
the project. The goal is to have electrical and plumbing
crews assembled and working in Guinea
this September or October.
Surgical Building work site progress.
(Etienne with the night guard.)
Guinea Political News
The first round of the national election was June 27. The
top two candidates are Diallo with 40% and Conde with 21% of the vote. A run-off election is scheduled for August 1,
postponed from July 18. Please pray that
the final voting will proceed peacefully and the nation will remain open to God's
work. After the run-off vote we hope the U.S. Embassy will re-engage in the
humanitarian projects within Guinea
which are on hold at this time. The U.S.
is helping train a new Presidential Security Force to serve the new Guinean President.
Our missionaries from the U.S.
and Cote d'Ivoire
continue to feel safe during these days and have all persevered in the work.
Recruitment of nurses continues to be a priority and we
appreciate your prayers for this. Of the
16 interviewed in the past month, five were of the quality we hire for
CEH. Those five nurses will begin
work on the first of August. Pray for Dr. Jean Paul, the other doctors, Job
and Lacina as they train these new staff members. Pray also for a smooth integration and unity
in purpose of the entire staff. May they
integrate the Mission Statement in all their work: To give
the best quality medical and surgical care possible according to our means with
compassion and a clear presentation of the Gospel of Christ to everyone who
Job training Guinea nurse.
We are hopeful to hire at
least 10 more workers which we
expect to need over the next six months. It would be an added blessing
if at least two
American nurses could commit to a 6 - 24 month work term. They would
participate in the work and help
to train the nationals in good nursing procedures and protocol. Again
we are asking you to prayerfully help us
seek others to participate in these roles. The preliminary information form
be found on the "Come and Serve" page of our website
Four members of our staff
recently attended a medical
conference sponsored by US-AID held in Conakry. This conference focused
on laboratory testing
and medical care for AIDS patients. The
staff unanimously found the time spent at this conference worthwhile. We plan to develop more of a program in
response to the 3-4% of the population that is directly touched by
AIDS. Blended with our purpose of compassion we
believe many who are fighting this disease can be served in Christ's
Our four doctors continue to share the patient count of
70-80 patients daily. This load allows
each patient to have adequate time with a doctor. The doctors also have flexibility to attend
conferences and take vacations when needed.
Lacina now cares for the chronic wound patients at the
nursing station in the new wards where the leg ulcer bench has been
placed. This allows more area in the
clinic for consultations. It is with
these patients that we are having the most continual contact and opportunities
to share the gospel.
Lacina caring for leg wound
Job is leading the work in the wards. We have eight beds currently functioning in
the wards. An additional eight beds are
scheduled to be shipped to furnish the recently finished ward rooms.
Dr. Kristen checking in
via phone conversation
Dr. Kristen continues to faithfully serve at CEH. In January 2007 she asked her supporters to
make a two year commitment to her financial support package and raised the
entire amount in three months. We are grateful for all who supported her
during the initial two years and beyond.
Her support dropped off in the past several months and we would like to
encourage those who support her to continue to do so.
Dr. Kristen with some of her village friends.
In addition to serving faithfully in the medical work, Dr. Kristen
continues to learn Pular and master her French. She often spends one night in
the village closest to the hospital to deepen her understanding of the culture
and the needs of the community. This gives her a unique close relationship with
the Peuhl people who are the majority tribal group surrounding the hospital.
Dr. Kristen also worships with the Christian Reformed World Mission group in the
neighboring town of Dalaba
which is primarily made up of Peuhl believers. She has an accountability
friendship with a fellow missionary named Brenda in the area. Both Dr. Kristen and her friends testify that she
is growing in the Lord and in the gentleness of her spirit which gives her
personal joy and attractiveness to her testimony and work. She is a living
testimony to the glory of God's grace as we all should be. We thank many of you
who continue to support her faithfully with your prayers, your financial
support and your friendship.