Container L & Construction Plans
Shipping Container "L" left the parking lot of Highland Park Baptist Church (HPBC) on August 29th. We are grateful for the support of this church in allowing us to stage the Container and pack it for travel across the ocean. Although we cannot predict the exact time of arrival in Mamou we are hopeful it will arrive late October. Please pray with us for the speedy and safe delivery of these valuable and much needed supplies.
The short term missionary electrical and plumbing team will schedule their next trip after they have a clear understanding of when the supplies in Container "L" will be available at CEH. Projects to complete are:
- Final Surgical Building electrical and plumbing
- Install two sets of surgical lights and tables
- Install two sterilizers
- Install 45 KV Generator
- Ward C Plumbing
- Generator Water System/automating pump controls for well
- Septic System
Pray for Al B., Al W., George and Lyle as they prepare for this construction trip.
If you would like to join a short term team for a work or medical project, please check the website. A preliminary form can be filled out to start the process.
|Dwight and Debbie pray over Container "L"|
With much excitement CEH is participating in our first Medical Conference in Mamou, Guinea, December 1 - 4, 2011. Dr. Robert Stanhope of Mayo Clinic will lead the conference with the support of CEH, MIAPE, and Autumn Ridge Church (ARC). The attendees will come from 13 Christian medical institutions in the area including our two sister hospitals, the eye clinic and other smaller Christian doctors' offices. Please pray for this conference, the logistics of travel for leadership and participants as well as the hearts of all involved.
We also hope and pray that the Surgical Building will have the finishing touches on it by this date. If so, we will hold a dedication service during the conference as a celebration of what God is accomplishing in that part of the world. If the Lord allows, I will attend this celebration along with Patrick Davitt of Mayo Clinic and ARC.
(Mission Internationale Africain Pour l'Evangelisation/English: International African Mission for Evangelization)
Hospital Director, Etienne and his wife, Paulette, Guest House Coordinator, carried a heavy load over the summer months. In addition to Nanga Jean's death which I wrote about last month and the time and cultural responsibilities related to the funeral required of Paulette, Etienne's sister was married in Abidjan. He flew to Abidjan and while there for the wedding met with the MIAPE Board. The board is restructuring due to Nanga Jean's death as he was the founding president. Several Cote d'Ivoire nationals are recommitting themselves to this African-based mission endeavor. They are planning a trip to CEH to visit the hospital and encourage the work of their MIAPE missionaries on site.
Lacina, Surgical Technician, is one of the MIAPE group. While on vacation in Ferke with his family he reported on the work of CEH to his home church which commissioned them three years ago. The support of a home church is a true blessing and we thank God that the MIAPE staff has this network around them.
We are grateful for the faithful staff working to keep CEH running smoothly and effectively. As the hospital grows in scope and popularity so does the need for additional doctors and nurses. Recent staff recruitment went well.
A new doctor, Rose Marie came to us after a four year on-site training program at Donka University Hospital in Conakry. Her time spent in training was a non-salaried residency. Her father is the president of the Association of Evangelical Churches and Missions in Guinea (L'AEMEG).
|Dr. Rose Marie|
Five nurses were accepted to work. They will begin a training and review course taught by Job, Director of Nursing, to help understand the protocols at CEH. Five additional nurses or surgical technicians will be hired for the opening of the Surgical Building, Lord willing, in December.
Dr. Marie Camara finished her three year commitment to us for her "residency" and has returned to her home country of the Ivory Coast. Some day she may return to CEH, and we would rejoice to have her back.
|Dr. Maria Camara|
Recently we dealt with a couple of issues requiring discipline and considerable discussion in what it means to reflect Christ in our lives by our actions and words. Please pray with us as we prayerfully confront, instruct and guide our staff in the ways of the Lord. In particular, please pray with us as one couple on staff is now facing an unplanned pregnancy and are not married. We are also dealing with another staff family learning to live within the level of financial means available to them - not demanding loans or additional financial help to cover when they over extend themselves unwisely.
In Micah 6:8 (NIV) we read: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. This scripture verse reflects our desire to nurture and train the staff in Biblical truth not only for the work at the hospital but in each of their personal lives. There are many cultural issues that conflict with the Bible, and the local church is not yet well grounded on some of the issues. Discipline and accountability is hard on our staff but we are committed to obeying Biblical principles and setting the right precedents that help future workers and honor God's righteousness. Please pray with us as we come alongside the staff and face sometimes very difficult situations for the purpose of honoring God and encouraging one another in the faith.
Auditors from Hungerford & Co. are auditing the CEH financials as part of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA) endorsement we hope to obtain. The CEH Finance Committee made up of Lyle Algate, CEH Treasurer, Ulli Jonen, COO and Gail Moody, Financial Secretary will be working closely with them to complete the process and have a report for the October 29, 2011 CEH Board Meeting.
Current Financial Needs
As outlined in the July Newsletter, the need of a new vehicle for hospital business continues to be an urgent request. Many of the administrative tasks performed each week by Etienne require a vehicle. Previously purchased used vehicles have only lasted a short while. We hope to purchase a new vehicle and perform regular maintenance checks to keep it running well. I feel deeply pained that though we gave Etienne responsibility and authority, we do not have this essential tool of a vehicle for him to use. We invite you to consider giving sacrificially toward this project.
World Medical Relief (WMR) in Detroit is currently preparing a container filled with medical equipment including 13 beds and other hospital and surgical supplies to be used in the launching of the Operating Rooms. The ministry they provide to us is the donated supplies. Our responsibility is to pay the cost of shipping which is approximately $12,000. This shipment is projected to leave within the month.
Targeted construction projects for 2012 are the Emergency Room and X-ray Building along with the Morgue. These buildings will cost an estimated $85,000 for the ER/X-ray and $20,000 for the Morgue.