Surgical Building Dedication
The CEH Campus was in pristine condition for the dedication service held on the veranda of the Clinic. Approximately 500 people came to share this joyful celebration with the Guinean Staff and local Guinean health officials. In attendance from the United States were: Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Slater and daughter Vonnie, Board member Kim Couture, Dr. Bob Stanhope and Dr. Rob McBane (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), Al Buning, Lyle VanKlompenberg, George Weertz and Al Wychers (short-term electrical and plumbing construction team).
|Short-term teams from USA attended the dedication.|
Dr. Slater took part in the service and gave a historical perspective. He shared that in 1999 the need for a full service hospital, similar to the Baptist Mission Hospital in Cote d'Ivoire, was presented by the evangelical missions and churches of the area. With God's direction and the support of gifted friends in the United States, the Slaters took hold of this need and caught a vision of what could be. A prayer foundation was established along with a Board of Directors. The U.S. tax deductible status was obtained and the property purchased in Mamou, Guinea.
|Dr. Stanhope and Dr. Slater speaking at the dedication service.|
Site plans were drawn up, construction teams were assembled and the buildings were erected. Medical missionaries from Cote d'Ivoire and the United States were recruited along with national construction and medical workers. In November of 2007 the first patients received medical help at the Clinic. In 2009 the Wards opened for patients needing longer care. Today, the Operating Rooms are equipped to expand the medical care available at CEH.
Dr. Slater also took the opportunity to acknowledge publicly and extend a special thank you to 40 peasant families from the area who agreed to cede the land for the hospital at the request of the local government in 2005.
The Governor's Chief of Staff, Mr. Cisse, shared at the dedication. He was with Dr. Slater at the first inspection of the land. Mr. Cisse shared that at the time of the first inspection he saw a large Boa Constrictor on the property which symbolized to him that Satan wanted to be an obstacle in the creation of the hospital. He prayed for the snake to leave and for the hospital to be built to serve his Guinean people. He watched the snake slither away that day and is rejoicing to see the hospital providing medical services for his people, now with the added benefit of operating rooms. Yes, as his reflection points out, we are in spiritual warfare.
Dr. Robert Stanhope, representing Autumn Ridge Church (ARC), shared ARC's desire since 2007 to participate in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the Guinean people through CEH. The people of ARC funded the Surgical Building construction. May God richly bless them for this. Their partnership through prayer, finances, and trained medical skill blesses CEH regularly. Many short term medical teams have and will continue to visit CEH sharing medical and educational knowledge with the Guinean staff.
Government officials praised CEH for the good services drawing people from all over Guinea and the neighboring nations. They expressed appreciation for the good collaboration between the hospitals in the area. The representative of the Ministry of Health expressed that he felt the two operating rooms were the best equipped in the country.
|USA, Guinean and Cote d'Ivoire flags over CEH.|
As part of the celebration, the USA, Guinean and Cote d'Ivoire flags were raised to symbolize the collaboration of workers from these three nations who have and continue to contribute to CEH. "One day, some from every tribe and nation will bow and call Christ their Savior and Lord" (Revelation 5:9).