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 September 2014

Building Health

Building Hope
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Giving the best medical and surgical care possible according to the means that God provides, with compassion, and  sharing the gospel of Christ clearly with everyone who comes.
In This Issue
Ebola Virus
Pray with us
Naming the hurdles
Looking Ahead
Dear friends and prayer partners,

My parents taught me: "The Christian must have horizon's that extend beyond the view of most. The spiritual and physical needs of mankind are multitudinous. However, the Christian should be aware that the world his life actually touches is relatively small by comparison, yet in that setting he bears the full responsibility of being Christ's ambassador. That is the supreme privilege of life, and man's highest calling."
In Scripture we read: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV).

During this 10th year of ministry at Compassion Evangelical Hospital the Scripture reference above inspires me to continue the race our Lord Jesus has set before us. I thank our sovereign God for His hand in all that is accomplished and all yet to be done through CEH.
Learning to run
In high school track and field I ran the hurdles and gained the nickname of "the African snake jumper." With training from the coaching staff and senior athletes I developed as an athlete and was ultimately named the captain of the hurdle squad. Those were memorable times but what I treasure most are the lessons learned while a member of the track team.
Training was key to our team success: starting well from the blocks, jumping the hurdles, striding right, endurance, flexibility, speed, getting back up after a fall and finishing with perseverance. Combine that solid training with great team spirit cheering each other on, quiet times of reflection and praying together at the beginning of each meet our team earned a two-year undefeated record in dual meets.
We are a team
In much the same way, CEH is a team working together to win the race of bringing the Gospel message to the people of Guinea through compassionate medical care. The founding of CEH was not a solo effort. God called our large team together for each  to do our part and to persevere for His purpose. Sometimes this feels like a perpetual marathon with hurdles - the finish line not always visible. There is a complexity to this race allowing many teammates to be involved in multiple events at the same time and participate in sequential or parallel races. The Coach calls some to different races, some to rest before re-entering the race and some, having completed their race, now home to enjoy eternity with Himself. As a team we bring our Heavenly Coach glory when we run well. How eagerly we each desire to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant [runner]."

Photo By Thomas Faivre-Duboz [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Naming the hurdles    

Purchase of Land
One of our first hurdles was purchasing land easily accessible and of appropriate size to build and grow. God gave us 75 acres of beautiful land the locals called Bowal Wan (worthless land), since it was too rocky to grow crops and was mainly used for hunting. When we needed water He gave us this in response to prayer showing us where to drill. God gave drinkable water from the rock bubbling forth like a spring from His reserves. God allowed us to make it a beautiful institution as the initial buildings grew up, we maintain them well and keep the compound as clean as possible, and give quality care with compassion to those who come. It is now a landmark known nationwide on National Highway #1. The Chief of the local peasants said to me, "We called it worthless land, you may call it whatever you wish." It stands as Compassion Evangelical Hospital to the glory of our God!

As we run this race some types of hurdles come up with regularity. The monthly support of $7650 is one. This is broken down as follows:
  • Regular maintenance, minor construction and security functions: $2,000
  • Hospital operational expenses $2,000
  • MIAPE team (11 missionaries) $3650 The amount sent for the MIAPE team increased slowly over the years as the team grows and as earned merit raises.
Most months the needed $7650 is covered by regular giving of many individuals - representing the whole team jumping together. Some cover a whole month and this allows the reserves of the team to grow and cover the next month. The past two months the subsidy was covered but left less than  $1,000 in the operations account.
The hospital's revenue for services given in Guinea covers all of the Guinean workers' salaries and benefits, the purchase of medicines, medical supplies and laboratory reagents. Complimentary to the monies we give to the hospital directly they are now 75% self sustaining of the operational cost of the budget.

For 10 years God supplied these needs through your giving each month. Please continue to stand with us in this important way.

All special projects for specific ministries and capital improvements are handled separately with designated giving according to budget-approved amounts. The 2014 current list of active projects is:
  • Laundry Building and Machines for the Hospital: $22,500
  • Patient Kitchen to provide a place for families to prepare meals: $12,500
  • Morgue: culturally very important in Africa: $24,000
  • Two Missionary Homes: $50,000 each
  • Three National Professional Homes: $18,000 each
  • Ward D with eight patient beds: $48,000
  • Vehicle Maintenance and replacement: $6,000/year
CEH Staff
Another hurdle is meeting the perpetual staffing needs with new hires. From the shallow pool of Christian Guineans (1% of the population) who are also medically trained, God provides workers. Currently we have 54 Guineans on staff filling most of the posts the MIAPE missionaries do not fill. These include three doctors, 30 nurses, four lab technicians, an accountant and cashier. We started a scholarship program to help meet our future need of doctors and nurses. A surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a pharmacist, an IT and bio-med technician are all positions we hope to fill. Pray with us as Christ instructed when He said to pray for laborers. Our current staff is a reminder to us of how He answers when we think something is humanly impossible.

Professional Homes

Another hurdle is the need to move our staff closer to the hospital to more efficiently meet the needs of our patients. The property is 14 km, or 9 miles, from the center of the town of Mamou of 60,000 people. Since few homes are in the area immediately around the hospital campus, our staff  members rent homes in town and we bus them to work which costs $1100 per month. Two homes for professionals are completed on the property and our Chief of Staff and Director of Nursing along with their families were invited to move in to them.
Two staff members recently bought lots close to the hospital and plan on building homes. We hope many others will follow. To facilitate this we established a Revolving Housing Loan Fund Special Project of $12,000 where any medical worker can borrow $3,000 interest free to build a home next to the hospital. This would be repaid through payroll deductions. As the fund is able, workers can apply for this interest-free loan. Parallel to this, a taxi transportation system is being developed to fulfill the commercial need of transporting patients to and from the hospital.
Students at the MIAPE school
Students enrolled in the thriving MIAPE Christian School located on the northeast corner of our property, also need transportation. Last year 72 students in preschool to 4th grade were enrolled, and 140 are registered for this fall. The hospital is becoming the center of a new community. The Google satellite photo on our website at CEHGuinea .org under "Whom we serve" lags the reality of the construction a little, but is a thrilling way to see what God is doing. Give pleasure to your eyes and take a look.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Ebola Virus Outbreak

A final hurdle I share this month is the epidemic of Ebola Virus that is aflame in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of September 3, WHO and CDC are reporting over 3,500 cases and 1900+ deaths. Five of the six nations surrounding Guinea have closed their borders to any travel by air or road. Many but not all airlines also stopped flights to these nations since a small epidemic was transported to Nigeria by one traveler. Though it started in Guinea more cases surfaced in both Sierra Leone and Liberia. Some whole counties are quarantined and rations are sent in but no external commerce is allowed. Numerous quarantine centers are set up by the governments and NGOs where the most numerous cases are. We facilitated the importation of some sanitary resources from sister Christian organizations into Guinea to be shared through government channels where most needed. We have had no cases at our hospital yet. Three patients were suspect cases, having fever and bleeding. One fled when we transferred him to the government quarantine system, one was tested and ruled out as just dysentery, and the third's symptoms did not persist and was clinically ruled out. This certainly causes anxiety for our staff since it is transmitted by body fluids from sick patients. Many caregivers were contaminated by patients elsewhere and died. Each case is like a drill to give the best care possible with compassion and with appropriate protective procedures for our staff to avoid contamination. Thus far the closest case was about 80 miles away. We ask you to pray for our staff, the patients and these nations.

The prize for running the race well?     

The souls saved by His grace for His glory and His pleasure:
  • Unreached communities are hearing the Gospel through medical and dental outreaches
  • Over 80,000 patients and their families heard the Gospel through the hospital
  • Hundreds raised their hands indicating desire to follow the Jesus road
  • Dozens registered their names as new believers
If you would like to receive monthly reports from Pastor Oumar, please indicate that in an email to: Your name will be added to an email contact list to receive those updates.

God allows us together to touch the 10,000,000+ people of Guinea. Thank you for being teammates with CEH.
Dr. Kristen serving at a local village.

Thank you partners, prayer warriors and fellow ambassadors for Christ. May we all run the race well.

Your fellow servant,
Dr. Dwight E. Slater, MD


"Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,  

will praise you forever;  

from generation to generation  

we will recount your praise." (Psalm 79:13)


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