May 2011

Cheryl Gayle on May 28, 2011

   We are gearing up to start visiting our supporting churches and share the ministry in Togo.  Our first church will be this Sunday, May 29th at Purcellville Baptist in Purcellville, VA.  We look forward to seeing many of you and renewing our friendships.    Since we returned to the states, we have had a great time of reconnecting with our children, our home church, and extended family.  We really had a great vacation in Turkey & Greece---“In the Footsteps of Paul & John.”  This not only made the Bible come alive, it also was a great time of rest and fellowship with fellow Christians.  Now, we’re enjoying DVD’s from our church library on the same places.  We’re sort of “reinforcing” what we’ve seen and learned.  We find ourselves spending a lot of time in the book of Acts also.  As Christians, if you can ever find a way to visit Egypt/Jordan/Israel or a “Follow in the Footsteps of Paul & John” tour, we highly recommend taking one.  Of course, one doesn’t have to go to the holy land to be a Christian, but it is “icing on the cake” to do so.

 

The ministry continues in Togo.  We continue to pray as the new nursing class just started on Monday.  There are 20 new Togolese who will spend 3 years learning how to be the best nurses that they can be.  We are very blessed to have full-time missionary staff to lead the school, as well as “visiting” professors who round out the course.  We are always getting praise from our short-term doctors on how good our current nurses are.  They really function as nurses and help on the medical team.  Pray especially for the nursing student’s spiritual growth.   Pray for the current nursing instructors there and the visiting professors who come out.

 

Also, while we’re on our “mini-home assignment,” Katrina (a missionary Physician Assistant) has agreed to continue overseeing the Evangelical Mobile Medical Clinics.  Please pray for the villagers that we reach every month.  We want to help them with their physical needs, but more importantly, we want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them.  There are many details to attend to---getting things ready for the actual clinics, but also to make sure that the pastors working in those villages with the clinics continue to follow up during the month.  So far we have had professions of faith and interest in Bible Studies.

 

Please pray for the staff that continues to cover the hospital and the clinic.  We are always short-staffed which can cause stress and overload.  But we do appreciate our short-termers who come out to “stand-in-the gap.”  It is our prayer that some of the “short-termers” will become full-time missionaries though.  We love our short-termers, but “many hands make light work.”  More full-time missionaries would also allow for more time to disciple the Togolese believers.

 

We continue to try to finish up all the details for starting the construction on the church plant of Tsavié.  Please pray that all the government paperwork can be finished in the next couple of weeks so that the building of the foundations can commence so that everything is ready for CWE to come in Feb to build the actual church.  We’re still in the process of raising the last funds for the building also.

 

Michael just had his arthroscopic knee surgery today.  He had his meniscal tear repaired.  He is doing very well.  Able to walk and of course in some pain.   So, when you see him, he’ll probably be limping around for a while.  Don’t worry, it’s only temporary! J  Please pray for travel safety and for Christ to be glorified as we begin sharing HIS MINISTRY in Togo.  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.


For His Glory,

 

Michael & Cheryl Gayle, ABWE Medical Ministry & Church Planting

 

P.S.  If you’d like to see our current schedule, please access our website www.gayle.abwe.org where you can see our calendar and our schedule.