January 2012

Cheryl Gayle on January 31, 2012

  Since our last update, we got word that the Mango Hospital Project reached its construction goal of over 5.5 million dollars!  That was exciting news to receive.  Now they need to get the hospital built and staffed and monies found for the budget of the hospital.  Continue to pray for our colleagues to the north as they continue building buildings and relationships for Him!  We also had a great Total Togo Team meeting here in January that lasted for two full days.  We had the privilege of learning how other people’s ministries in Togo were going.  Our ultimate goal though, no matter the ministry, is to win people for Christ and to plant churches.  There is a lot of work that needs done still!  There were about 75 people total here.  Almost 18 were children, and we have more children arriving in the next couple of years to the field.  Please pray for MK teachers who are willing to give a year or more to teach the missionary kids!  The CWE team arrived on Saturday night, very late.  All 19 of the team members were able to worship at Tsavié on Sunday.  And CWE is working on building the walls and putting the trestles in place this week.  Cheryl just came back from the construction site and everybody is working hard.   The walls are about 2/3rd’s of the way finished.  The Togolese of the church are very excited and happy to have this help.  Pray for all to go well and for the construction workers not to get too hot as it’s quite hot right now here in Togo!                                                                                                                                                   We also got news that the Dalton Foundation is going to be looking at both of our ABWE hospitals in Togo to see how they can partner with us in helping us get good equipment and help to fix the equipment that we do have or will be getting.  Please pray for all those details to work out according to His Will.   Michael has been being blessed with short-termers who are able to come out and help in the medical/surgical realm.  He really would not be able to survive without them.  Continue to pray for Dr. Russ Ebersole and Melody as they finish out their furlough in August.  Right now Dr. Russ has not been cleared medically to return to Togo, but his health has improved greatly, and we are all holding out hope for medical clearance!  Dr. John Briggs and Susie are still in the states taking care of family matters.  Please pray for their future plans in missions work.  Dr. John will be returning to Togo this month to help out in the medical/surgical realm for one month.   We had a great employee spiritual revival held on two different days the first two weeks of January.  We tried to attend as much of the revivals as possible.  It is always so uplifting to be able to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ at the hospital.  We’re now up to over 150 employees, give or take, with the new nursing school.  Continue to pray for the nursing  students as they have a lot to learn and the nursing school staff is still short-staffed.  Please pray for more clinical and classroom instructors.  Kossi Joy is in the U.S. and started at Appalachian Bible College the first week of January.  Please continue to pray for him as he is still adjusting and trying to get settled into life in the U.S.  Besides the cold J, there are many new things for him to learn and many unknowns for him.  He states that he is already homesick!  We had a great visit from Liberty University Nursing Students.  They all blessed us greatly for 10 days!   The hospital here is still incredibly busy.  Every day is a new challenge.  Just this week, Michael had a little baby die of AIDS.  And there was a “John Doe” found out in the village who is in the end stages of AIDS and unconscious.  This is the first “John Doe” (no known name or history) that Michael has run across here in Togo.  Almost everybody has family or is known.  We don’t know if he truly just wandered into the village and got into a room and then was found there unconscious, OR if somebody does know him, but he/she doesn’t want to take responsibility for him so they claim not to know him.  Pray for him to “wake up” so that we can witness to him and help him.  The Mercy Ship is docked in Lomé right now thru May, and the hospital staff are busy finding people and referring them to the Mercy Ship for help as they can.   Last year, over 2,500 people professed Christ at our hospital or clinic.  Annette Williams, our hospital administrator,  states that our goal this coming year is to be able to follow up with as many people as possible who make professes of faith here.  Please pray that those who profess Christ will truly mean it, and that they will be able to be discipled and grow in Him!  We pray that this year is a great year for you and your family!  Thanks for your faithfulness to His Ministry in Togo!   For His Glory,   Michael & Cheryl Gayle, ABWE, Togo, W. Africa Medical Ministry and Church Planting