May 2012

Cheryl Gayle on May 31, 2012

  Water is extremely important in the world.  Man could not live without it.    Every day we watch many Togolese arrive at our hospital to get “clean, fresh water” from the hospital well; we are reminded constantly of Jesus’s words to the woman at the well, “ ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13-14, NIV).  This “spiritual water” is free, just for the asking!  What a blessing!  We just pray that everyone who has access and knowledge to spiritual water accesses it.  If not, you are destined to live in a hot, barren place for the rest of your eternal life without water of any type!   Cheryl continues to be busy with the Guest House finances and arranging all the Comings and Goings for our many visitors.  Right now, we have a team of nursing students here from Cedarville University.  It is about the 20th year that Drs. Alyn and Baker have brought students to Togo to experience missions.  They come with hearts of ministry and end up helping us all greatly!  This is a great group this year as they are truly flexible and searching for ways to help us out.  And Cheryl continues to help with the finances and translation work at the Christian Resource Center (CRC).  She really enjoys the privilege to read back, in French, Bible studies that the CRC is working on so that they can be “back read” in Ewe to make sure that errors are corrected before printing the material in Ewe.  There are three separate readings of each Bible Study, so there is a lot of in depth studying going on!  Today’s work entailed a big discussion on the day of Pentecost (which was just celebrated here in Togo on Monday) and why it is celebrated differently today than it was in the O.T.  If you don’t know, then ask your pastor or look it up on the internet! J   This Saturday will be the day to dedicate the new church building for Tsavié.  It is held on a Saturday so that other pastors can come to the celebration, too.  The pastor and people from the “ mother church,” Dzogbepeme will be there as well to help us celebrate.  Different pastors will have different responsibilities---prayer, welcome, etc.  Harry Ward (fellow missionary) will give a history on CWE (Construction Worldwide Evangelism) and their help with the church.  And Michael has been asked to give the message.  The ladies will recite Bible verses and sing.  The kids will sing.  And at the end, we’ll all share a meal together.  Overall, it should be around 3 or more hours of “celebrating.”   Michael continues to be busy with the hospital and administrative matters.  There was a premature infant born here at 26 weeks of gestation.  She weighed 650 grams (about 1lb 6 ozs) when she was born.  She has been named “Peanut,” because she is so small.  As far as we know, she is one of the youngest ever born here at our hospital and still living. She is now said to be “32 weeks” old (meaning she has lived for 6 weeks since birth.)  Today the surgical staff operated on their 5th ectopic pregnancy in about 7 days!  Ectopic pregnancies are not uncommon, but to have 5 in 7 days is very unusual.  Also today, a former long term patient, Atissam, showed up at the hospital to say hello.  He had been in a motorcycle accident up north almost two years ago.  He had broken his neck and was partially paralyzed when he arrived here about 5-7 days AFTER his accident.  He’d also had a compound fracture of his leg, but nothing had been done for his leg prior to his arrival.  By the time that he arrived at our hospital, gangrene had set in and he had to have his leg amputated.  Which isn’t that bad if you can’t walk anymore, but he eventually recovered use of all his limbs (after being put into traction.)  One of the short-term doctors here felt led to give money for Atissam to have a prosthetic leg made in Lomé.  Atissam returned today  walking around with his prosthesis without any difficulty just like it’s his real leg!  And he’s going to be able to return to his job as a gendarme (military police) soon!  It will probably be a desk job, but for a Togolese to lose a limb or to have a handicap and to have a job is a big milestone.  Please continue to pray for all the patients, and their families, who come through.  That they will all be shown the way to find eternal water and accept it!    We’ve decided that we will not send out anymore “hard copy” newsletters due to the increased cost of postage.  We’ve always had some of our prayer and financial partners who wanted a hard copy to read and hold for various reasons.  And we’ve always enjoyed putting one together so that you could see more pictures.  (A picture is worth a thousand words!)  We went from 4 “hard copies” a year down to two “hard copies” a year to help to defray costs.  But it’s just become too expensive to continue.  Is what we’d like to do is update our website-- to keep it more current with pictures and info (it’s really hard to do here in Togo due to the bad internet).  AND we’d like to start making our monthly prayer update a different format so that we can add pictures and be more informative on a monthly basis.  So stay tuned for our changes.  Thank-you for your partnership. You are much appreciated and loved!   For His Glory,   Michael & Cheryl Gayle, ABWE, Togo, W. Africa Medical Ministry & Church Planting