Cheryl Gayle on November 30, 2007

Hello from nice, warm Togo! Before you ?envy? us too much, we do have to admit that Harmattan has started back with all of its dust, but we are still nice and toasty warm while some of our N. American friends are starting to feel the bite of winter. So we?ll just have to say ?Sorry for you,? the African phrase that is used a lot out here! Next year we?ll be feeling the bite of winter more ?deeply? as we?ll be on home assignment, and then you can feel sorry for us!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration out here last week, complete with real turkeys (with pop up timers this year) from Brazil! We all agreed that these were the best turkeys we?ve had that were bought in Togo. We also had great times of fellowship with our Togo Team and the Ghana Team. And we all enjoyed sharing what we are thankful for. We especially are thankful for your part in the ministry here in Togo. We are very cognitive of how blessed we are to know Him, to serve Him, and to partner for Him with you! God is good!

Mobile Medical Clinics continue to go out each week. We celebrated the one year plus anniversary of the start of the mobile clinics. We have had one of our supporting churches commit to taking on 104 clinic days! (That is two years of clinics! PTL!) This Sunday, Dec 2nd, we have been invited to worship at one of the 3 church plants that have resulted from the clinics. We are looking forward to being with them. There are also Bible studies going on in other villages that the clinics have been too.

There seem to be many weddings taking place among our employees right now. We have had 1-2 weddings almost every month since Sept, and a few before that! J One of the hospital guards, Tchessa, who is in Michael?s Sunday afternoon Bible Study, is getting married on Dec 1. Then a hospital guard, who helps with the church plant of Tsaviť, is getting married on Dec 8. And the pastor of our little church in Tsaviť just came by last night to inform us of his marriage on Jan 26. Of course, with lots of marriages, come lots of babies! Almost every couple that we know of, who has gotten married since May is expecting right now. We are indeed enjoying rejoicing with our friends!

Dr. JoV, our Filipino surgeon, has finished almost 15 months with us and will be leaving on Dec 16th to go back to the Philippines for a time. She does not know where God will lead her next. We have appreciated her help to His work here in Togo. We have also been blessed with Dr. David Kuehler, who is taking a leave of absence from his work teaching surgical residents in Albany, to work with us as our General surgeon from Dec 15th until sometime in April! Dr. Kuehler will need to be ?spelled? periodically as this is a very busy work out here that can not be handled alone. So continue to pray for short-term surgeons to work with David and to also fill in the gaps when he goes back home. Pray that he will be led out here full-time or at least on a rotating, regular basis.

Pray for Michael as he and Dr. Bob Cropsey fly to Cameron on Dec 10th to interview a couple of African surgeons who are in training in Cameron. We are praying that if it is the Lord?s Will, then we can have 1-2 African surgeons come here (sometime in the future) to complete their training and possibly even be led to stay afterwards. This possibility is because of the PACS program that Dr. Bruce Steffes & Dr. Bob Cropsey have been instrumental in starting. Pray for all the many details necessary for this to work including funding and experienced, teaching General Surgeons to work with them.

As we start into the Christmas season, we pray that you will remember that the reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Christ! Don?t leave Him out of your holidays or your every ?days!? God Bless! Thank-you so much for your prayers!

For His Glory,

Michael & Cheryl Gayle, ABWE