MARCH 2007

Cheryl Gayle on March 28, 2007

We have been so thankful for our short-term visitors this past month.  We always are, but even more so this past month.  We have had the privilege of hosting missionaries from the home office, most notably being Dr. & Mrs. Loren Anderson.  It was such a treat to get to spend some extra time with them here on the field, especially since they were so key in so many of us getting to the field as they were in charge of pre-field ministries! 

And because we had short-term help, ALL of us were able to leave the hospital to go to a mandatory ABWE W. Africa conference held outside of Ghana March 19-23.  Many of us didn't want to attend, but we all came back richly blessed and feeling even closer to our Savior!

Another highlight of March was our "latrine dedication" at the hospital.  Back in 2006, John Teusink and Harry Ward realized that the number of patients and their families who came to our clinic and hospital had increased so much that we could not keep up with the "daily" needs of sanitation.  They heard about U.S. Self Help gifts, and they had the foresight to plan ahead and to ask for help building a new latrine at the hospital.  The U.S., through the U.S. Embassy in Lome, agreed to help fund this project.  It had to be finished within about a year of receiving the funds.  March 2007 we had a big dedication---including the U.S. Ambassador to Togo, Mr. Dunn, and the local bigwigs from the surrounding village and region.  There was a lot of pomp and circumstance, and we had a celebration meal for the "bigwigs" who attended.  All in all, it was a great way to get to witness to many unsaved people in the "bigwig" section!  And we had a lot of fun with it, even though sanitation is probably one of the most important aspects of good health.

Community Health Evangelism finished their preliminary village research and has chosen 2 villages to go into regularly to work with teaching the people in each village important health inssues (like sanitation) and working to empower each village to be more self-sufficient (including ways to make money to better their village conditions.)  And all of this will be modeled from the Bible and the reasons it is good to take care of yourselves and others and not to rely on superstitions!  What is great about CHE is that nationals are the only ones who go out and reach other nationals.  The villagers do not see "foreigners" in the pictures so that the villagers can't say, "Well that is fine for you, but we're not like you!"

Mobile Medical Clinics continue to go out every week.  This has proven to be a great tool to go into a community/village to do Blood Pressure screening, give a talk on taking better care of yourself to lower your BP, and also a time to share the gospel.  Right now, we are only going into villages where there is a church work or church plant where we can work with a pastor.  This is to help increase the visiblitiy of the church and the pastor as well as the above.  Again, right now, MMC is being run totally by nationals.  Michael has had the opportunity to go out at least once, and some of our short-term doctors have been able to go out to a vilalge and observe.  When we have more staff, then we'll be in place to do more actual diagnostic clinics than we do now.

Thank-you so much for continuing to pray for us.  We truly appreciate your interest and support.  Have a wonderful Day in Him!

For His Glory,

 

Michael & Cheryl Gayle