Today we hosted the nursing class for lunch. They are a great group and we’re very happy with their progress and great attitudes. This week they have a Bible course taught by Kyle and next week is Microbiology.February 22, 2017

2/22/2017

This sweet little baby was born prematurely at our hospital and stayed many weeks until she could be discharged to her village about 45 minutes from the hospital. Her mother is disabled and wasn’t able to care for her so her grandmother stepped in. There is a growing Bible study in this previously un-reached village and our chaplains and NICU nurse have paid the family visits on a regular basis. A few weeks ago I was called urgently to the reception area to see a sick child and was shocked to see baby Grace in her grandmother’s arms barely breathing. We rushed her back to our ER area where several doctors and nurses worked to revive her. I hurriedly found our chaplains (who lead the Bible study in her village) and they came quickly to support her. Unfortunately, Grace had been sick for too long and passed away. Her family was heartbroken. They took her body back to her village where her Muslim extended family allowed our chaplains to lead a Christian burial service which was attended by 30 men and women (many of whom do not attend the Bible study). Please pray that good comes out of the pain and suffering in this family. Please pray for our hospital staff that have loved and cared for Grace for many months and were very attached to her. Life is so fragile.Melissa at Faré

2/20/2017

Today we visited the rehabilitation facility in Bomboika to see the progress and encourage a young man who spent a lot of time at the Hospital of Hope. He’s was fitted with a prosthesis that was made at these facilities on Monday and will stay for two weeks learning how to use it before returning to his village. This young man’s recovery and prosthesis is made possible by the generosity of so many. Much of his care at the Hospital of Hope was paid by generous gifts to the Hope Patient Care Fund and donations given to the team benevolence fund helped cover the cost of his prosthesis. It’s fun to see hope return to someones life first-hand, but the thanks is really due to so many that stand behind us in financial and prayer support. Thank You!February 19, 2017

2/19/2017

We have a crew that is out here to help repair wells in three different villages and they decided to try to remove the old pump from the first well that was drilled on the hospital property. As they worked on pulling the old pump out it was discovered that there was water in this well and this got people wondering if this water had just seeped in over the years or if maybe this well had begun to produce water. The wiring for the pump was bad so that was repaired and the pump was lowered back down. In this photo many missionaries gathered eagerly anticipating and praying for a miracle and that the well would now work (we know God could do this). However, the suspense will have to continue as it was once again discovered that there is some sort of problem with the pump itself. A new pump was ordered and will hopefully get here so that this group can try this one more time before they leave next week. We’ll let you know how that goes…February 16, 2017

2/17/2017

Here’s a photo of the Thursday morning village Bible study that I go to along with one of the hospital chaplains. They recently built this structure so that they could have their own place to meet.February 9, 2017

2/16/2017

Almost overnight more than 1,000 Fulani people have gathered here at this make-shift refugee camp (about 30 minutes out of Mango) after being chased from their homes by another tribe. It seems this started when an armed burglar entered a home and killed the man of the house before fleeing to Ghana. In retaliation that tribe burned the homes of people they suspected of being in the same tribe as the burglar and several Fulani were killed including some children. Yesterday we brought out some rice and other supplies to this camp as they await aid from the government. Two government officials are trying to negotiate so that these people can return to their villages without fear of more violence. However, many will return to nothing as many of their homes were burned.February 14, 2017

2/15/2017

Well it’s a long way from Starbucks… Each Thursday morning I head to a village with one of the hospital chaplains where we lead a Bible study. Before leaving town at 6:30 am we stop here at this little stand for our coffee. Water is boiled in an aluminum pot poured into a glass drinking glass and instant Nescafe is added along with sugar to get us going. It doesn’t taste anything like Starbucks but it gets us going and it costs less than any cup of coffee you can get in the States.Coffee Break

2/9/2017

Today Melissa is on-call at the hospital but the boys and I joined a couple of chaplains and a fellow missionary to attend the first official Sunday gathering in a village where we started a Bible study with the family of a surgical patient over a year ago. It was encouraging to see so many of our Christian employees involved in helping lead this group and it was encouraging to see such a good turnout and the structure this village built to provide shade for their Sunday meetings. February 5, 2017

2/5/2017

It’s hard to believe all the work that goes into raising and harvesting cotton one of the main crops around here. It’s very common to see small piles of cotton gathered around the villages right now as they await the trucks that will take them to one of the processing plants (in Kara or Dapaong). At those processing plants the cotton is washed and the seed is removed and they are packed into large bails that will then make their way to Europe or someplace else in the world where it may be made into clothing that may someday make it’s way back to Africa after it’s no longer wanted in other parts of the world. (see clip of loading the truck here)February 4, 2017Sadly this past week there have been a couple of instances where people sold their cotton and armed robbers have broke into the home of the families that have worked so hard and stole the money these families received after selling their cotton. In one case near a village where we do one of our Bible studies a man was killed and his wife injured when they did not comply and simply give the burglars what they asked for.

 

2/4/2017

Saying goodbye to another great short-term group from a very supportive church… From watching children during our team meetings to hosting a Family Feud night and lots of construction and medical things in between they come to serve and encourage each time Spring Creek sends a group and we so appreciate them.February 3, 2017

2/2/2017

Some days have their fair share of disappointments. Today we tried drilling for water once again. This time we were drilling almost a mile from the hospital at a lower level closer to the Oti river with the hope that we’d strike water and be able to pump it up to the hospital to give us a reliable source of clean water since the water supplied by the city is frequently off. This turned out to be the fourth attempt and the fourth dry well. We know God has this under control so we’ll press on.
january 22, 2017

1/22/2017

Saturday we took a moto ride with the Morales’, last night we had dinner together, and today they leave for whatever God has for their next adventure. It’s always hard saying goodbye to people who we’ve worked alongside for many months and this precious couple is no exception. They arrived one year ago and have given their all to be great nurses, encouragers, and great friends. They were very involved in Todd’s care and evacuation and just days later they were themselves evacuated so that Andres could be treated for Lassa by the CDC. They remained encouragers and returned to finish out their service with hospital after his recovery in the States. They’ve got huge hearts, are hard workers, and have committed their lives to serving others. We’re praying for their next stop and so grateful for their service and that God brought them to the Hospital of Hope for such a time as this.January 17, 2017

1/17/2017

This evening on the way home from the hospital I stopped by the schoolhouse to visit the Art Show which was organized by our teachers. We are SO blessed to have teachers who use their talents and training to teach our children. This is a vital part of the work here in Mango. If you know of a school teacher who would like to teach in Mango for a year (or more), our team needs teachers for next year. January 13, 2017

1/13/2017

Almost a year ago the young man standing next to Andres and me in this photo was brought to the Hospital of Hope by family members after he’d digested poison hoping to end his life before other powers did it for him. He was convinced that the curse that had been put on his life was going to take his life. He’s a part of the Gamgan people and it’s not terribly uncommon among these people for a young man to steal a young girl to be his wife. When this young man stole the girl to be his wife, the girl’s family found him and took their daughter back they then also got together and put a curse on him that was meant to kill him. Being convinced that this curse would end his life this young man instead decided to take his own life and thus his arrival at the hospital.

Alain and the chaplains talked with him extensively and while there was some improvement physically, he remained certain the curse would kill him and was very discouraged. Since he was staying with his uncle near our Thursday Bible study we visited and prayed with him a few times before he returned to his parents house.

Today, months after our last visit, we stopped in to see him and invite him to attend a Bible study near his home and it was great to see the difference in his life. He thanked us over and over and asked for us to pray for him. I think God has big plans for this young man and I’m praying he continues to seek a relationship with the one true God.January 12, 2017

1/12/2017

The last Saturday moto ride of 2016 ended earlier than expected when we had a flat tire while traveling about 50 MPH on our way back to Mango.  Thankfully we were able to keep it upright and bring it to a stop when I discovered it had also been leaking a lot of oil so we flagged down a taxi and put the moto on top and we joined the 6 other people already inside for the trip back to Mango. It was still a successful ride as we were able to visit a number of towns we hadn’t been to where our patients come from and see a new part of Togo (Northeast corner) before breaking down.decewmber-31-2016

 

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