This 11-year-old boy, Andre, has a history of this mass developing in the left facial area over a period of three years.
As you can see, from the large scar, another well-intending surgeon attempted to remove this tumor almost four months ago. However, he did not have proper training for a complicated case like this and the resulting extensive scarring made the case more difficult for us.
Andre’s parents are poor Christians. 90% of our patients are Muslims. Most Muslims own sheep, goats, cattle and/or camels that they can sell to pay for medical/surgical needs.
Our Poor Fund committee determined that Andre’s family is truly needy.
The family paid 5% of the patient’s hospital bill and the hospital Poor Fund paid the rest.
If you would like to help us care for needy patients like Andre’s, please send a gift to the G2 Poor Fund at:
Crossover Global G2 Project-Chad 7520 Monticello Rd Columbia, SC 29203
If your gift is designated for the G2Poor Fund (Chad) there will be no handling charge, and all of your gift will go to help poor patients receive much-needed care.
I must admit, I once didn’t look forward to coming here to G2 on short term surgery trips—though I did it many years (three to four times yearly). Total of 35 trips and still counting!
We moved here full time in 2016. I was full time with VOM for seven of those years (2001-2008) as the international medical director. I founded CEF (2002) the next year.
At the same time that I was developing this hospital, I was also developing the one at Werkok, South Sudan—with the blessing of VOM.
I was also was running around some other dangerous countries in Central Asia and Indonesia taking medical/surgical care of brothers and sisters who had been physically injured by those who hate the disciples of Jesus.
But anyway, I used to consider G2 hospital mission station was just homely (not homey). Think different colors of light beige and dirt white!
Now, finally, thanks to previous and current residents here and to my wife, Debbie, there are colorful flowers and green plants. And there’s even mowable grass for three months of each year. A mixed blessing, you say?!
The rainy season is usually over by October and some of the colors fade, and most grass dies and turns beige. It gets dusty all over again very quickly. Everything turns beige and dirt white again—except many of the flowers and parts of trees.
You can imagine if you thrive on color, how much we look forward to the short Sahel rainy season.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. —Romans 1:20
Some may say, Bert, you must be desperate for amusement if you’re attracted to lizards!
That may be partly true but it doesn’t take so much to interest an older guy (79 years old next month.)
This is the second time that I’ve sent photos of lizards.
The first was almost five years ago from Nigeria when we served with WMM/Samaritan’s Purse/ SIM at Egbe Hospital. Doesn’t seem that long ago, does it?
What makes me reach for the camera is not its basic lizardness, though I watched one female consume at least 40 insects consecutively over a period of about 30 minutes! Hey, that’s worth a thumbs up, don’t you think?
The big attraction is the brilliant colors, especially the male. (See photo above.)
The females in this region display very interesting patterns and some color and would get more attention if the males didn’t prance by almost flashing his brilliant colors.
These beautiful colors, we read, are not intended for us but to attract females for procreation.
It is only during mating season that these colors appear. Otherwise, both males and females hardly attract attention as they both become dull-colored and much less attractive.
I do not agree with whoever feels that these beautifully colored creatures are “not for us.”
Before my conversion, I appreciated the beauty of nature, but after I became a disciple of Jesus Christ, this beauty became a time of humility, worship, admiration, and adoration of our wonderful Lord, the amazing Creator of all things!
The Big Bang Theory? No thanks!
A lizard is a very small example of how truly awesome He is!
I deal with some of the complexities of the human body almost every day. There just are not enough billions of years of evolution that could ever explain it!
Often I thank God as I suture closed a long abdominal incision, as I realize that without His miracle of healing it would all fall apart soon.
Thank you, loving Father, for creating beauty for your own reasons one of them being for the enjoyment of your children—like me!
The first operation I did here at G2 about nine years ago was an amputation of a pretty little 8 y/o girl’s arm.
The family thought the girl had broken her arm and instead of bringing her to the hospital be treated they took her to a traditional healer (bone setter).
The splint they applied was too tight and the result was gangrene of the forearm and hand. We found no fracture, which seemed to make this already very sad case worse.
I hoped that this would be the last of such cases I would see but, unfortunately, little four-year-old Fatime (see photo) endured the same painful ordeal only to end up having an amputation here three days ago.
Of course, we try out best to educate parents and anyone else listening to avoid bone setters but there some connections of the charlatans with the spiritual world. Often our advice is not heeded.