The Beauty of God’s Creation

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

Male orange head lizards found in several African countries as well as parts of Asia and probably other parts in the world.

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 have a variety of interesting back patterns.

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!

Bert 

Full Hospital and Full Caregivers Village in the Middle of Rainy Season

July/August/September are the months of the rainy season in the Sahel of Chad where we live and work.

Historically, there are fewer patients and our Caregivers Village is almost empty at this time of year. Not this year!

The hospital is full. Patients have to wait for beds. Surgeries are delayed.

Now that we have two surgeons, we could squeeze in a few more operations a week but the constraint is lack of beds.

Thus the Caregivers Village which was not even being used three years ago is also full, in respect to shelter.

Some residents are camping where there is no shelter, which is sad.

Just as we are praying for funds to add a hospital ward, we are now praying for funds to add more shelter to the Caregivers Village.

If the Lord leads you to contribute to these projects, please contact our mission or send your gift to:

Crossover Global
7520 Monticello Rd
Columbia, SC 29203 USA

Serving Jesus in Chad,
Bert and Debbie Oubre

We Need More Missionary Housing

We need more missionary housing. This is a good problem to have!

We expect four or five new long term families to move on campus over the next months and year. We also have more short termers planning to serve and many visitors. We need more housing.

In addition to adding a three bedroom house, we will remodel the building below which for years served as our sterilization center.

Good friends from SC supplied funds to remodel this building and converted it into two one-bedroom apartments. Another good friend, a SC architect, drew the building plans.

I will post another photo in five to six months. 

Bone Setter Causes Little Girl to Lose Her Arm

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.

Four-year-old Fatime

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.

We’re Back in Chad

We’ve been back in Chad at Hopital de GB2 for one week.

Below we’re praying at our daily prayer meeting at 6:45 am.

The staff of 85 starts their workday at 7 am. Attendance at morning prayer is voluntary.

Welcome Dr. Tom Spears: Family Medicine Specialist

Dr. Tom Spears (L) and Chris Spears (R)

On the left is Dr. Tom Spears, who plans to be here next January with his wife and two children (ages 2 &4 years.) He serves with BMS UK and is a completely trained family medicine specialist.

He has served in Benin and Nepal. The Spears plan to serve with us long term at G 2.

This was a bit of a test trip for the Spears and to check into schools for the children. From the G2 leadership team’s perspective, the Spears “passed muster” and we enjoyed the time of interaction. We are already looking forward to the Spears family becoming members of our G2 family!

On the right is Chris Spears is Tom’s dad and is a retired engineer. I tried to recruit him to have a crash course in surgery so he could come and share night and weekend call, but he didn’t seem to think he would deal with blood too well.

I feel it is an excuse, and he just prefers to amble around the beautiful eastern England country and beaches! He knew better than to use the age card. I’m his senior by 8 years!

As you can tell we all enjoyed the Spears’s short visit with us.
Bert

Welcome Opare-Addo Family

History is being made as Dr. Paul, his wife, Lynn, and three children, arrived this weekend for a four-month stay.

Paul is originally from Ghana and has completed his Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center in California.

He is the first Fellow we have had. We will try to provide him with a rich experience here at G2.

Paul’s supervisor is Dr. James Appel, also a graduate of the FM residency at Ventura County. The latter FM residency is known as one of the best in the US.

Dr. Appel has a vast experience in serving in Chad for 17 years.

Thank you, Lord, for sending this great family!
Bert

G2 Now Open for Eye Surgeries — History in the Making!

Recently the eye surgery team (shown in the photos below) examined
and treated 500 patients for free with all sorts of eye problems.

Forty-eight  patients were selected for cataract removal. They paid a small fee for surgery.

One little girl had congenital cataracts removed from both eyes and has vision for the first time!

From left to right: Dr Jeremie, ophthalmologist from the Ivory Coast, who serves with Chistofel Blinden Mission; Dr Hans Peter, resident in ophthalmology from Austria; Wadjia, a young Chadian doctor interested in ophthalmology; Alphonsine, our Chadian Director of Nursing; me (Bert).
Hans Peter with Dr Tim Teusink the representative from SIM France/Belgium.
Dr Andrew Toren, head of the ophthalmology team here to remove cataracts. Andrew is from Quebec, Canada. Theo, one of our brightest surgical assistants at G2, is enjoying learning a lot about eye surgery.
Dr. Andrew Toren, an ophthalmologist from Canada, and our G2 star Chadian scrub nurse, Theo, who now can assist on eye surgery cases!
Drs Andrew Toren (Canada), Dr Hans Peter (Austria),and advanced eye nurse, Jean, (Chad) screening eye patients to find valid candidates for surgery.
A historical occasion—the first cataract removal. Many more will be performed this week.
Jean is a Chadian advanced level nurse with special training in eye care including certain operations. 
He serves at a clinic about 300  kilometers from G2. He helped us during our recent eye campaign. He is a fine brother in Christ as are all the eye surgeons who took part in the campaign.
Our wards usually stay full of patients so we borrowed two tents from Doctors Without Borders to make sure we had space for our postoperative eye patients. 
I mentioned we wanted to make sure we had “space” for our patients since most of our patients prefer to live, sit and sleep on the ground or floor on their mats/rugs. Some are miserable in a bed!

New Waiting Area Is Already Overflowing

This new outpatient waiting area seats two hundred.

We saw 300 patients yesterday and 150 were eye patients!

The eye campaign ends Friday and the international team will leave. However, we have had excellent rapport and fellowship. Our best male scrub nurse, Theo, has attracted attention by his unusual aptitude and positive attitude. He is a new believer — saved here 😊.

The ophthalmologists want to arrange formal training for Theo in Togo for two years. After this, he will return here to serve in our eye clinic and will be able to do cataract surgery.

There is a possibility of CBM (Christoffel Blinden Mission) building a new eye care center here and staffing it.

God is good!

Bert