It’s Not a Snake. It’s Plumbing Issues.

It’s Not a Snake

This is not a snake. It’s roots that had come to reside in our American Substandard drain pipe from our bathroom sink.

Plumbing Problem Solved

So many plumbing issues.

When our bathroom sink plugged up we hired a plumber who works with Antony to check it out. The problem was not the gooseneck joint.

Guess what was found?

The individual who was here to work on the plumbing left the pipe to drain directly into the dirt.

Neem tree roots really thought that was a great idea so they got thirsty and grew right into the pipe and finally plugged it.

While the plumber and helper were here, construction supervisor Debbie, asked them to check out the shower drain and the awful odor. It drains directly into the septic tank as does the toilet drain. Without a valve to prevent it, it is no surprise that there was the terrible smell all these years.

The problem is now solved.

Dust Storm Damage

June 27th was another very hot day, but then we had a dust storm that often moves in before a rain.

Though the dust storm was not welcome, the rain was as is cools everything down some. We did not expect hurricane force winds. Pieces of sheet metal

We did not, however, expect hurricane force winds. Pieces of sheet metal blew around dangerously.

After the rain came and went, we walked around to see if any damage had been done to the hospital. It had.

This is the roof of our new staff meeting room laying against the back of the women’s ward.

This is the roof of our new staff meeting room laying against the back of the women’s ward.

Work, Blessings, & Challenges – We’ve Got it All

SURGERY

Another all morning case and another giant tumor of the kidney. Probably renal cell cancer. Sadly, this one is almost certain to be malignant.

We have prolonged his life but very likely there is already metastatic spread that will take his life within one or two years or less. He will have the opportunity, fortunately, several more times here to accept or reject Jesus.

His total hospital bill will be $500. If he could even find any other surgeon in this area willing to tackle such a case, his bill would be much more. The French hospital would charge at least $6000. The latter fee is only affordable by the rich here.

He says he was shot in the face by a roadside robber in Libya. We’ll try to help him.

 

NOMAD MINISTRY

Debbie and friends have made great inroads into sharing the Gospel with the Muslim Arab Nomads.

With an American missionary friend who knows Arabic well, she recently shared directly with a group of Nomads, some who have undergone surgery here.

The matriarch said, “Why didn’t you share this news with us earlier!?”

Debbie would have liked to have done that but her Arabic is too primitive.

She and her Arabic speaking friend will have one more opportunity before the Nomads move their camels elsewhere for about six months. But we expect to interact with them again next dry season.

PRAISE ITEM

A 16-year-old girl who lived with other adolescents on the street was stabbed in the abdomen. She underwent surgery here and three days later accepted Christ! One of our Chadian female nurses led her to the Lord. PTL!

RAMADAN

Ramadan ended the evening of June 24th. Because of Ramadan, the last two weeks have been especially slower in outpatient as well as inpatient services. 

RAINY SEASON & CHALLENGES

It seems the rainy season is here. More cool days and nights, high humidity, and more insects and malaria.

And no more hot showers. Plus I have a strained knee that slows me down.

There seems to be no end to the challenges here. It’s clear we’ve still attracted the enemy’s attention. But lives and souls are being saved, so it is all worth it!!

Thanks for providing prayers and financial support for this vital ministry for the Kingdom. Both are needed more than ever!

Bert and Debbie

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them, for the Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Damde’ – Noma (fusospirochetal) Gangrene of the Face

A young girl was just brought in with Noma (fusospirochetal) gangrene of the face. Not to be confused with the NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art).

To my knowledge, it is our first case here.

I saw several cases in South Sudan. It carries a 90% mortality rate and is usually found in malnourished children 2-6 y/o.

As many as eight different bacteria can be involved. The patient, if not already malnourished, quickly becomes so.

Immunosuppressed patients can also contract this disease.

Our little patient, Damde’, in the photo below, has noma.

We debrided the nonviable tissue under general anesthesia (ketamine). She will need extensive reconstructive surgery if she makes it.

Noma (fusospirochetal) gangrene of face

Please pray for Damde’!

A Major Change for the Better

You would almost have to have been here and witnessed how it was before to be able to appreciate what is portrayed in these photos.

Major change for the better: Empty hallway to outpatient consultation exam rooms!
Major change for the better: Empty hallway to outpatient consultation exam rooms!

The hallway may be empty but that doesn’t mean there are no patients. That means they are waiting, as they should be, on the other side of the solid door with the little window in our new large waiting room.

Before this project controlled the chaos, the patients were sitting on their carpets occupying the sidewalks and crowding in this hallway banging on the doors of the consultants and generally being a major distraction.

It has been one of my most frustrating experiences in my mission career.

We tolerated that frustration for almost one year but now it has been dealt with — PTL! — Thanks to contributions from BMS and Exxon-Mobil.

Our staff can now get their work done more peacefully and efficiently.

The patients have a comfortable wait area that can seat 200.

We are truly grateful!
Bert and Debbie

This locked gate controls entry to the inner court of the hospital and allows only patients being admitted to the hospital to enter. Thus, this project improves overall security. Funds well spent!
This locked gate controls entry to the inner court of the hospital and allows only patients being admitted to the hospital to enter. Thus, this project improves overall security. Funds well spent!