Meet Manon and Antoine

Manon, a Belgian midwife (L) and Antoine, a German nurse (R).

Manon, a Belgian midwife, and Antonie, a German nurse, started work on the wards and are getting by with their French.

Manon is fluent in French, Flemish, English, and German! (Us poor language-challenged Americans!) She’s in her mid-twenties, taller than I, and mild-mannered. She’s Catholic as is most of Belgium. She heard the Gospel at our supper table Monday. Manon is the first Belgian to serve at G2. She’ll be here three weeks.

Antonie is in her fifties and is experienced in mission service having served in Haiti and other places. She is very confident and seems to have considerable medical knowledge. She would make a good, tough head nurse but is here for only three weeks. She is an evangelical believer.

Manon and Antonie shared a tent when they attended a Humedica training camp in Germany. Though they are very different, they seem to get along well. They both like to cook and prepare most of their own meals.

A German ob-gyn also from Humedica will serve with us Dec-January.

By the way, Humedica is a Christian organization in Germany. Praise the Lord for this new partner. Next year at this time, we will have the German anesthesiologist, Dr. Michael Schüle and his Dutch wife and baby boy with us long term.

They are coming to serve here despite the wife having fainted, fallen, and hit her head from the heat in the bathroom in the new guest house in March because the solar solar power system did not function. Joel, their baby, suffered from heat rash the entire time he was here.

They had many opportunities in much nicer areas to serve but they felt called by the Lord to come here with Frontiers.

In a year or so after their arrival, once Michael “fixes” our anesthesia dept, we hope to start our anesthesia training program.

I praise God for this precious family.

Temperatures during the day have in the 90’s but evenings are cooler.

I am looking forward to the opening of our new 5-6 bed ER and new surgery clinic soon.

The Lord has truly blessed His project here!

Bert
Eph 3:20

Excellent Meeting with Guinebor 2 Chief

Kalbassou, Djibrine (the Guinebor 2 chief), and David Parker

Kalbassou, David Parker and I met with Djibrine, the Guinebor 2 chief, to discuss the possibility of introducing a sports program to this village.

David is now serving as our expat administrator alongside our Chadian administrator, Allain. David loves soccer, basketball, and track but is here mainly to introduce our Savior to the unreached people.

An effective way to reach the youth from Muslim homes is through such sports programs. We desire to reach the lost using our medical skills, education, sports, and agriculture programs.

The chief is very interested is us introducing fish farming (aquaculture). He has promised to give us several acres for a new school but we must sign a document stating we are sincere and will provide funds to build the school. If we do so, then we can proceed with the sports facility on the same land.

We are excited and trust the Lord to convict some of His children out there to contribute to this exciting project.

David and his wife, Michaela, adopted newborn Chadian girls two months ago and expect to be here a long time.

Blessings,
Bert

 

Change of Seasons on the Sahel (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Though it is not unique to have an abrupt change from wet to dry season, I always am impressed by this.

I had the opportunity to see the lush green grass on campus and in our field when I arrived one week ago. I also experienced probably the last rain here for six or seven months five days ago.

This bit of green within 2-3  days is sure to become beige.

The Shade Trees Are Growing!

This structure is a shipping container transformed into a staff change room with separation of men and women area. It is adjacent to another container that has a triple role:

– Our staff meeting room
– Morning prayer Chapel
– Physical therapy dept

The shrub/trees are what I would like to bring attention to at the end of this structure. They were planted less than a year ago to shade the “buildings.” They are growing rapidly on the west end already doing their job!

PTL for these amazing plants!
Bert

Five Countries. One Dinner.

The multinational nature of CEF is one aspect of this ministry that we love. Sharing a meal at the G2 guesthouse in the photo above are citizens of five countries (Germany, Belgium, UK, USA, and Switzerland).

Bert and Debbie are American-Swiss. The gentleman,  Dr. John Allen, is British and is serving for two months as a surgeon. He is serving with BMS UK. The lady to his right is Antonie, an experienced German nurse and to his left, Manon, a young Belgian midwife. They serve with Humedica, a Christian organization in Germany. Debbie Oubre is seated opposite them.

We’re Back!

Debbie and I are back in Chad!

All my flights went well. I even tolerated the ten hour Paris layover reasonably well. All baggage arrived and it appears nothing was stolen.

I met Antonia, a volunteer nurse from Germany, and Manon, a Belgian midwife, who will serve with us at G2 for several weeks, at the airport as we were on the same Air France Paris to N’Djamena flight. I was able to help them get through passport control and security and claim their baggage. We all brought medical supplies so we rejoiced that everything arrived in Chad.

This is the North 13 acres. It’s under development, and we have built the third guest house, new maternity and new surgical center on this property. Still much is prairie. The six goats of 2017 were not able to control the weeds then. Neither have the 33 goats of 2018. Do we need to try 100 goats!

We’ve sold several goats and will eventually sell the herd and give proceeds to the Poor Fund that helps poor patients pay their medical bills.

After over three months absence from here I can really appreciate growth of the Neem trees. When we started this project there was not even one tree on this property.

All the grass will die soon and the color of the scenery will change to shades of beige. The trees now provide much-needed shade for the residential area. Likewise for the larger trees at the hospital. These trees, flowering bushes, and green grass are a relief from the monotonous tan of the dry season.

We are experiencing sentiments of appreciation and gratitude for the work of our great Creator God! We praise Him for this!

Thanks to those of you who are supporting this ministry!
Bert

 

Land Offered by the Chief of Guinebor ll for a Christian School

Chief Djibrine, the chief of Guinebor II, is a Muslim, but he has heard the gospel multiple times. We’ve been friends for 15 years.

He and the other village leaders now welcome Christians, at least partly because of the positive testimony of the hospital.

He’s offered us land to build a Christian school.

Blessings,
Bert