Showers of Blessings!

Dear Supporters and Partners, 

As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on the last 12 months. It was a year filled with exciting times of new adventures and progress as well as difficult times and challenges. Even as we walked through “desert” moments, we were reminded constantly of how good God is through the showers of blessings He sent. It has been a year marked with His provision and faithfulness and we are so expectant for what He is going to do in the new year!

Here are some of the blessings that we have received over the year and we feel that God is moving within the work in Chad. 

  • Housing during our stay in the States:  We frequently joke that we are homeless, as we sold our house in Columbia, SC, before leaving for Nigeria in 2014.  We have always had a safe, quiet, and relaxing place to stay when we return to the States plus a car or two put at our disposition.
  • We were back in the States just a week before Debbie had to have back surgery because of severe sciatic pain.  We thank God that the surgeon, who is a brother in the Lord, was able to operate so quickly and that Debbie woke up with no more sciatica.
  • We were able to visit with our children, Philippe and his wife, Brenna, in North Carolina, Joël in Louisiana and Greg, Lily and our grand-daughter, Hannah, in Texas.  We also had the privilege of celebrating Debbie’s parents’ 65th anniversary in Pennsylvania and visit other family members.
  • Sharing with old and new friends about our work in Chad was such an encouragement as they continue to pray for our ministry and support us in this endeavor.
  • A very generous couple donated funds to remodel the old sterilization/laundry building into two one-bedroom apartments that should be finished in the next month adding much-needed housing.
Before—Old Sterilization/Laundry
After—Almost finished guest house
  • Our team is growing- a French nurse couple and the two children arrived in October.  Two British couples and their children will arrive in January.  Four more short-term missionaries (2-6 months of service) from the USA, Germany, England, and France will be arriving in December/January. Our compound will be overflowing!
  • We have had many opportunities to share about our hope in Jesus with those around us!
  • Our Ethiopian colleagues are doing a wonderful work as chaplains as they visit, encourage, and share the Gospel with the patients. 
  • Working alongside our teammates, both missionaries and national, sharing, discussing, planning, laughing, and at times crying is a blessing that we can’t take for granted!
  • The hospital received a sizable grant from the Swiss government which will help us improve our x-ray and laboratory services, purchase a larger generator and build a new building for ultrasound, prenatal clinic, and well-baby clinic.  Many also donated to help buy much needed new delivery tables.

But the biggest blessing is to be used by God in his work! We are imperfect vessels, but our prayer is that we allow Him to mold us for His work. 

Thanks again for all your support.  We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and God’s richest blessings to you and your family!

Bert and Debbie!

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We’re thankful to be working with Crossover Global.

Crossover Global (a trade name of Crossover Communications International) has maintained “good standing” as a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1996.

Duplex Debbie Building Project

The “Duplex Debbie” Building Project is going up! This project will provide needed short term missionary housing.

The small building below was our first sterilization building.

It is now part of our new duplex homes to be used by the short term missionaries.

“Duplex Debbie” was my smart little wife’s idea. She also developed the building plans, made our needs for this project known, prayed, and found the funds.

The Lord blessed her efforts and guided her and our building team through the building process in record time.

The roof going up on Debbie’s duplex.
Debbie’s duplex 

Time to install the doors, windows burglar bars and screened porches.

The Bible mentioned that it’s not good to put old wine in new wineskins. We would prefer to be putting a new ambulance in this new vehicle shed instead of our old one, but we were passed over last year when ambulances were given by the government.

Our latest building site.

And another of Debbie’s trees bites the dust.

This block of buildings will house the new Ultra Sound room, well-baby clinic, and vaccination room. There will be a covered waiting room for these patients as well as for X-ray patients.

The X-ray department is also being enlarged and improved. The new X-ray equipment should be functioning next month. 

The entire hospital team of 90 full-time employees and the 20 temporary construction workers are excited to see G2 “movin on up.”

We will have a little celebration when the newly renovated and enlarged labor and delivery department is dedicated next week to the Lord.

Many thanks to those of you who have given to or prayed about any of these projects. 

May the Lord bless you. 
Bert and Debbie Oubre

Urgent Need: Donate Toward New Labor & Delivery Tables

I (Debbie) have a cause I would love to share and have people donate towards.

I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse for over 37 years. I wouldn’t work anywhere else!

Here in Chad (where Guinebor 2 Hospital is located), maternal and infant mortality is one of the highest in the world (top 5 in the world).

We work and strive to deliver the best maternal/infant care possible. We deliver an average of 150 babies/month.

Our current delivery tables need to be replaced as we have recovered them many times. If a patient moves down too far on the table they can fall off. And we can’t put the back up anymore. Etc.

Would you be willing to help us by donating money toward buying at least 2 new tables? We really need 4 new tables.

Each new table costs about $1,000.

Email us at b.oubre(at)crossover(dot)global if you want to give to this great cause!

Debbie Oubre

Six-Month-Old Baby Girl Gets a New Chance at Life

When six-month-old Achta was born, her tumor was the size of a large peanut according to her parents. Her 79-year-old surgeon and his team performed a tumorectomy and gave her a new chance at life!

The operation started at 8:30 am and ended at 10:30 am. No unusual complications
All the surgery team survived,
even the old guy!
The little baby girl is fine so far.
Made a very sad mom happy!

Good day at the office!

The biopsies will leave tomorrow with a missionary for the states.

Thank you, Jesus, for using us here and for this experience today!

Many thanks to those who prayed for Ashta and for our team. 

11-Year-Old Boy Receives Much Needed Medical Help & Now You Can Help

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. 

Immediately pre-op.
Immediately post-op. The operation took four hours. The extensive incision was necessary for proper exposure.
Second post-op day 

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. 

Bert and Debbie 

More Beauty in the Sahel

When we accepted the 98-year lease on these 18 acres in 2002,
it was, frankly, ugly! Not one tree or flower. Everything was dust-colored as everything was covered with dust.

There was a rare hut but mainly open prairie. Now a city is building up on all sides of the hospital.

Yes, this reminds me of the One who inspired us to come here to tell others what He has done for us. But He is no longer on that tree!

He is doing His mighty work of Salvation here among the deluded folk who have been following an Imposter and Liar.

But praise Jesus! Truth has come to Guinebor and many other communities via medical/ surgical care servants who love Him.

And beauty is filling the Sahel.

Praise the name of Jesus!!
Bert and Debbie 

Beautification of G2 (More Leisure Reading)

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.


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!


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.