Gabon: Bus Accident Seriously Injures Four Alliance Women

By Steve Straw, an Alliance pastor and pilot for Aviation Medicale de Bongolo, serving Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, West Africa

God’s Mercy was Seen

Praise the Lord! No one was killed when a bus full of Alliance Women failed to negotiate a turn and rolled down an embankment.

On Sunday night, August 5, the president of our national church in Gabon, called to tell me that a terrible accident had occurred at the conclusion of the Alliance Women Ministries annual conference in the east of the country. Many women had been injured—some seriously.

Through Aviation Medicale de Bongolo, I was able to air evacuate the four with the most serious injuries to Bongolo Hospital. The women were treated for broken bones and other injuries. All four are recovering well.

Steve Straw spearheaded the purchase and refitting of a single-engine, eight-seat Cessna 207 to provide air ambulance service for Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, West Africa. Aviation Medicale de Bongolo launched in 2010, the culmination of more than six years of prayer and a successful partnership between Air Calvary, Bongolo Hospital, and The Alliance Chretienne au Gabon (the national Alliance church in Gabon).

What You Can Do


Pray for the women who were injured to recover quickly. Pray also for Alliance workers around the world who often need strength and wisdom when they contend with challenging situations.


  • Give to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) to support Alliance workers, like the hospital staff in Bongolo Hospital, who tirelessly assist the suffering, providing healing and hope in Jesus’ name.
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Learn more

  • See photos and more details about the bus accident on Steve Straw’s blog. Note: Clicking on this link will take you off of the Alliance Web site.
  • Read Wings, an Alliance Life article about Bongolo’s air ambulance ministry, written by Alace Straw, Steve’s wife.
  • Check out Alliance Women Ministries.


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