Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
In my last update, I explained that the president of Mali had been overthrown in a military coup. Just after the coup, rebels fighting in the north took control of roughly 60% of Mali’s total land area. So there wasn’t much heartwarming news to be found in my last update, but here’s what’s been happening since...
Aside from the fact that our expat medical staff has somehow dwindled down to only five, life and ministry in Koutiala continues to move forward. I see God’s mercy and grace in allowing our mission hospital to function well, despite the chaos going on throughout the country. It’s been neat to see the Malian medical staff continue to step up to the plate despite a heavy patient load and long hours. I work with Malian staff who are not merely “clocking in” each day, but serving their Creator. They are living testimonies to the unreached who come to us for healing.
These last weeks have brought some of the most hectic days in the OR for me to date. But I continue to be in awe of how God has seen fit to bring me here for this time. I could write a letter a day filled with stories of joy, pain, hope, and heartache from the OR. Operating on women and children is an emotional business to be sure.
Hereʼs just one story:
Earlier this year, a two year old boy named Souleyman wandered next door to the neighborʼs while his momʼs back was turned. He swallowed Lye, a caustic substance that burned his throat so badly, it closed shut. I put him to sleep and our doctors put a feeding tube into his stomach. Heʼs back with us this week b/c his throat has now healed some, and we are praying that our doctors can find a way for him to swallow.
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
Please pray for us at Koutiala Hospital as the numbers of women and children we treat continue to increase, and we often find ourselves short on Christian Malian doctors and nurses.
Pray that those who come to us for physical healing will sense the presence of Christ at our hospital and want his light in their lives.
Praise for God's help in learning anesthesia and for his helping me through the changes as I arrived in Mali for the first time this past Jan.
Pray for my home assignment, for tour this fall 2012, and for God's help as I begin Bambara language studies next Jan 13.
Updated: July 18, 2012
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