Renee Valach

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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August 2019

Gabonese Independence Day was August 17th. The Bongolo Hospital staff marched in the local Independence Day parade. Each department had it's own color uniform: Maternity- pink, Pediatrics- light blue, Medicine- green, Surgery- navy blue, Dentistry- maroon and Ophthalmology- tan.

We are currently a tiny but mighty team, with lots of activity. At one time this month, seven long-term, adult missionaries hosted fourteen visitors. Below are a few highlights in the form of Praises and Prayer Requests.

Praises and Prayer Requests

Thanks/Praises
- We are saying goodbye to Dr. Christelle and her husband Dr. Dieu Donné, a recent graduate of the surgical training program. Dr. Christelle has worked part-time with me in Medicine for the last 5 years. I’m sad to see her go, but I’m thankful to have worked with her for this time and praying for her family in their next steps. (photo- surprise for Dr. Christelle below left)

-I’m very thankful for Dr. Jonathan, a visiting doctor from Canada who was incredibly helpful in Medicine and Pediatrics this month.

- We are finishing up the most important stage of the electric project. Stable electricity is much needed and has been a long time in coming. A group of six visitors from eMI- Engineering Ministries International and AMF- African Mission Healthcare Foundation was here for this part of the project. I’m so thankful for their partnerships with the hospital. They did training on the system. There are some unexpected kinks to work out, but soon we should have stable electricity for the hospital and the new Eye Clinic building.

- A family of four organized our medication storeroom and registered every pill into an electronic database. This will make it much easier for us to know what medicines we have for simpler medicine orders in the future. The son from this family also painted the chalkboards for the Sunday school which will start again in October.

-The hospital lab did its first ever viral load test, a special test for HIV patients. I'm thankful that because we can do this test here, patients are no longer forced to make an eight hour trip to Libreville. We started treating the ninth multi-drug resistant TB patient. I'm thankful, because in the past before we had these medicines, MDR-TB was universally fatal here.

- I’m thankful for several days of reflection at our annual team spiritual retreat at the beginning of month.

Prayer Requests

-Paul Davis, our head of maintenance, returned to the US to be with his wife Meladee, who is having health problems. Please continue to pray for the Davis’.

-The Gabonese health insurance continues to be far behind in payments to the hospital, making it more difficult to operate.

-Pray for a nursing instructor for the Bongolo nursing school. Pray for Gabonese nurses as well. For various reasons like retirement, we are losing three Gabonese nurses, but we have several applications of nurses who have applied for work. Pray for discernment in the hiring process.

-Continue to pray for another long-term primary care doctor. (You can see the Ministry Opportunity Description of this position by clicking on this link. https://www.cmalliance.org/jobs/international/africa/gabon-bongolo/bongolo-hospital-primary-care-physician/)

-Continue to pray for a Project Manager to coordinate the construction, and infrastructure projects.

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Updated: September 03, 2019

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Gabon
Address
B P 13.021
Gros Bouquet
Libreville,
GABON

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