Renee Valach

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Renée’s Rainforest Reflections- May 2018

Health and Hope
Gabon has nine provinces. Currently, we are the only hospital in the three-south/central provinces who can preform a c-section. The women tell me the obstetrics department of the hospital in our provincial capital is an empty building. There is no doctor, no medicines, no equipment. In short no hope. Our Obstetrics ward is overflowing. The situation looks hopeless.

Patients keep coming to Bongolo for health and hope. Right now, many people like these pregnant women are desperate because there is nowhere else to go. We try to meet the medical need whether for a delivery or tuberculosis care and while people are here they find also find hope. 674 people have trusted Jesus so far this year. On Thursday, I spoke with a man with HIV and advanced kidney disease. He had previously trusted Jesus, but had walked away. I can’t provide chronic dialysis for him, but he left the office with hope of forgiveness and eternal life.

The problem of inability to perform c-sections is not something that is unique to here. Lack of access to surgery kills more people than HIV, Malaria, and TB combined. 5 billion people lack access to safe surgery and anesthesia. (Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2030). Bongolo has programs to train general surgeons, eye surgeons, nurse anesthetists, midwives and nurses. Not only are we providing health care, but General surgeons trained at Bongolo are multiplying hope in Mali, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and several other countries.

Happy Patient Story
A baby was born nearly 3 months premature at 2 ½ lbs. and had been in the hospital for 1-½ months when one night he suddenly got very sick. We quickly started antibiotics, IV fluid and helped him breath with a special machine called bCPAP. Despite every thing we had done, he was doing very poorly with low heartbeat and oxygen level. I told his parents we’d done all we could. It’s up to God now. As if on cue his heart rate and oxygen picked up. I’m thankful that he gets to go home soon with his parents. I’m also thankful that generous donors are helping us to get a second infant bCPAP machine this summer.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

-Some of you have contributed to the hospital electric project. Despite your gifts, we still had a long way to fund the project. This week we learned that we received a major gift from the Christian Broadcasting Network. We are one of 8 African missions hospitals named in a 2 million dollar matching grant challenge. You can find out more here!
- God provided IV saline solution. This might not sound like a big deal, but without saline, we can’t do life saving surgeries. We were even considering if we would have to limit surgeries to just emergencies, because we couldn’t get any more after multiple attempts. We didn’t know how, but God provided.

Prayer Requests
-The waiting list to start TB treatment at Bongolo is still too long.
-We’ve been prevented from ordering certain medicines from our principal suppliers. Our hospital Administrator is meeting with government officials this week to address the issue.
-Pray for another primary care doctor.
-Pray for a projects manager who can coordinate all the construction, and infrastructure projects like electricity and water.
-My Home Assignment is July, August and September. Pray that I could leave my responsibilities at the hospital well prepared for my absence, and that I would communicate through the Spirit while in the US.



Updated: June 02, 2018

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