International Praise and Prayer
I Thes. 1: 2&3 is why IHM does this compilation of Praise and Prayer.
Paul wrote, “ We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
From Donna Thompson - The surgeon said that things went very smoothly in surgery and he was able to get all of the tumor. Mark doesn’t seem to be in much pain at this time. I am able to stay in Mark’s room during his hospital stay. The surgeon expects that Mark will be discharged Friday or Saturday (last Friday. No word yet.). We are very grateful to God for the way He allowed all to go smoothly today. It is wonderful to know that He controls all things.
Glenda A - Thank you also for praying . The rainy season had been “wetter than usual” but for the most part we have been spared of a deluge like we had back in June (18 inches in one day).
Steve & Stephanie K – Praise God for a husband/wife engineer team, who have indicated a desire to serve as construction project managers. Pray that the Father would provide for their long-term visas and financial support in record time.
Mary L - I first set foot on this foreign soil 24 years ago, on September 22, when I began a short-term assignment that turned into 3 years. This year marks my 20th year of career
service and this place is very much home to me now. God is Faithful. So much has changed through the years, especially this past year. My faith continues to be stretched.
Dr. Christel Brabon, just completed a two year post-residency program through WMM (World Medical Missions) at our hospital as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She will take her oral Board exam in December for her profession. We already miss her presence she is uncertain if her future ministry with be at MCH. Pray for her exam and her future.
Brenda M - Rejoice with us in that ALMA (HIV/AIDS ministry) participated in the first National Youth Conference, where over 1700 youth were taught about what HIV is and is not.
ALMA began counseling of patients on September 10th, 2012: pre and post- HIV testing and looking forward to seeing how God can use us in one-on-one individual counseling situations, sharing His Word and the gospel with OB patients, then expanding it later to patients in the clinic/hospital.
ALMA is soon becoming an Association, which will open doors of opportunity for ministry and collaboration, as well as facilitate fundraising efforts, being recognized officially by the government for the work we are doing, as all work related to HIV/AIDS must do.
Pray for healing of Dr. Mark Thompson. He underwent brain surgery October 4th at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL to remove a tumor which has been causing seizures and headaches.
Glenda A - I have recently started teaching my first class to the nursing students. It is a portion of Community Health that deals with Infectious diseases. I actually have always enjoyed studying about tropical and parasitical diseases. I said I enjoy STUDYING about diseases…not HOSTING them. I have the students twice a week and we will be working on this present course of study until we break for Christmas in December. We are having some challenges learning about abstract concepts like “immunity” due to the language barrier. The Lord has been with me through the first couple of weeks of classes.
Steve & Stephanie K – The Renewal Project is making incremental progress toward design completion. However, for lack of a project manager on the field, it continues to move at a snail’s pace. Steve has felt the constant tension between caring for the sick and dying and spear-heading the desprerately needed project.
Mary L - A CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is needed for the hospital short term, and a Hospital Administrator for career service, as well as, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist (preferably a woman).
Due to load shedding, the electricity is very sporadic at our camp facilities. These facilities are used year round by many groups but several have decided not to hold camp due to the heat and inability to run fans without electricity or a functioning generator. The old generator is not repairable mostly because parts are no longer available. A new generator that can be purchased in country costs $16,000 USD. Pray God will provide the funds soon.
Megan V - Please keep praying for those working on the male ward. A few of unbelieving our male ward employees have started actively participating in our devotional time. Pray for their interest and for the believing staff, that they would be a strong witness in word and deed.
Sharon R - The next trimester of our nursing school here in Togo began Monday, Sept 10 (fifth trimester out of nine trimesters total, not counting the four-month internship at the end of the program). The trimester is 15 weeks in length. Sharon R will be teaching approximately ten weeks of the trimester – courses focusing on nursing care of patients with cardiovascular problems (which encompasses the heart, the blood vessels, and hematology – quite a long course) and also nursing care of patients with respiratory problems. Amie Bockstahler, a pediatric nurse, will be teaching the pediatric content of at least the first course (not sure that we can get the peds content into the schedule for the respiratory course prior to her leaving in November).
Brenda M - Please pray for ALMA as we seek a self-sustaining enterprise that will continue to provide funds for the ministry on an ongoing basis. There are several ideas that the ALMA Board has come up with and pray as we pursue options available and seek a missions-minded micro-finance organization to help us start up whom we can pay back.
Sarah D - The rains this year will be sufficient for a good harvest, but not too much.
That God will supply the clinics financial needs for the end of this year as we will be roughly $12,000 short for or next medication order
Holly F - In addition to our regular monthly village medical ministry, we have the joy of hosting medical teams 1-2 times a year. These teams help us provide specialty care for some of our regular patients as well as to reach out to new villages & encourage the pastors & church planters in these villages. An ophthalmologist joined Dr. Miriam & I for daily village clinics Sept 10-21. His son assisted him & nurses Stefanie and Sharon also joined us.
Ruth W - National Certification Exam for Family Nurse Practitioner on the 16th of October. PRAY.