Dear Friends and Family:
The Mbingo Baptist Hospital is framed by a beautiful valley – during the wet season, it is cool (sometimes chilly) and rainy (every day we have been here), but the four narrow waterfalls, lush greenery in all shades of emerald and the view out over the ranges spread below us makes it a near paradise. It is at 4600 feet above sea level, so it is pleasantly cool all year round. I have to say that I prefer it to hot Fayetteville, especially at this time of year. The picture is the view of one of the waterfalls as the fog rolled in.
Today was graduation day for three PAACS residents and two CIMS (Christian Internal Medicine Specialization) residents. CIMS is a training program started about five years ago by Dr. Dennis Palmer, a 65 year old internist who has spent his entire professional life as a Baptist medical missionary in Cameroon. It is similar to PAACS but thus far limited only to Cameroon and this one location. As far as I am aware, it is the only Christian internal medicine training program in Africa.
Only one of the PAACS graduates is actually done with his program. Jerry Fahnloe Brown will be returning to Liberia the end of August to work at the ELWA hospital outside of Monrovia. Micky and I remember well his visit to the Mercy Ship over 6 years ago when we interviewed him as part of his application. DeGaulle Mifila, from the DRC, and Gerald Ekwen, from Cameroon, will not be finished until December. They began their program five years ago in December when we opened the ill-fated Ngaoundéré program and they followed their program director Jim Smith to Mbingo when we closed the program at Ngaoundéré. Mifila will be going to remote Tandala Hospital (being renovated by the Evangelical Free Church) in the northern part of the DRC. Ekwen will be staying here in Cameroon, going to the Mutengene Hospital we visited last weekend.
I must confess to being glad when it was over. Most of us on the stage wore traditional educational regalia sewn by a local tailor, and it was beautifully done. However, they were made of velvet, lined and with velvet stripes, so it was more than a little warm on the packed stage. Fortunately, it was the coolest day yet, so we didn’t sweat too much.
We have 8 more days left in Cameroon. Tuesday, I am going with the officials of the Cameroonian Baptist Convention to the Minister of Education in the capital city of Yaoundé. It is part of the ongoing attempt to achieve government recognition.
Praise and Prayer:
- Pray for these three young men as they wrap up the next six months and prepare for their next place of service.
- Pray for our meeting Tuesday.
- Pray for the graduation ceremony in Gabon next Sunday. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend.
Praising God for all He has done,
Bruce, for Micky and Sean