The next morning, the church hosted a small meeting of ABWE missionaries (Bob Cropsey, Tom Kendall, Michael Gayle and Tim Dykema) who met there with me to discuss the development of a PAACS program in Togo. It will take 3 years or so to get it ready to open, but it was a blessed time of fellowship and the Spirit was present and active, I believe.
This has been one of the most beautiful Octobers in November that I remember. Classic beautiful fall weather. What a blessing! Because I am no longer teaching or practicing medicine, it is the first fall I have truly enjoyed in a very long time.
This past month, I have spent time getting ready for a busy November. We are attending the Global Health Missions Conference in Louisville again, leaving Wednesday, November 5 and returning late on the 8th. Micky is going with me this time because her parents will come to watch Sean (one of Sean’s highlights for the year!).
Sean has enjoyed school this fall and relishes his new-found notoriety as one of the smarter kids in the class. He recently had an assignment to stay away from technology (“anything with a cord”) for three days – and found it much harder than he expected.
Micky has played travel agent this month for the PAACS residents who are getting tickets for their exams in Tanzania in early December and for the Basic Science conference in Nairobi in late January. The Ebola crisis adds some uncertainly to everything. She remains busy in her volunteer role of book-keeper for both PAACS and CMDA-CMDE.
I also played travel agent for my family and myself – the trip to Tanzania to participate in the COSECSA (College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa) oral exam, the Basic Science conference in Nairobi in January and the CMDA-CMDE conference again in Thailand in late February. I am also tacking on a quick one week trip to visit the Christian Memorial Hospital and Steve Kelley in Malumghat Bangladesh after that Thailand conference. Micky and Sen will head home directly from Thailand. Part of the preparation for travel this month included the application for a new passport for Sean. This will be his 4th passport – by age 13.
If any of you are interested, I have posted the Christian Doctors’ Digest interview of me by Dave Stevens. It is an update on PAACS. It is available on the Resource page of the PAACS website (http://paacs.net/involved/paacs-resources/). You might enjoy listening if you have an extra 23 minutes. Christian Doctors’ Digest is a monthly audio magazine produced by the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.
Praise and Prayers:
- Please pray for some health issues.
- Pray for the continued transition at the PAACS.
- Pray for us as we both continue to serve hard in both PAACS and CMDA-CMDE.
Yours and His, for the peoples of Africa.
Bruce, Micky and Sean