Praise that Debbie’s brother is doing well following recent surgery and that she was able to return early from language study in France to be with him. Pray that she can continue French study while on home assignment in order to communicate better with patients when she returns to Cameroon. Pray for her as she visits ministry partners while here and also does some medical work to keep her license current, maintain skills and earn some extra income. Pray for peace in Cameroon and safety for Mbingo hospital workers and patients.
Praise for a vacation Debbie had in the US visiting family and supporters, and for the privilege to do language study now in France. Pray that she will make good use of her time there and that she will be able to use French in Cameroon. Praise for Mbingo Baptist Hospital and the care that it provides. Pray for continued educational development of the staff and improvement in the standards of care. Pray for funding for further development of the campus including needed electrical work a hydroelectric power plant, new wards and a radiation therapy program. Pray that the surgical residents will grow not only in their surgical skills but also in their walk with the Lord.
Praise for the call of God on the Petersons’ lives to serve with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and Engineering Ministries International (EMI) at Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon. Pray for peace, wisdom and strength for them in all that is involved in transitioning to full-time ministry, and that God will quickly and abundantly provide for them. Pray for those in Egypt who are mourning the loss of a skilled PAACS surgeon and godly man who fell to his death while hiking alone while training at a mission hospital in Cameroon.
Praise that Debbie’s Oregon medical license was renewed for 2018-2019. Praise also that she can use vacation time to return to the US on November 15 for much-needed rest and reconnection with family and supporters. Pray for the ongoing needs of Mbingo hospital and for three new surgical residents (chosen out of 80 applicants) as they adjust to their life and training there, beginning January 1. Pray for a replacement for a plastic surgeon and for a family practice doctor who have returned to the US to prepare for long-term service with SIM. Pray also that adequate funding can be found for the hospital chaplain’s ministry.
Praise for the July graduation of surgical and internal medicine residents at Mbingo Hospital. Pray for the proper placement for these well-trained doctors, some of whom cannot return to their countries due to instability or lack of hospitals in which to practice. Praise that a new outpatient building has been completed using a loan from the French government. Pray for stamina for the hospital doctors and nurses, as the demand for surgical care is overwhelming. Continue to pray for a solution to the political difficulties in the country and that the schools will reopen.
Praise for a short vacation Debbie took following fourteen months without a break. Pray that her schedule will allow for recovery times following intense weekends of being on surgical call. Pray for Cameroon where strikes – including a three-day government doctors’ strike – are continuing, and that a long-term strike can be avoided. Pray for all the doctors at Mbingo, who are quickly overwhelmed with surgical emergencies during strikes. Pray also for a pathologist to cover September through November when the current one goes on home assignment.
Praise for God’s sustaining grace during a very busy year training surgical residents, plus many night calls and performing of surgeries. Praise also that a new internet fiberoptics cable has been laid to the hospital, and pray this will end the current vexing problems with internet connections. Pray for Debbie as she trains a new class of surgical residents and prepares and lectures on thermal injuries at a Basic Science Course in Kenya in late January. Pray for more volunteer surgeons to come in 2017 to ease the burden on the regular staff doctors. Pray for many opportunities to share Christ with patients.
Praise for a time of refreshment and hearing from God’s Word during a recent Spiritual Retreat at Mbingo Hospital. Pray for Debbie as she writes as well as teaches a Basic Skills Course for surgical residents. Pray that the Lord will provide her a special friend/accountability partner at the hospital. Pray for perseverance, spiritual growth and dependence on Jesus for her and all of the residents. Pray for additional long-term and short-term faculty to help train surgeons. Pray also for two volunteer surgeons to cover for Debbie and others when they must travel to Kenya in January 2017.
Praise for the hospital residents who passed the recent in-service exam. Praise that Mbingo Hospital has become a referral center for much of Cameroon and Eastern Nigeria, but pray for strength for both residents and faculty who face a heavy work load — sometimes doing surgery all night. Pray for the new academic year beginning in August and the two interns coming from Nigeria. Praise for a new surgical faculty member who will begin in 2017, but pray for one or two more. Pray that opportunities to discuss spiritual things with residents and patients will not be missed because of busyness. Pray for Debbie as she returns to Liberia July 23-August 3 to pack her things and say goodbyes.
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