Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital Photos
After an extensive survey of various areas in Togo, the survey team felt the Lord was leading them to begin a new medical work in the Plateau region specifically in Tsiko, approximately 30 minutes north of Kpalimé, home of our Blind School.
The construction of this hospital began in 1982 and was opened to the public for a new ministry outreach in the summer of 1985. Over the years this hospital has grown to a 35 bed full service hospital. We currently have 3 full time family practice physicians, 1 part-time surgeon and 1 full time Physician's Assistant. We have 4 missionary nurses with 3 of them involved with our Nurses Training Program.Click here to find out how you can help with our Nursing Education program:
For more information for Visting Doctors and Nurses, click here.
To read a recent article on AIDS entitled "Plans to Stem the Tide in Togo" in The Message (A.B.W.E.'s) magazine written by one of our nurses, Brenda Mastin, click on HIV and you will be redirected to that site.
Have you ever considered taking a short-term mission's trip. Here's an article "Following the Bright Red Van" written by Judy Hutton RN (a short term nurse) on a recent trip to this hospital. If you would like to know more about how you can participate in a short term adventure as either a doctor or nurse, contact Dr. Michael Gayle and mention you were on this site and would like more information.
If you would like further information or would be interested in helping meet some of these needs, please contact Dr. Michael Gayle.
Recently Dr. Russ Ebersole related the following examples of how the Lord is working at HBB:
Afi is a little girl who was admitted for severe dehydration, malnutrition, and pneumonia, all related to her contracting AIDS from her infected mother. We are always truthful in telling the families this diagnosis (not commonly done elsewhere in Togo) and as a result they often refuse admission because there is no cure. She was admitted and treated using the pediatric benevolence fund, and made a good recovery from her acute problems. Of course, her underlying diagnosis cannot be cured, but her parents heard the Gospel and accepted Christ as Savior (she was too young to understand at this time). She left smiling and comfortable, but more importantly her illness was used to bring her folks to the Lord.
Ayefouné, who is a 9 year old who presented with a huge left sided abdominal mass (the picture shows all the knife cuts over the mass due to “treatment” by the traditional healer). Thinking the tumor was a Burkitt’s lymphoma (a type of tumor for which we have chemotherapy), he was given the medications, but had no response. After going home for two weeks to allow his low blood counts to recover, he was to return for surgery. He did not return for over a month, because his father had insisted on only using traditional healers, refusing to give his mother any money to return. But his mother insisted on returning, taking the time to find money from other sources. He underwent surgery successfully, and had a speedy uneventful recovery. But he is still at risk for recurrence and possible metastasis. While in the hospital, both he and his mother made decisions for Christ, and attended the children’s program regularly until he returned home. Please pray that he might have a long-term remission, or even a cure, in order for his father to see that the true God and the prayers of His people are stronger than the powers of the traditional healers.
Aisha is a young Muslim mother of three children whose husband was killed in an accident last year, and whose older son was then taken to live with other family members. Earlier this year, her younger son was admitted to the hospital with severe malaria. Despite all our efforts to save his life, he did not respond and died, leaving her alone with only her daughter. Melody had visited with her, and we helped take her and the little body back to her home in the Muslim area of a nearby town. Melody and Russ’ sister, Sue Briggs, continue to follow-up with her. Through their ongoing witness and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Aisha stated that she believed. A short while ago, Aisha came to our home again, and Melody noted a marked change in her – she was smiling, repeatedly greeted her warmly, and said that she had left Islam to follow Christ. She also said that she had led two of her Muslim friends to the Lord. When
Melody took her home and met her Muslim parents, as they began to pray for her sick mother, Aisha told Melody that she now wanted to be known as “Mary” rather than Aisha. The change in her was incredible! In that short time, she had read the entire Old Testament and was now in John in the New Testament. She has been working on discipleship materials with Melody, and is continuing to grow in the Lord. Please pray for her as she is still living with family members that are Muslim that she will continue to mature in the Lord and be a strong witness to those around her.
Again, if you would like further information or would be interested in helping
meet some of these needs, please contact Dr. Michael Gayle.
Seeing Muslims coming to know Christ as their Savior, not just as a good prophet, is a wonderful thing to see, especially in the light of our new ABWE ministry in the north of Togo. Lord-willing, a new hospital will open in the next 4-5 years in Mango, a destitute city in the hottest part of the country that has had no evangelical witness, and virtually no medical care. We are excited that three church-planting couples have recently moved to the city as the “advance troops” in our plan to evangelize this needy area. Please pray for the need for medical personnel and funding as this project progresses.
Current hospital supply needs at our hospital.
Have you ever considered making that short-term medical
mission’s trip but just don’t know where to start. Dr. Bruce Steffes (an experienced general
surgeon and frequent short-termer in various mission hospitals) recently wrote
a book that will help you know exactly what you will need, how much and when. You can get a glimpse of the book by
looking at the attachment below (Medical Missions:). When you are
ready for more information, return here and click on more information and you’ll
be redirected to a site that will give you information on how you can acquire
this worthwhile book.
Buy one set for your church library, buy one set for anyone going on a short-term mission trip and buy one set for anyone you know who is going to the mission field as a career. This book is priced at $14.95 but for a short time only, it can be purchased on the web at click here. His newest book "Your Mission: Get Ready, Get Set, GO!" is given below in 2 separate chapters for you to scan over. “Medical Missions: Get Ready, Get Set, GO!” for a great price of $12.00 plus S/H.