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New phase for Rural Health Services

Dr. Mark & Mr. Gabriel

A new and exciting time begins now for Rural Health Services.

The leadership of Nazarene Health Ministries recently cast a new vision for making Christlike disciples in the nations through integrated and sustainable holistic care working toward mature and stable practices with the Church in discipleship, training and compassionate care throughout the Melanesia – South Pacific Field.

As part of these efforts, Rural Health Services has been identified as a valuable vehicle through which the Church can expand and provide improved care for those in need throughout the rural parts of Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.

As part of this new effort, the team has expanded to include Dr. Mark Crouch – a missionary physician from the U.S. with training in Public Health – who will assist the efforts of the current director, Mr. Gabriel Mahisu.

Like Nehemiah inspecting the walls around Jerusalem, the first task is to do a “situational analysis” of our current clinics and determine how we can stabilise and support the hard-working staff in those facilities.

Next we will look to create sustainable models of funding for current projects and identify new sources of funding for improvements.

We will require strong relationships with our vital partners, including the Church and national governments, to maintain existing services. We will seek connections with all relevant stakeholders to remain accountable to the Church, the government and the people we endeavor to serve.

Finally, we aim to grow hand-in-hand with the Church by identifying “priority areas” for potential expansion through the creation of new facilities.

Check back at this page to take this journey with us. If you would like to give financially to the work of Nazarene Health Ministries / Rural Health Services please see our donations page.

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Dr. Matt serves at Bana Health Centre

Bana Health Center lies deep in the heart of East Sepik province in Papua New Guinea. Run by two fantastic nurses, Buckley and his wife, Charity; Bana is the only medical facility for 15,000 people spread across several mountains. (Due to the difficulties in acquiring an accurate census, it’s probably much more than 15,000.) The people of this region rarely have any contact with the outside world. Their livelihood is maintained by the incredibly fertile and muddy landscape. Houses are built with local materials, food is planted or gathered, and life is simple, but hard.

A typical house by the river made with simple tools and bush materials.

With physical exams and a portable ultrasound machine, I attempted to do in four days what nearly forty doctors in America would do year-round for a population of the same size in the U.S.

After a four-hour drive from Wewak (the small capital town of East Sepik), we embarked on another two-hour trek through the bush to reach the clinic. The clinic sits in a fairly central location for its catchment area, with the farthest people group having to hike approximately twelve hours. Due to chronic government financial issues, Bana was at risk of closure last year until over half the population residing within the clinic’s catchment donated 20 Kina each (~$6, a significant sum for most locals) to keep the clinic open. The money was well spent as this clinic provides critical health services for many without access to any other form of healthcare.

Screening table with Mr. Buckley.

After graduating from Kudjip’s nursing school 6 years ago, Buckley and Charity decided to forgo the comforts of life near their family at Kudjip and a higher salary to travel across the country to Bana. They saw the need, so they went. With the help of a Community Health Worker, this trio does everything from treating extremely complicated traumas and obstetrical emergencies, to fixing solar panels, to overseeing administrative paperwork, and even sweeping the floors at the end of the day. When they first came, Buckley would walk with several other men through the jungle for days to administer vaccinations to everyone in the catchment area. Due to issues with power for their refrigerator and supply of vaccinations from the government, there have been no routine vaccinations since 2016. Despite limited resources, many patients travel from outside of the area because they’ve heard of the care this dedicated trio demonstrates at Bana.

Pharmacy and treatment area with Sister Charity.

Over the course of the four days, nearly 500 patients were screened by Buckley. I saw nearly 400 of those patients. The majority of cases were chronic in nature, such as gastritis, arthritis, COPD, and cataracts. However, we did see a number of cases that involved new diagnoses. Unfortunately, many of these new diagnoses, including patients with metastatic cancer, cerebral palsy, congenital heart disease, and traumatic brain injury, do not have any good treatment options in this region. Despite a lack of medical alleviation, I could at least offer these people and their families some education and pray with them.

The women carry limbum baskets made out of strong leaves of a black palm tree. They thought it was hilarious I picked up one of their baskets filled with fire wood. I soon found out why so many were coming to the clinic with back pain.

There were a few cases, however, that made the grueling trip to Bana a bit more medically motivating. I was able to help some patients with several cancers that had not spread, nephrotic syndrome (a type of kidney disease), gallbladder stones, preeclampsia, and tuberculosis. Some of the best moments involved seeing the faces on pregnant mothers as we looked together at the ultrasound screen while doing prenatal screenings. For these women, watching their own child in-utero was something that they could never have imagined. Many were quiet as I showed them their babies, but were then talking nonstop about the experience with their families after leaving. I also attempted to convince the mothers to deliver at the health center. Doing a simple calculation based on the number of deliveries in a clinic in PNG yearly (23 per 1000) and translating that to Bana’s yearly deliveries (20 per 15,000), only about 5% of births are delivered in the clinic. This leaves the other 95% that likely deliver in the bush unsupervised.

Prenatal ultrasound screening.

Following the long work days, my daily routines involved living and eating like a Papua New Guinean. We made time to explore the beautiful jungle around the clinic as well as eat, a lot. Our hosts always boiled or fried the food (all organic and grown in the bush) over an open fire. It tasted incredibly fresh, delicious, and healthy—even if it lacked much in the way of proteins.

Another satisfied patient after I took a stick out of her foot.

One year ago, I transitioned from a high-volume American trauma center to Kudjip Hospital, a nearly as high-volume hospital in rural Papua New Guinea with just a fraction of the doctors (about 10 at Kudjip vs. about 600 at the hospital where I trained). That was my first glance at the disparity of medical services available around the world. However, moving from Kudjip to Bana was another step deeper into some of the most remote places in not only this country, but the world; and the difficulties that living in these secluded areas bring alongside its beauty and simplicity. It was a fantastic experience working alongside Buckley and Charity in the service of the hard-working and hospitable people of East Sepik.

Tammy’s favorite picture from Bana.

I would also like to say a big thank you to all of our supporters who make trips like this possible. First, to the people who give regularly to help us stay here. Second, to all the people that give randomly and unexpectedly to allow extra service opportunities such as this trip. And finally, to all those who gave specifically for the handheld ultrasound, it was a very useful tool in this remote place.

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More prayers answered

In our last couple posts, we have updated you on how God is answering your prayers to care for some of our clinics which suddenly lost funding.  We know the many people affected in the rural settings have been praying, NHM has been praying, our staff have remained dedicated, and churches all over the world have been praying and giving.  We are excited to tell you that God continues to open doors for the work to continue.  First several donors (individuals, churches, and districts) have given to keep the doors of the key facilities open. 

Our biggest concern has been Bana Health Centre, in East Sepik because of the large population it serves without any other access to healthcare.  We just found out that Christian Health Services of PNG has given funds for this facility as we continue to work together to restore the proper listing and budget allocation from the government for Bana and our other facilities.  We appreciate all the people who have come along side Rural Health in prayer and giving during this difficult time.  God continues to provide so that these facilities can continue to serve and show God’s love to people across PNG.  Please pray for us as we continue to advocate with provinces and national government systems for proper government funding to be restored (or started for the newer facilities). 

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God is beginning to answer prayer

Thank you friends, families and the global church partners for your continuous support in sustaining rural health clinics in PNG. We praised God for the incredible things that is happening during the financial shortfall affecting our rural health clinics. God is beginning to intervene at His own timing. His timing is perfect and is beyond our human understanding. Last Month the surrounding communities of Bana HSC contributed K14,000.00 towards the shortfall on salary to continue to operate the clinic. The contribution is going to keep the facility open for possibly 2 months.


On the left is the community councillor handing the contribution to Rev: Yambe Sike, East Sepik District Superintendent of the church of the Nazarene to assist Bana Health Sub Centre for with its salary.

This month we received an email from a family giving a donation of $10,000.00 US Dollars to assist the work of rural health care in Papua New Guinea. This is timely as we begin to see God’s moving in the hearts of His people. This donation is going to cover for 1 or 2 positions for the rest of this year.
We had laid off 5 nurses and 1 support staff for 3 different rural clinics. We hope this funding is going to help put some staff back to work in the facilities that we’ve just closed.

Do pray with us that we can be able to find a sustainable system to solve our budget issues for this year and next year onwards. There is no workable system for us to quickly get our positions approved for those 7 rural clinics that are being affected. We are making every attempt to knock at the respective provincial government offices and talking to members of parliament for support so that we continue to provide the needed health care to our people in the rural areas.

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Seven rural clinics facing closure due to 2018 budget cut

Thankyou friends, families and the churches for your generous support and prayers offered to sustain our Rural Health Clinics in Papua New Guinea. You have rescued two of our health centres in 2017 budget. In fact our Papua New Guinea Christian Health Services Office provided funding for the six remote clinics in 2017. However, this year seven of our rural health facilities missed the funding opportunity because the government hasn’t captured them in its budget. The Government through Christian Health Services has suddenly ceased the funding for these facilities throughout 2018. The affected rural facilities are; Omai CHP in Southern Highlands Province, Tsingoropa HC in Remote Jimi District of Jiwaka, two aidposts in Chimbu province, Kelekapena CHP and Gaire aidpost in Central province and Bana HSC in the East Sepik province.

Mr. Gabriel Mahisu, the Director of Rural Health Services has made several travels recently to the affected health facilities to talk to the people, and staff informing them of the situation. There are no alternatives but to lay off eleven (11) nurses who are currently working at those affected health facilities. Closing down the operation isn’t a good solution but we have to let it happen. By doing this we know that many people are going to die, we do not know how long it will take to close.

Our Nazarene Health Ministries Management Team has been vocal in advocating through different levels of government, open Members and the Christian Health Services to find means and ways to assist the situation. The issue was also addressed as an urgent matter at the recent floor of the 2018 National Christian Health Service conference and to the National Department of Health to look into the situation.

Bana Health Sub Centre is also affected in the 2018 budget cut. The facility served the population of 15,000 people. When talking to the people and the community leaders they could not absorb this well. The leaders are so afraid that their people will suffer the most when clinic is closed. The poor community tried very hard to keep the facility open by contributing cash towards keeping the clinic open, we don’t know how much and how likely this is going to help sustain the operation.

We need your prayers for God’s intervention during this time of crisis, particularly the staff who are going to be laid off and the operation of the facility that is going to be closed for indefinite period.

If you would like to know more about this do contact Mr Gabriel Mahisu our Rural Health Service Director on Email: gmahisu@yahoo.com; nruralhealthservices@gmail.com; Mobile: (675) 72135603. Or for donation give to Rural Health Greatest Need.

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Going Rural -a blog by Dr. Erin

Rural Health

gabbieMeet Gabriel Mahisu, for the past almost 10 years now, Gabriel has been the Rural and Primary Health Director of Nazarene Health Ministries.  I have worked closer with Gabriel the past year in the Admin office of Nazarene Health Ministries, as we have been a part of our Administrative Teams, but this past week I got to see what he does when he isn’t in the office.Sangapi HC sign

While I was seeing patients and working with the staff, Gabriel was a maintenance man, a community relations man, and an encourager of the staff.  He was fixing water pumps, lawn mowers, figuring out a way to connect gas to the stove, sharpening tools, and more.  He spent hours standing talking to the community about various issues that have come up over the past year, and working with them to come up with solutions to the problems.  He oversees our 6 health centers, but doesn’t live or gabbie talking to community9work at gabbie doing maintenancethem regularly, so when he has a chance to visit them, he maximizes his time, doing all that he can.

He tries to get to the Health Centers once a year, but it doesn’t always happen, most often due to budget constraints.  It is pretty expensive just to get to all the Health Centers, which are scattered throughout PNG, many in very remote areas, only accessed via MAF plane.  It is even more expensive to send in supplies to these facilities to keep them stocked or help to repair things when they are broken.  Despite the budgetary constraints, he makes it work.  We have 6 health centers which are up and running and seeing many many patients each day, serving those who otherwise would have no access to healthcare.  We also have 4 more health centers in the works, trying to get them registered and funded and established to continue to help patients be cared for, and the gospel of Christ to go out.

If you would like to learn more about RHS, and the work that they do, you can go here.

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Strengthening the missionaries in Sangapi – a blog by Dr. Erin

The plane’s engine could be heard in the distance, as it circled above making it’s way down to the airstrip to land, the staff rush out to the airstrip to meet those getting off the plane.  For weeks they knew a doctor was coming, they had told the surrounding me with HC staffvillages and communities when to come to see the doctor, and now she (me) was here.

Imagine being a nurse in a remote part of PNG which is either a 30 minute airplane flight or a 2 day walk to Mt. Hagen, the 3rd biggest city in PNG and the closest hospital with doctors.  Imagine seeing patients with severe pneumonia, bad lacerations involving tendons and bones,  fractured bones, moms with complications in delivery, abdominal masses and TB, and all without a doctor, a lab, a way to do an Xray or Ultrasound.  This is the everyday life for Naomi, Gibson and Nuvi, our 3 health workers, and Nathan and Captain, our 2 laborers, at Sangapi Health Center in Madang Province in PNG

Everyday, Naomi (a nursing officer), Gibson and Nuvi (community gibson giving out medicineshealth workers, husband and wife) wake up and serve the patients in this remote part of PNG the best they can with the skills, knowledge, training, and supplies they have.  For most all the patients who come, their training is sufficient to care for all their needs, but for some patients, they wish they could do more to help the people they are giving part of their lives to serve.


For one week, I got to work with Naomi, Gibson and Nuvi in Sangapi.  Together we cared for and treated over 200 patients, using those patient encounters as opportunities to train and help show them ways they can do what they are doing even better.   As much as we might like to recreate another Kudjip at one of our health centers, it is much more screening a ptcomplicated that just bringing a doctor out, you need the infrastructure, the lab, the operating room, the ancillary staff, the maintenance guys, etc.  But instead of building another Kudjip, we can strengthen the staff at the NHM Health Centers, to give the best care possible.


We gathered each day for devotions before the patients arrived and then we would have “school.”  We sat down and they asked me questions about patients that had seen, about conditions they were sure how to treat, and about medicines they had that they didn’t know what they were used for.  When their questions were done, we went through the PNG Standard Treatment Books (guide for healthcare workers in PNG) discussing each condition they commonly saw and what they should be looking for or how to best treat the condition.  They looked forward to “school”, and each day they came with more questions, furiously taking notes, trying to absorb all they could in my short time there.

school with HC staffWhen our hour or so of “school” finished, we then had a practical period where we saw patients and used that time to help them in their physical exam skills.  We listened to someone with pneumonia, seeing the child’s retractions, went over a knee exam having them feel the fluid collection and then drain it, we examined patients with back pain, discussing when to consider TB and more.  Each case was not just a patient, but an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills.

As much as I enjoyed my week in the bush of PNG, seeing and experiencing something different from everyday life at Kudjip, the highlight of my time was working with the staff. Seeing their dedication to the community they serve, to the patients, seeing their desire to want to know more to better care for their patients, they inspired me.  They are the real missionaries here, they are the ones who have given up the potential for a nice career in city with good schools, easier access to stores and electricity, but they have chosen to serve the people and God at Sangapi.

waiting pts

Sangapi is, currently, one of six Health Centers (go here to learn more about Rural Health Services) that are a part of Nazarene Health Ministries, but we are in the process of having 4 more.  Please pray for our workers at each of these centers and for the chances they have to continue to learn and train to better care for the patients they serve so far away from everything else.  If you would like to help support Rural Health and the work they do, go here.

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Rural Doctor’s visit is a need to enhancing additional skills and knowledge to rural health staff.

For the 2nd straight year the Bana Rural Health Clinic has had the opportunity to have a Kudjip Nazarene Hospital doctor join them in their work.  Last year it was Dr. Susan Myers and a team that installed solar power, did pastor training and church statistics training.  20161002_135047

This year, Dr. Bill and Marsha McCoy joined the staff at Bana for a week. Bana is a small village in the Sepik, far away from Kudjip and far away from the nearest hospital.   The clinic, with a staff of 3, serves a population of about 15,000, with the nearest hospital over 4 hours away on a very bumpy road.  Buckley and Charity and their son Philip, have been serving at Bana since they graduated from the College of Nursing, 3 years ago.  Rose, is a Community Health Worker, who also serves along side of them.  The three of them serve that community in many ways: seeing the patients who come, giving immunizations, going out on patrols, delivering babies, doing health education and more.  Day in and day out, they are the front lines, they are the ones investing and giving their lives to the people in Bana.


For one week in October, Dr. Bill and Marsha McCoy got to join Buckley, Charity and Rose in their work.  The McCoys weren’t alone, Gabriel and Emelyn Mahisu (Rural Health Services Director), and Bapo (Community Based Health Care Work), DS Yambe and many other supporters of the church came out for this event and for the services held throughout the week.  Bill saw patients each day, treating those that needed a doctor’s care, teaching Buckley and Charity about different diagnosis and management, and reassuring the patients about the treatment they were receiving at the clinic by Buckley, Charity and Rose.

The visit was an encouragement to many, the patients, the Bana staff, the village of Bana, to the church, to Rural Health Services, to the McCoys and more.  Encouraging our staff is one of the reasons why we started sending doctors out to serve with our staff in our rural clinics.  p1000465Other reasons are to provide teaching and training to the clinical staff that will last beyond the doctor’s time there, to give patients a chance to see a doctor that they might never otherwise have the opportunity to see, to connect Kudjip and Rural Health Services more, and to give the doctors a chance to see more of PNG and what lies beyond our station gates.

This was the 4th successful trip, of doctors going out to rural clinics.  The first was Dr. Susan in Bana in 2015, then Dr. Imelda went to Dusin in 2016, then Dr. Andy to Ulamagi clinic in 2016 and now Dr. Bill to Bana.  As we reflect on these trips and get feedback from the doctors, the staff and our Rural Health Services, we continue to look for more opportunities and ways to train our staff and encourage those who work beyond Kudjip Nazarene Hospital’s gates.

Kudjip Nazarene Hospital serves over 60,000 outpatients a year, but there are many more patients that are seeing, hearing and being shown the love of Christ beyond the gates of Kudjip.  Rural Health Services is the avenue in which that happens.  RHS has 6 clinics in remote areas of PNG that are staffed by dedicated Nursing Officers and Community Health Workers who often are the only medical personnel in their small communities.  p1000528These clinics handle the routine and emergent medical care that comes up from delivering babies to treating hypertension, coughs, colds, doing suturing and more.  These workers have moved away from their homes and families and are being missionaries in the remote parts of PNG and lives are being impacted for eternity as a result.

Please pray for our Rural Health facilities and our staff caring for the patients at those very remote places.   The government decreased funding in 2016 by 40% to all Christian Health Services.  This cut has been devastating to RHS. Unlike hospitals, like Kudjip, where patient fees can be increased to help make up the government deficiencies, the rural clinics can’t do that.  Transporting medicines into the facility, transporting patients out who need medevaced, transporting the staff in and out for training or vacation are all very costly, and in years of funding deficits, even harder to do.

Tough decisions are in the process of being made regarding the staff and the clinics as we determine if we have to lay off staff until we get more money or even if we have to close a facility.  None of these are good solutions, but are what we are facing in our financial crisis.  Would you pray for us and even consider helping to support us during this difficult financial crisis? We don’t know what the budget will look like for 2017, but we know these clinics won’t survive if they don’t get more funds for next year.  Would you consider helping?  Would you consider praying about how you might be able to partner with us in serving those who need care in the rural parts of PNG?   If you are interested in helping these clinics continue to run, you can go here to give support. To find out more about RHS, don’t hesitate to contact Gabriel Mahisu, the RHS director at gmahisu@yahoo.com.

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UPDATE: Second Solar Project and CBHC Training

20150923_084333Thank you all who have given to make this dream come true. The second part of the project has gone really well. We appreciate all your prayers and support towards making the second solar project installation a success.

On the 19th of September we were able to bring the team of 5 missionaries including Tim and Karla Deuel, Jeff and Dr. Susan Myers and their son Ethan.  They came with 3 national leaders: Gabriel, Director of Rural Health, and Mathew and Bapo of Community Based Health Care.  The team visited Bana Nazarene Clinic located in the mountain range of Drekikier in the East Sepik province. The trip was  for the solar installation to allow starting an immunization program, for Dr. Susan to help with clinical screening and treatment, and for Community Based Health Care training and discipleship class for pastors and laypeople.20150920_132516

Involving doctors in rural setting is a rare opportunity for the Rural Health Division of Nazarene Health Ministries. The team’s travel from Kudjip hospital included the 45 minutes drive to Mt. Hagen airport, 50 minutes flight to Wewak, and then a 5 hour drive on the very rough road to Bana Nazarene Health Centre. The team was warmly welcomed by the community with their traditional dancing, that clearly showed the excitement of the community over the changes and development into the area.  20150921_152521

During the week each individual member of the team took on different task at the facility site. Dr Susan was very busy all day with patients coming in from three government districts, who all flooded into the facility to see the doctor because there is no regular doctor available in that area. Before Nazarene Health Ministries took on this facility and upgraded it to a Health Centre, the community used to carry patients on bush stretchers and walk many hours to seek medical help outside of their district.  Now we have 3 nurses stationed at Bana: Buckley, Charity,  and Rose and it has become a very busy medical service providing for the needs of the community.  It is the nearest medical care for about 15,000 people in the area.  For this special week another government nurse, Micah joined in to help our three nurses with screening and treatment as even more people flooded in for a chance to see a doctor. There were 853 patients screened, examined and treated during the week.

DSCF0721Tim Duel and Ethan Myers worked really hard getting the solar system installed and finally we’re able to use the power and lights in the night service. The solar system installed is a tremendous help to power the vaccine fridge for all of the children in the area who have not been immunized over the years. These children will directly benefit from the vaccines refrigerated from the solar power.

20150923_084735Jeff Myers and Karla Deuel did a tremendous job in teaching all our pastors including lay people during the day and conducted fellowship and Jesus film at night. Reports from participants were really encouraging by these practical teachings.

Mathew and Bapo spent the week on CBHC awareness and training. It was a first contact made with all 8 ward councilors including their ward committees and many other community leaders who came to the training. Mathew and Bapo began introductory training and will do more complete training in November.  All of the councilors pledged their support of the program and are eager to help bring real change in their communities.

God is in control, we had sensed His love and compassion in this trip. For me (Gabriel), as RHS Director, accompanying the team was very special and inspiring, but was also very eye-opening for the challenges that lay ahead. There are challenges of infrastructure developments, equipment, and more staff needed to care for the sick and needy in the area. We praise the Lord that the trip was fruitful, God has opened doors for the lost to see and receive Christ, and we continue to pray for the transformation in the lives of 15,000 people in that area!

Thinking through all these there came a song that reminded me of that special event; “ There’s a river of life flowing out of me, makes the lame to walk and the blind to see, open prison doors, sets the captives free.  There’s a river of live flowing out from me.”  It also made me think of the heart of the Rural Health Services – having compassion and reaching out to rural areas to impact all aspects of human life. Matt 11:5 “The blind received sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”

If you wish to support the work of Rural Health in continuing and extending this work please give your donation to “Rural Health Greatest need“.  We appreciate the prayers and support of so many who make this work possible.


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UPDATE: Solar Project and CBHC Training

Thank you for all who have given to this project so far.  If you haven’t gotten involved we do still need your help and you can see this project here.

The first part of this project has gone well.  We appreciate people who have been praying for us.  The Dusin area from planefirst part of the project was to have our visiting missionary friend, Bill Wright (who is an Electrical Engineer who has helped Kudjip many times before) come and install the first solar system in Dusin.  He took along with him, Nazarene Missionary Tim Deuel, who himself is an electrical linesman. Tim has done a lot of work on the mission house at Dusin and will be able to help make future adjustments or repairs to the system at the new clinic.

It was difficult to get flights to Dusin.  MAF (Mission IMG_3965 rAviation Fellowship) is very busy trying to help missions like ours reach remote areas.  It is even more complicated because of the small airstrip at Dusin, which is easily covered by clouds in the mountains, and the heavy load of the solar panel, batteries, and inverters.  We praise the Lord for working out the charters at the last minute and for good weather to get the entire team in and out safely.


Traditional hut and kids DusinThe solar panels are now installed.  This will run lights and a vaccine refrigerator with room to grow.  This will provide immunizations for the first time reliably in this area and tells people that the church cares about them.  It will also extend some other clinical services to this remote area.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIssach, a nursing officer with CBHC was also able to go and hold a three day training with pastors and others in the area who have already begun CBHC training.  These people would have come from several hours walk in the mountains to be able to come and learn this knowledge (for more on how this works CBHC post: 6 accept Christ).

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