We are preparing to return to Hopital Baptiste Biblique in southern Togo!
Many of you will not be surprised by this statement. You either already knew because we told you - or you just knew that we'd be going back.
We are hoping that all of the details fall into place as God directs them, so that we can be heading to the village of Tsiko (if you remember way, way back - it's pronounced Chee-ko) for September and the start of the school year for the kids on the hospital compound. We hope to be able to stay for about 18 months or so this time, Lord willing.
|Building new kitchen cupboards after |
termites ate the last ones
|Working on a newborn|
|Catching a baby during a C-section|
We will fill similar roles as on our previous trips, knowing some flexibility is going to be needed:
Christine will be providing in-hospital care to patients, training to the Togolese staff, teaching modules in the nursing school in the north, as well as taking on guest house responsibilities. She's looking forward to continuing old relationships with both the missionaries and Togolese friends there, as well as beginning new ones.
|Medical staff praying with a patient|
Derek will be working on construction & maintenance in and around the hospital, the houses on the compound, the infrastructure of the compound, as well as missionary and hospital vehicles. Since many of the same men will be working alongside him, he's ready to jump back in and give a hand to encourage and mentor them as they work together.
|Sunset up in the hills behind the hospital |
during the dusty, dry season
With a September departure just a few pages away on the calendar, there are many loose ends to tidy up and details to still sort out. We anticipate seeing who God brings our way to rent our home while we are gone. This always appears like a big hurdle to us, but God's bigger than this little thing.
We will need to sell our truck. It's a black 2018 Ford F-150 (low kilometres - thanks to Covid lockdowns). If you want to know more, contact us at the email at the bottom of this post. We'll need it for a few more months but want to get this out for all to see.
We will need to get the next year and a bit of schooling for the boys figured out so we can order books and curriculum, plan courses that aren't offered in the MK school on the compound, and have everything in place to go with us.
It's going to take financial support to get us there and keep us there. If you are interested in supporting us monthly or with a one-time donation, you can poke the Want To Donate tab on the side of the screen. (If you're viewing on your phone you might have to click to view web version.) Select us - Penny, Derek & Christine - from the list and fill out the rest of the form. Without partners like so many of you, we would never be able to go and serve in this way. You really are a big part of the team. Thanks so much for joining with us!
|A curious (and curious looking) goat|