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MONTHLY UPDATE - December 7, 2009

Dear friends and prayer partners,

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

Know ye, that the Lord is God: it is He that has made us and not we ourselves;

We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His name.

For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting;

And His truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100:1-6

The scripture verse above reminds us that Guinea is one of the lands where a joyful noise unto the Lord should be heard. We testify to that this month! I was able to travel to Guinea November 6 – 19 despite the unstable political situation and travel warnings issued. Thanksgiving and praise to God for all that He is doing at CEH. Below is an overview of my trip:

November 9

Orientation was held for the new medical personnel. Medical and Administrative Staff now number 21 people. Praise Him!

November 11

A medical staff leaders' meeting was held to discuss the final steps necessary to open the Wards. The issues we are facing in medical work were also discussed. I was impressed with the good thought and participation of the whole team. Job, an Ivoirian MIAPE nurse, will begin to train the Guinean nurses on the job, we will gradually expand to night coverage and weekend coverage as we recruit 6 or 7 more Guinean nurses. I was able to gift them with a number of medical texts sent by Dr. Steve Merry and Dad Slater to assist them in their learning and care of patients. All of the doctors were thrilled with these new resources. Praise Him!

November 15

It was a joy to participate in the Dedication to the Lord of the Inpatient Services Wards and Nurses Station. Praise Him!

November 16

Patients were placed for care in the new Wards. Prior to this, five patients and their families had been camping out, sometimes for months, on our porch/waiting room to receive ongoing care. They are now better housed as the colder winter nights come.

I met with the Administrative Committee about the multiple issues they face; including, if there were a severe political situation in the country, what would be our steps to evacuate and still keep the hospital open led by just the Guinean staff. I was impressed with the wisdom and spiritual tone used to face these issues. Plans were set in place though we never hope to use them. We discussed where we would place mobile hospital units to facilitate the work if the Lord continues to open this door, although this project is now on hold. We also discussed the world economic situation and the effect it has on giving to all charitable organizations. We are reminded that God's grace to us has provided for our needs on a monthly basis. We Praise Him!

One major objective of my trip was to encourage the staff and to promote harmony. I believe this was accomplished through lengthy meetings with each of the leaders affirming their contributions and identifying further areas of potential growth. In doing this, we set the precedence for constructive annual evaluations of the entire staff. We Praise Him!

One residual task was to do a cursory inventory of the supplies that we have and to identify some of our needs for further supplies. Two of the nationals were immensely valuable in accomplishing this task which will help our Procurement Committee accomplish their sustaining work for the Hospital. We Praise Him!

I was able to visit six government offices during my trip. Each office gave feedback filled with praise for the work and the services being offered to the Guinean people. Most were aware that we are also serving Sierra Leone and Senegal patients who have heard of the reputation for conscientious compassionate care in Christ's name. Praise Him!

The hospital evangelism programs are faithfully proclaiming the truths of Christ in this land where so few have ever heard this good news. We will consult over 7000 new patients this year with more than 7000 returning for follow-up consultations. Several of the patients who come to the hospital for care for their chronic wounds have expressed interest in the spiritual lessons they are hearing. Two have begun to attend the MIAPE cell group/church though they have not yet made a profession of faith. Bold outreaches outside of the hospital have been initiated and a new one is being planned in the village of M-15. Pray for the spiritual fruit that is anticipated from all of this. Praise Him!

All of this is the work of God! We are the sheep of His pasture, how tenderly He cares for us. It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves. He orchestrates all that He is doing in Guinea and CEH for His own glory; yet, He allows us to serve Him. Yes, His mercy and grace and truth endure forever. Be thankful with us and bless His name!

Your fellow servant,

Dwight E. Slater, MD

Compassion Evangelical Hospital, P.O. Box 870, Southfield, MI 48037