In November the Dickens family joined us at BMC. Joel is an OB/GYN and they are planning to stay with us for two years. Hollie is home schooling Colt and taking care of Abigail and the rest of the family. Not only is it great to have an extra doctor, but the rest of the family is a welcome addition to the mission family. Please join us in praying for their continued adjustment to life here and pray for Hollie as she is expecting their third in a few months.
Unique Public Health ministry serves rural Ghana
By Emily Peters
In a place where accurate statistics are tough to track, the songs affirm that the public health programs she helped develop at the Baptist Medical Centre in rural Ghana are working.
“You’d hear them singing those songs everywhere,” says Faile, daughter of the doctor who helped found the hospital 50 years ago. “You’d be surprised how quickly those messages spread and become part of the thinking in the community.” Read More
Baptist Medical Centre has impacted Ghana for 50 years
By Emily Peters
NALERIGU, Ghana (BP) — Dr. George Faile III was just 8 years old when he started tagging along as his father treated patients at Ghana’s Baptist Medical Centre 50 years ago.
Young Faile saw countless patients with malaria or snake bites. But instead of seeking professional medical help, many villagers in Nalerigu visited spirit doctors who treated ailments with herbal remedies, libations and skin-cutting rituals.
Today, Faile — who serves as medical superintendent of the hospital his father helped start with the International Mission Board — has seen things change not only medically but spiritually. People are more willing to seek access to modern medicine. Through the years medical missionaries have started more than 70 churches and continue to bring news of the true Healer.
That ministry is why Ghanaians turned out to celebrate the hospital’s 50th anniversary this fall. Villagers from all over northern Ghana converged for a weeklong celebration, which culminated in a grand outdoor event that drew 3,000 people.
“I have seen Baptist medical facilities all over the world,” says IMB Executive Vice President Clyde Meador, who spoke at the event. “I don’t know of another that has served in a more challenging place and yet has made such an impact on the community. I give thanks to God who has made it all possible.”
And that impact runs deep in an area where there’s only one paved road and most people live in mud huts. Read More
As part of this special week of events, some BMC employees visited local schools and gave educational health talks about typhoid. The Mr. Thomas and Mr. Otto visited the Nalerigu Senior High School and the L/A Junior High School and taught the students the causes of typhoid, its consequences, and practical measures to avoid contracting it. The informative talks were followed up with a very productive Q&A session.
This is an exciting week in Nalerigu, Ghana. BMC is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be having activities and festivities all week long. The week’s events will lead up to a huge celebration on Saturday and a special thanks giving service on Sunday. We will be posting photos of the celebration on this blog throughout the week. Celebrate 50 years with us!