Chapter 1, part 2
Once the team arrived in Kumasi they stayed in a compound that shares a large campus with the Ghana Bible College, the Bomso Church of Christ, and the Christian school. Housing for clinic workers is located in a compound that also contains Dr. Samuel Obeng’s home and office. The houses provide the modern conveniences of electricity, plumbing, laundry machines, and a nightly security guard. Although this was a survey visit, everyone found a place to work in the clinic. These are Mama’s impressions.
Everyone felt free to express their ideas. I liked Dr. Obong being a part of these meetings and also involved in the activities on clinic days. The meeting demonstrated a spirit of cooperation solving problems under the gentle leadership of Bob. Follow this link to some great pictures of all the facilities in Kumasi as well as Samuel’s work.
I felt completely lost on the first clinic day –new charts, new medicines, charges to figure, labs to order. So I guess I jumped into the deep end of the pool, god paddled to the shallow end, barely keeping my nose above water.
One patient, Comfort, singing “I Know He Lives”. Francis, the evangelist who teaches patients as they wait to see a nurse, prayed for her — that God give her courage, strength, and patience to endure her suffering. A beautiful moving experience demonstrating these people’s dependence and trust in God’s care.
Mobile clinics were organized to take medical services to remote villages outside the city (in the bush). Villagers had little access to even basic medicines such as Tylenol. Treatment for serious illness involved walking to a main road and hoping some kind of transport would pass by to provide a ride into the city. Conditions for the clinic team were primitive once they arrived. Some trips required overnight stay, but this first experience for Mama was only one day.
Twenty two workers loaded into three vehicles at 7 AM and drove two hours on paved and gravel roads. When we arrived the crowd had gathered and preparations had been made for us– even a palm leaf powder room!
Four nurses’ stations were set up and we saw 246 patients that day. Bob said it was a record! A record to not be broken as far as the nurses were concerned. It was a hot and grueling day, but I felt I had passed a final exam. Anything after that should be a breeze.
We arrived back at the compound at 6:30 PM and a hot meal was waiting. No long talks with teammates that night. Everyone was anxious for a shower and a bed.
The work of the Bomso church in Kumasi is quite remarkable. Please explore the website link from above.
Today I’m thankful and counting joys found in Kumasi:
- Dr. Samuel Obeng, his leadership and vision to begin this amazing work
- native clinic workers who minister to the needs of so many patients
- Clinic staff from the US and Canada, past and present, who sacrificed their comfortable lives to be the hands and feet of Jesus
- the work of International Health Care Foundation: African Christian Hospitals (IHCF), their vision, organization, and development of health facilities around the world