Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tenwek and the Tar Heel state.....

This week two events take place with significance for accomplishing the task God has given to Mike as Tenwek's long term Medical Director while home in the US. Both happen in North Carolina this week..

First event:
Annual fall Friends of Tenwek (FOT) Board of Directors meeting in Charlotte, NC on October 8th.   This young organization (kicked off in 2009) continues to grow in passion and influence upon the work and vision of Tenwek Mission Hospital. Growing the Tenwek volunteer community stronger in connection to the work and programs at Tenwek has been a major goal of FOT.   We have also been choosing one or two projects each year to get behind with a goal for fund raising to make those projects happen on time.   This year two projects are being promoted by the FOT Board at the request of Tenwek Hospital leadership: 1.  Building a dining room for the recently expanded Tenwek School of Nursing AND 2.  Developing a new site for outpatient care by Tenwek Hospital within the city of Bomet itself.  A small private hospital/clinic facility was offered to Tenwek on the outskirts of Bomet town, just four miles from the hospital, which our hospital management and Board of Governors saw as a great opportunity to help serve the community better and closer to a large population within our county.  The Tenwek outpatient department has been overcrowded for the past few years with no easy solution for long lines and long wait times by patients from every walk of life (600+ visits a day)  The new Bomet Annex has the potential to offer a "FastTrack" clinic which could offload 50 to 100 patients a day, many of whom need more streamlined and efficient outpatient care.  Friends of Tenwek has seen the benefit of helping the Tenwek School of Nursing AND the Tenwek Outpatient Department this year by raising a significant portion of the budget required to make these two projects a reality.  If you are interested in helping FOT with either or both of these projects, go to the Friends of Tenwek website ( to learn how to give electronically or by check. 

Mike, Dr. Steve Manchester (Head of our Outpatient Dept) and Nelson, one of our long serving nurses in our Outpatient Department, standing in front of the new Bomet property that FOT is helping to purchase this year.
Second event:
The annual Prescription for Renewal (PFR) Conference will be held this Thursday to Sunday, Oct 9th through 12th at the Cove,  the Billy Graham Conference Center near Asheville, NC.  Each year hundreds of Christian doctors from all over the US converge on the Cove to learn, be challenged by missionary testimonies, and hear from the Lord about opportunities to volunteer and serve using medicine as a tool for advancing the gospel. This year Dr. Kent Brantley, who became a national hero this summer after contracting and beating the Ebola virus at ELWA Hospital in Liberia, will be sharing his testimony at the conference.   Many past and possible future Tenwek volunteers attend this conference so it is a wonderful opportunity to network, encourage, invite, and recruit for needy departments in the next few years.   Please pray with us that Mike will have many opportunities to talk with specialists in areas of greatest need including ObGyn, anesthesia,  eye care,  dental, pediatrics, and others. There is NO question that Tenwek Hospital has become the ministry it is today with the partnership and support of World Medical Mission/Samaritan's Purse under the leadership of Mr. Franklin Graham. If you would like to attend PFR, check out the World Medical Mission website for info on how to register.
Would you pray with us for:
1. Spirit directed meeting of the Friends of Tenwek Board on Wednesday at Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.
2. Safe travel to Charlotte, Asheville, and home on Sunday
3. Divine appointments with doctors and their spouses who are searching for an opportunity to fill a need at Tenwek or one of many other World Medical Mission supported mission hospitals around the globe.
4.  Ongoing challenges in construction at Tenwek of two buildings:  the new Eye and Dental Care Center which started in April, and a new medical trainee housing building that broke ground a couple of months ago and is desperately needed for completion in January due to incoming trainees for growing training programs.
5.   Some decisions that our son Steven is working through for his own future. 
Mike and Pam Chupp

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