Below is an update from Craig Hanscome, the Administrator at the Hospital for Women and Children in Mali.
Greetings from quiet peaceful Koutiala where life is not always easy but we are thankful to be here. There are currently 10 of us back for the hospital. One challenge is that the power is cut in town for about 12 hours each day, which is a bit hard since this is the hot season and life in 90-100 degree weather without even a fan is not always pretty. Fortunately the power has not been cut as often at the hospital and even when it is we have a back-up generator. Our nursing staff is stretched right now as we have 5 western nurses, two who will go on home assignment from May to July, then two more go from September to December, so please pray for them.
Politically things have settled down into a sort of power struggle with the existing political class and the group that staged the coup. Those groups have been assigned the job of restoring democracy to Mali through an interim government. So far we have a new temporary president with a prime minister who worked with NASA in the past that are trying to put something together. But the captain who lead the coup is still involved and there are maneuvers for power going on all the time. There are negotiations going on with the rebels in the north and also some small signs of divisions and infighting among those rebels and the African regional bodies are also talking about military intervention. So all in all we have kind of a status quo with a partially functioning government that is able to maintain only the most basic services. It could blow up at any time or go forward towards stability. We are waiting and working while we can.
We have one huge prayer need to place before you all. It concerns Dr. John, an OBGYN and fertility specialist who in his 50’s felt led to sell his practice and their dream home and go to France to learn French and then move to Mali and work at the hospital. He was recently placed in charge of the Maternity side of the hospital and has been working on a program to let us train OBGYN’s with a USA degree. His wife Carol has been starting our dental department. They are key players at the hospital, but last month while on a short home assignment John found that he has brain cancer. He had the tumor removed and the diagnosis is that apart from a touch of God on his body he may have only 1-2 years to live. Would you please pray with us for a touch on his Body? Thank you!