By Don Campion
Sueanne and I are back from another great trip to Egbe, Nigeria with a team of eight, (and coincidentally having celebrated our wedding anniversary for the third year in a row at Egbe!) Each time we go, we are amazed at how God designs our itinerary and assembles the team. We were privileged to have Gregg Bryce, SIM Canada Director; Gregg’s son Stephen; Rick Bradford, SIM Canada Regional Director; along with Tim McAlhaney (moving to Egbe in 2012); Betsie Campion Smith; Jason Lee (businessman); Matt Sosna (Banyan mechanic) and Luke Lichty (nephew). Rick’s presence as a representative of Philpott Memorial Church in Ontario, Canada, which was the church that first sponsored Tommie Titcombe, the first missionary to the Egbe area, spurred much celebration!
It is encouraging to see the medical work and patient care continue while construction and changes are taking place. In the last eight months Egbe Hospital treated 10,400 out patients, 1,100 in patients, performed close to 300 surgeries, delivered 275 babies, performed 11,250 laboratory tests, and, most importantly, the pastors shared the Gospel with 8,175 people.
We arrived to another warm welcome from the community! Mark and Abby’s (the construction managers living at Egbe) parents and sister, Erin, had been at Egbe for a week organizing items from the containers, building cabinetry, helping on the wards, and providing nursing instruction at the hospital. It was great to meet them – even if it meant traveling to Egbe to do so.
Throughout the first week we visited church leaders and schools to introduce our team members and to give brief updates. The team was treated to two special programs honoring the work of missionaries to this area. Experiencing Egbe first-hand was helpful for Rick and Gregg to better share Egbe needs with others in North America.
During our second week I traveled to Jos to meet with government, church and mission executives. Each of these key leaders reiterated their excitement and full support of the Revitalization Project.
The team was put to work fixing small engines, removing dead trees, labeling equipment, servicing vehicles and doing carpentry, prep work, electrical, and demolition in some of the houses. We continue to work with Samaritan’s Purse to find skilled laborer volunteers, and to encourage church groups and other organizations to send manpower to work alongside Mark and Abby. SIM recruiters are also assisting in the search for long-term missionaries called to spend several years at Egbe doing maintenance, construction, administrative or medical work.
Much time was spent taking measurements and reviewing drafting options for the construction of the hospital’s new front entrance and outpatient department and transition plans. We received some great feedback from the resident doctors to incorporate into the draft plans. Detailed measurements were also taken of each house on the compound so we can send needed supplies and materials on the next few shipping containers.
While we were in Egbe, two doctors that had served at Egbe attended the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky as exhibitors in the Egbe Hospital Revitalization Project booth. We were pleased to hear of the interest expressed by several medical candidates and will be following up with each as we continue to look for long-term personnel.
We love to share what’s been accomplished since our last trip and find it exciting to introduce this great project to new people for the first time.
Thanks for your interest!
Don and Sueanne Campion
There was still time to have a little fun hiking the nearby hills and riding bicycles for miles along seldom used roads.
If you know of someone interested in becoming a part of this great project, contact Betsie, our project coordinator.