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Banyan teammate just spent 30 days at Egbe fixing anything that
has an engine.

If you had an accident, fell from a palm tree while harvesting coconuts, contracted malaria or were bit by a snake, what does one do if the closest hospital is 3 hours away over horrible roads full of washouts and potholes? The answer to that question is what inspired Banyan’s president, Don Campion and his wife Sueanne to jump into action in the rebuilding of Egbe Hospital located in the bush in Nigeria.


The main hospital building is going up quick



As the Revitalization Project Leader, Don is working along-side SIM, Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Mission for the 3rd year constructing new hospital buildings, updating the house for medical staff, building a water reservoir and purification system for the hospital, shipping medical equipment and recruiting doctors, nurses, maintenance and construction personal to live and work at the hospital.

There are several American families living there, numerous volunteers that have come from the USA and Canada.  Don and Sueanne join them 3 times a year with groups that always include a Banyan teammate. On the hospital compound they are manufacturing cement blocks, building our furniture and fabricating roof trusses as they rebuild the compound. To learn more about this great project:

Egbe deconstructionFor the 3rd time in 2012, President Don Campion and his wife Sueanne returned to Egbe with a team to work on a humanitarian project where they are revitalizing a rural hospital in Nigeria. Each time Don goes he takes a Banyan teammate, a friend or colleague from the aviation industry and medical and construction personal to introduce them to Africa and the opportunity of bringing Hope and Healing to thousands for years to come when the hospital is complete.

The local community is very involved as we remove a construct buildings, build a water reservoir and filtration system, manufacture cement blocks and rewire the compound. The project is huge by the financial support and donations of labor has been even bigger.

Through partnership with SIM, Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Missions over 125 volunteers have come to assist over the past 12 months.

To learn more about this great project;

By Stephen Bryce
November 2011

When my father informed me of a trip he was planning to Nigeria, I jumped at the opportunity to try to tag along. After very little arm twisting, and a great deal of effort from the people coordinating it, I was on my way.

I went not knowing entirely what to expect. Both of my parents were born in Nigeria to missionaries, and to be able to relate with some of their (and my grandparents’) stories was a high priority. But I also wanted to serve where I could for the little time that I was going to be there.

On arriving in Egbe, the other team members and I were welcomed by an unexpected but extremely warm party of people singing and dancing down the road to the Egbe Hospital where we would be staying. It was then that I accepted that even the few expectations I did have would be nothing like the reality of my experiences.

I spent some of my time in Egbe seeing different locations, meeting with various community and church leaders, and doing odd jobs around the hospital compound that would be helpful.  While I spent most of my time moving hospital beds or fixing door frames, there were a great number of other tasks that needed to be done. (For more on that experience see Matt Sosna’s Egbe Adventure article.) As I went from day to day, not knowing what I would do or who I would meet, I was given time to think about the importance of community in Egbe.

It is a place where life revolves around interacting with others. There are few places that are as inviting as I found the community of Egbe. They wanted to ensure that their guests were well taken care of. In the same way that we, as a team, went to Egbe to invest in a future of care and caring, the community wanted to make sure that we were cared for. The community cared for us in the ways that they knew how. Ranging from the joyful welcoming of our team to the provision of meals, we were cared for. This care is a way of life that often seems to be lacking elsewhere in the world.

It is important for me to think about my time in Egbe and to consider what this means for communities everywhere. To know, however, that there is a place where strong care within community is practiced is exciting. To hope that this care can continue and be maintained is vital. And to have been a part of that care, both in receiving and in giving, is something that I count as a blessing that I will know for the rest of my life.

Don & Sueanne Campion in Egbe, Nigeria

One of our core values at Banyan is for our company to contribute to the communities we serve and beyond. Giving  allows our company to accomplish things far beyond ourselves. Our teammates have chosen two principal charities to support individually and corporately.

4Kids of South Florida is an organization working to solve the foster care crisis by matching modern day orphans with loving families. Our teammates paint and repair foster homes, serve on the board, and assist in fund raising.

The second project is rebuilding a rural hospital in Nigeria to deliver compassion and to bring medical hope to the  suffering who have few choices. Our teammates go there to help rebuild, remodel and reconstruct, and our FBO assists with the purchasing and servicing of tools, equipment and supplies to be shipped by container.

We encourage you and your company to get involved in giving because true long-term accomplishments are those things done now that can make a difference for generations ahead.

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By Matt Sosna

On October 27, 2011 I had the opportunity as the second Banyan teammate to join the journey to Egbe Hospital in Nigeria. Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, I’m sure that airport security raised an eyebrow or two when they realized one of the bags contained a brand new chainsaw in addition to other unrelated items like peanut butter, a timing light and ten laptop computers. During our layover in Frankfurt, we met with the rest of the team. Most of the additions came from Canada and one from Texas. Finally, we boarded the next plane to Abuja, Nigeria. Upon our arrival, it was obvious that our team of eleven “oweebos”, the nickname for white people in Nigeria, stuck out like a sore thumb. I don’t know if it was that, or the fact we had twenty-two fifty pound bags, eleven carry on bags, and eleven personal items, but Nigerian Customs was intent on checking each bag one by one. Fortunately just as they unzipped the first duffel bag, Dominic, the head of immigration in Nigeria and personal friend of Jason (one of the team members), showed up. He instructed the officials to allow us to continue without inspection. After meeting with our driver Enoch, we began the forty minute bus ride to the Baptist Guest House in Abuja.

Matt Sosna at work! The master mechanic!

At work!

The next day, one of the two vans broke down. Luckily this happened in the driveway of the guest house and we were all able to cram into one van. Roughly eight hours of swerving and bumping later, we arrived at the Egbe Hospital compound. We were greeted by what seemed to be every member of the surrounding community in a parade-like fashion. It was also nice to finally meet Mark and Abbey, the resident volunteers. Everyone was so excited to see us and the next few days consisted of nothing but warm welcomes, introductions and celebrations at the local churches.

Once we got to work, my goal was to inventory the equipment, service all of the engines and repair anything within my abilities. One of the main problems with maintaining and repairing anything in Nigeria is the lack of parts. At one point, I had to make a head gasket from a cardboard box. Temporarily repairing a leaky water pipe required strips of motorcycle inner tubes and hose clamps. At Banyan I am used to having plenty of supplies and resources, in Egbe I had to get creative. Understanding and seeing the absence of resources in Nigeria first hand will definitely help me when choosing supplies to load into the containers we send.

My time in Egbe wasn’t all work and no play. The highlight of the trip for me was mountain biking for a couple hours with Mark. It was my first time riding with clipless pedals so it got pretty interesting at times. We also went hiking on a few mountains that border the compound. The landscape and view of the town was beautiful.

When the time came to prepare for our return trip, I felt like I wasn’t finished. Although I was able to get all the broken equipment running, there was so much more to do. My experience at Egbe Hospital was eye opening. It really highlighted the things we take for granted in our day to day life, like good roads, supplies and clean water. The trip definitely had a positive impact on the residents of Egbe and myself. I hope I will have the opportunity to return and continue to help out with this project in the future. Now I understand when Don says a two week trip doesn’t feel like enough time.

By Don Campion

Don and Sueanne Campion

Don and Sueanne 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!

Hospital Women’s Ward

Hospital Women’s Ward

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.

Abby's parents, Jim and Ada Loscheider

Abby's parents, Jim and Ada Loscheider

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.

Rick Bradford brings greetings from Philpott Church

Rick Bradford brings greetings from Philpott Church

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.

Matt Sosna at work! The master mechanic!

Matt Sosna at work! The master mechanic!

Mark and local laborers

Mark and local laborers

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.

“Fresh Air” transportation

“Fresh Air” transportation

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.

Don Campion, Dr. Sam Kunhiyop (ECWA General Secretary), Moses Igunnubole,  Dr. Shaibu, Dr. Lengmang (ECWA Acting  Director of Medical Services)

Don Campion, Dr. Sam Kunhiyop (ECWA General Secretary), Moses Igunnubole, Dr. Shaibu, Dr. Lengmang (ECWA Acting Director of Medical Services)

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
Project Leader

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.

Assop Falls with Rick Bradford, Gregg and  Stephen Bryce

Assop Falls with Rick Bradford, Gregg and Stephen Bryce

In just a few more weeks we hope to have our mobile telephone tower right on the hospital compound

In just a few more weeks we hope to have our mobile telephone tower right on the hospital compound

By Joshua Lichty, nephew of Don Campion

It was a fantastic experience to finally get to the bush of Egbe, Nigeria. I had heard so many stories of the land where my mother’s family had grown up and the influential work my grandparents, Dr. George and Esther Campion, had accomplished.

The ECWA hospital is a keystone in the Egbe community, you learn that as soon as you arrive on the compound. But the state of the compound was somewhat shocking.  I had seen pictures from the past of a top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art facility.

Today, what you now see is outdated equipment, retro style facilities and, most notably, eroded roads. But there was a promising feeling in the air as locals took to mowing the lawns, roofing buildings and the stories about doctors saving lives and babies being born. The compound is being revitalized!

Over the short two weeks I stayed on the Egbe Hospital compound, it was more and more evident that this hospital is on its way to becoming a state-of-the-art hospital once again.

But it is not going to happen without thousands of hours of hard work and focused direction. Although I went to help a hospital and a community on a much needed project, it was the community that gave back to me.

All the experiences with locals from: chapel with the nurses, to meeting key figures involved with the hospital, to interacting with people and children from town, all left a positive impact on me. The respect, love and genuine interest for the hospital and the people that are revitalizing ECWA Hospital is astonishing.

It was a positive experience that I am certain I will do again and would absolutely recommend for anyone.