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You can be involved in medical mission every day! Ongoing support, or even a one-time gift, provides the resources for these mission workers to continue day-by-day with the international health and development work for which they have been called by God and commissioned by Presbyterian Church (USA). While some enjoy a broad base of support from individuals and churches, others need additional support to complete their funding requirements. Your financial support and prayers will encourage and strengthen them to continue their work in God’s healing mission.
Les and Cindy Morgan
Les and Cindy, both medical doctors, have served as missionaries in Bangladesh since 1989. Living in Dhaka, they advise and train workers for the health programs of the Church of Bangladesh (CoB), including community health programs in five regions of the country, two hospitals, and two nursing schools. They also care for patients in small community clinics in the various CoB program areas. Another aspect of the Morgans’ work is nurturing the spiritual capacity of the CoB, through seminary classes in healing ministry and spiritual retreats for health workers.
Jeff and Christi Boyd
Living in Cameroon, Jeff serves as the regional liaison for Central Africa. He facilitates PC(USA) relationships with partner churches and institutions in Cameroon, DR Congo and Equatorial Guinea. He also provides supports for mission personnel and coordination for MBF projects in the region. Christi is the companionship facilitator for the Joining Hands Network, RELUFA, which focuses on addressing root causes of hunger through advocacy, grassroots community projects and food security programs. The Boyds have been serving in African mission since 1990.
Ruth is a newly appointed mission worker who began service in April 2011 as a development specialist with the Presbyterian Church of Congo (CPC). She engages with the leadership of the CPC helping to further develop programs addressing food security issues, including organizing and implementing training programs. She also works with other ecumenical organizations with similar goals, such as coordination of health and development initiatives.
John and Gwenda Fletcher
John and Gwenda Fletcher serve DR Congo, a country where they previously served. John is a general surgeon working with the Presbyterian Church of Congo (CPC) as a surgical consultant, providing direct patient care as well as training residents, medical students and nursing students. John also works with the Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK) and the CPC to upgrade the surgical capacities of the CPC's rural community hospitals, with IMCK as the supporting institution. Gwenda is an education consultant to the CPC and Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa. She also works with the two education departments to build capacity in infrastructure, teaching skills, administration and community involvement.
Larry and Inge Sthreshley
Larry and Inge have been under appointment as mission co-workers since 1987. Larry is the Congo Director of IMA World Health. Projects include a large gender based violence project, AIDS and malaria programs, working with the government on their health information system, and working with neglected tropical diseases and small agriculture and nutrition programs. Inge assists women’s groups in the areas of agriculture and development. She has written a number of brochures and published a book on agriculture and health education materials.
Gwen and John Haspels
Gwen and John have been serving as mission co-workers since 1974, first in Ethiopia, then in Sudan, and now again in Ethiopia. They work on a multi-phase project at the invitation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) that includes health care, education, development of water systems and road, and evangelism. Gwen is a registered nurse working as clinic supervisor at the Tulegit Clinic.
Michael and Rachel Weller
Michael Weller is the regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, supporting mission workers and facilitating relationships and programs with partners in Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. Rachel has a bachelors degree in nursing and serves as health coordinator for the Bethel Synods of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Primarily she acts as advisor and trainer in the Community Health Evangelism program.
Frank and Nancy Dimmock
Frank and Nancy have served in Africa for over 20 years. Frank serves as the Africa Health Liaison for PC(USA) and commutes throughout the continent, working with our partner churches on issues of HIV/AIDS, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children, responding to the “diseases of poverty,” and helping with administrative issues.
Jo Ella serves as regional liaison for the Caribbean. Part of her work includes supporting and facilitating relationships with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, MBF’s church partner. Jo Ella assists MBF with communication and facilitation on MBF health projects in Haiti.
Suzette serves as a partnership facilitator in Haiti. Suzette assists mission teams that visit Haiti by matching them with Haitian partners, coordinating logistics, arranging study opportunities that explain the context of Haiti, and providing other types of support to enable the teams’ effectiveness. Suzette also assists MBF with communication and facilitation on MBF projects in Haiti.
Mark Hare and Jenny Bent
Mark Hare and Jenny Bent’s ministry with the Haitian people transcends international borders. Living in the Dominican Republic, Jenny helps the Evangelical Dominican Church develop programs to train health care leaders in the bateys, company towns largely populated by Haitian sugarcane workers. Mark works with Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) in Haiti, helping Haitians increase food production and provide adequate nutrition and income for their families.
Dan and Elizabeth Turk
Dan and Elizabeth serve through the development branch of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), within which are departments of health, environment, agriculture, and safe drinking water. Dan is especially involved in reforestation efforts, promoting the planting of fruit and native trees. Elizabeth helps the staff of the FJKM Health Department design and implement a community health program. The program works with rural communities to prevent and treat malaria, measles, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Elizabeth also advises the family planning program and serves on the national AIDS Committee. The concern for AIDS awareness and education is a major focus of FJKM.
Jim and Jodi McGill
Jim and Jodi are longtime mission workers. Jim coordinates the sanitation and clean water work of the Synod of Livingstonia’s three hospitals (Embangweni, Ekwendeni and David Gordon Memorial), the clean water section of the Synod’s Development Department, and the shallow wells work of the Marion Medical Mission. The focus of his work is to ensure sustainability at the community level and to ensure the church is a strong presence in the rural development of Malawi and an effective advocate for its people. As coordinator of primary health care, Jodi works with the hospitals, the congregation-based malaria prevention program, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, support programs in communities and hospitals, and other public health programs. She is also a part-time clinical instructor at Ekwendeni Hospital’s nursing school.
A specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics, Barbara has been a physician at Nkhoma Hospital in central Malawi since 2004. Nkhoma Hospital has been working to improve its maternal and neonatal health for the past few years, trying to combat a maternal death rate hundreds of times more than it is in the developed world.
Martha is a medical officer under appointment to minister with the Synod of Livingstonia. Martha currently serves at Ekwendeni Hospital, but also served for 6 years at Embangweni Hospital. Ekwendeni has a long history of serving the rural population in northern Malawi and border regions of Tanzania and Zambia. Martha continues to make periodic trips to Embangweni to perform upper endoscopy on patients who could benefit from the procedure and cannot travel to Ekwendeni.
Janet, an ordained minister, is a PC(USA) regional AIDS consultant for southern Africa. She works with partner churches in several countries, including Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa, to broaden and deepen their response to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Sharon is a regional health and development consultant with the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS), helping them implement a program of Community Health Evangelism. Working alongside the PCOS, Sharon assists in training local community development committees and supporting them as they initiate and manage efforts aimed at bringing about sustainable change.
Jacob and Aliamma George
The Georges are newly appointed mission workers who will begin service in October 2010 in Malakal in Southern Sudan. Jacob is a pastor and will teach at the Giffen Bible School. Both Jacob and Aliamma, a registered nurse, will be involved in Community Health Evangelism (CHE). CHE is a holistic strategy that incorporates presenting the gospel along with implementing practical steps to improve the overall health of their community. Jacob and Aliamma will help the Sudanese work together on community development projects, such as clean water, sanitation, agriculture, small business development and literacy.
Nancy serves as health coordinator with the Association of Christian Resource Organizations Serving Sudan (ACROSS). She provides advice and support in policy development and compliance, and seeks to build the capacity of ACROSS field staff working with the Health, HIV/AIDS and Household Food Security (HHH) programs. Nancy works to ensure the quality of the programs and foster the development of relationships between church and community leaders, government departments and other NGO’s.
Nancy serves as the regional liaison for East Central Africa, which includes Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. Nancy facilitates support for the programs, institutions and relationships of MBF and the church partners in this region, as well as providing support to PC(USA) mission personnel and helping US churches connect with partner churches.
Mission Workers in Areas of Security Concern
MBF supports 3 mission personnel working in countries where security concerns limit our ability to publicize their names or locations in website materials. Their names have been removed from this document to protect their safety, the continuation of their work and the well-being of national Christians in their countries of service. Information on these mission workers is available by contacting MBF, but cannot be posted on any website. These mission co-workers need our financial and prayer support as they relate to people of other faiths in “full humility, openness, honesty, and respect.”
Future Mission Workers
As new opportunities and positions are presented, funding is needed to cover the term of service before these mission workers before they begin their mission service in the field. Information on new positions is available at: gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/msr.
Where Most Needed
Selecting one mission worker to support can be a daunting task. It is equally difficult to predict where the support will be most needed. Support for missionaries “where most needed” provides the flexibility to apply funds to the mission workers with the greatest salary support need.
“What Does It Cost to Keep A Missionary in the Field?”
Mission workers are appointed to three year terms. Adequate funding needs to be in place before they are placed in the field to ensure completion of their full term.
Full 3 year term costs vary by location, but average around $200,000 for a single and as much as $400,000 for a family. You can help insure continued service by committing toward the support of a full three-year term for one of these mission workers.
Any funds received that are not needed for the named missionary for the current year will be used either for their support in subsequent years or for another medical missionary supported by MBF.
Contact MBF for more information on how to support these health-related mission personnel.