The hospital administrator is named Pastor Serge. He is a from Gabon and serves with the Gabonese Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is a wonderful man with a wonderful wife and beautiful children. They live here at Bongolo and serve the hospital in many ways.
There is a running joke around here that whenever there is a problem or something needs solved and you go to Pastor Serge, he invariably states "I know a guy..." He knew a guy that helped get the transformer here quickly. It is something to laugh at but in reality, he usually does "know a guy" or at least "knows a guy who knows a guy". You see, Pastor Serge has many connections throughout the country and it has served this hospital well. These connections are not the corrupt political system you sometimes hear about in Africa. Rather, these connections result from a man of integrity and honesty who has built the relationships over the years. It shows in his day-to-day work here at the hospital.
Most of all, he is a man of God, unashamed and confident in his relationship with Jesus. While Serge is a valuable man to have here at Bongolo because he almost always "knows the guy" when something needs solved, he would be the first to tell you the most important "guy he knows" is Jesus and he knows him well. Do you know Him?
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." -Jesus
So it seems one of the lessons God is going to teach this trip is to rely on Him for provision. He will provide strength, wisdom, endurance, power (literally), and whatever else is needed. He is the Jehovah Jireh--literally The Lord will provide.
God has shown His provision already in the unbelievable 4-day turnaround of a new transformer here at the hospital. The new transformer comes at great expense ($175,000) and the hospital had to dig deep into reserves. But, just today I have learned of a very large donation of almost one-third of the cost.
Another example of how God provides.
Personally, I will be relying on His provision of wisdom over the next few days. We have many cases that will be challenging in this setting including an 18-month old boy who needs major surgery (congenital diaphragmatic hernia for those interested). It will be a challenge for him to survive the surgery and recovery period. I use the word challenge in a human sense as nothing is a challenge for our God. Please pray for the surgical/anesthesia/nursing team on Thursday morning. Pray for this boy and his family. Pray for another miracle of God's provision.
John 1:16 - "For from His fullness we have all received..."