Lots of pictures this time: the containers covered; this becomes a maintenance workshop; the new roof; medical check-up of the workers from the International school; the mobile X-ray machine in the truck; ECG for every person, Liesbeth helps; bloodwork done in our own lab!; the new road from the hospital to the main road; tracing the roads on the hospital grounds; meeting to plan the community meetings in the ‘paillotte’; Jiska is baptized; the 4 baptized girls and the youth leaders; Our family at Christmas .
Dear friends and praying partners;
The new year has started well, and we are still enjoying cooler temperatures at night knowing that the steady climb has started. We have 35°C (95F) during the day now already.
We look back at a very special time at Christmas with all the girls home and very special memories together as Jiska was baptized on January 4th. She and 3 other girls at youth group gave a public testimony of their faith, how wonderful!
Liesbeth and Lydia left again, and routine is back. We are thankful for the following events:
– Last week, we examined about 50 guards and cleaners from the International School in the hospital. It’s great we can do all the exams ourselves now. Liesbeth could even help with the hearing tests and ECG’s.
– A second roof is built over the containers, it was financed by the partner organizations that donated the truck for the mobile X-Ray.
– The neighbor from our 2nd piece of land has been so kind to use one of his machines to make a new road from the hospital to the main road, to clear a soccer field as part of a future community center on the second land, and to make the roads on the hospital land! The rent for these machines is very high, we were able to save about 4000 euros for Paam Laafi this way. Praise the Lord!
– We started a committee to plan the activities in the new ‘paillotte’, a meeting place where we want to combine health prevention and evangelism. Ineke is part of the committee and we want to be in touch with the village to see what their needs are. We also hope to make the hospital known to a wider community that way, and attract more patients.
This year, we won’t have the nurse interns from the school in Leuven, Belgium. We’ll have to be creative and find other helpers, especially for the mobile clinics.
The school has cancelled all the internships in West-Africa due to possible Ebola cases. We understand their concern, since they would have been here from early February till half May. Luckily, we still don’t have any reported cases of Ebola in Burkina Faso. Another concern was the political situation, but we are thankful that things look stable still. Unlike our neighboring country Niger, we didn’t have manifestations after the Charlie Hebdo publications. We are thankful for peace and please pray for all the affected fellow believers and missionaries in Niger.
On January 26th, Arjo de Vroome will arrive. He will oversee the building projects again. His wife Adrie will join him part of the time. Thank you to continue to pray for her health, she seems to be doing better now.
Family news: Liesbeth is in Belgium right now, and she is about to move to the Netherlands. She will do a semester program there while finding out if she can start violin studies in a conservatory after the experience she has gained during her 3 semesters in the US. Thanks for your prayers, it’s quite a transition again.
Thank you for all your support!
Lots of greetings from all of us,
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe
Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project
for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71008 for the hospital and code 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!