Volume 2, Number 5
May 2016
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Commit. Trust. Act.
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act." -Psalm 37:5

Upcoming Speaking Opportunites

Thank you for your prayers as we continue to speak with different groups. We are so encouraged as we share. We continue to ask for prayers as we have several more speaking opportunities in May. If you are nearby, we would love to see you. Our schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday May 14 7:15 am - Fairhaven Church - Men’s breakfast (Jeff only) - Centerville, OH
  • Sunday May 15 9:30 & 11:00 am - Hillside Chapel - Missions Emphasis Weekend - Beavercreek, OH
  • Thursday May 19 9:30 am - Fairhaven Church - Great Commission Women (Amy only) - Centerville, OH
  • Sunday May 22 10:45 am - Bethel Community Church - Hamilton, OH

Five Billion People Have No Access to Safe Surgery

In a recent BBC article, the author quotes a study by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery - "Five billion people have no access to safe surgery." Another staggering statistic from the study shows that "a third of all deaths in 2010 (16.9 million) were from conditions which were treatable with surgery. That was more than the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined."

People sometimes ask me, "why are you leaving your career here in the US and going to Africa full-time?" Aside from the primary reason, a call of God to go, I am burdened by the health care situation in sub-Saharan Africa, especially as it relates to surgical services. People are dying of very treatable surgical diseases due to lack of resources and education. Here in the US, if you have belly pain and it is determined you have appendicitis, you undergo a relatively simple and safe surgical procedure with safe anesthesia. In a lot of areas of Africa, people with this very treatable disease die due to lack of resources or qualified surgeons. Even if the procedure is attempted, the patient may die from the anesthesia. This same scenario is played out daily with other surgical and obstetric conditions as well.

While it seems like an overwhelming task to even make a dent in the substandard surgical care in Africa, people are making a difference. One program I work with is the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons - PAACS. The organization trains and disciples African Christian doctors in a Western-equivalent surgical residency program. After training, these qualified surgeons then go to under-served areas to serve as leaders and improve the care in these locations. One of my long term goals is to start an anesthetist training program at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon in a similar style, training and discipling Christian anesthesia personnel to go to under-served areas to be leaders in perioperative safety, improving care and saving lives.

Prayer Requests
  1. Pray we would continue to seek God’s wisdom and strength as we take each step in preparations and transition.

  2. Pray for our children (Sarah (Adam) and Aaron) during this transition time. Pray for their studies as they are still in college and have finals in the next few weeks. Pray for their health and protection. Pray for God’s guidance as they seek out career paths.

  3. Pray for the Thelanders as they prepare to move back to the United States from Bongolo in the next few weeks.

  4. Pray for our French language study, and the process to obtain a French visa.

  5. Pray for our upcoming speaking engagements, that God’s message would be heard.



Jeff and Amy Lane
Serving at Bongolo Hospital with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Partner with us
Now - Sorting, packing, speaking and fundraising
July 2016 - Pre-field orientation and training
September 2016 - French language school
July 2017 - Arrive in Bongolo
If you would like to contribute financially to God's work in Gabon you may give online here. Alternatively, checks can be sent to: The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Office of Donor Accounting, 8595 Explorer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 with "Jeff and Amy Lane" in the memo line.

Copyright © 2016 Jeff and Amy Lane, All rights reserved.

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