Monday, February 28, 2005

The Grainger's in Africa

Our ministry is to help the Navigator leadership in Africa reach and disciple the lost. We are in the final stages of building the income generating apartments we started in the Ivory Coast before we were evacuated. The income generated from these apartments will help national staff continue reaching the lost in other cities and surrounding countries for Christ.

Thanks to your partnership we are $6,000 away from having all the funds needed to complete construction. I will be traveling to the Ivory Coast on March 15th for three weeks to oversee the finish work.

I will also be traveling to Burkina Faso on this trip. We have been asked to be involved in the set up of a medical clinic, The Navigators are building in Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world and this is reflected in the healthcare services available to the general population. Recent statistics indicate that there are 30,000 people per physician, and a per capita health care spending of
$27 U.S. Due to poverty and lack of adequate healthcare, Burkina Faso has a life expectancies of 44 years, one of the lowest in the world. Drought and population pressures have caused rapid migration from rural areas to Ouagadougou, the nation’s capital, where existing medical services are overwhelmed.
The overall goal of this Medical Clinic is to provide medical, spiritual, and educational services to the general population of Burkina Faso, who otherwise would not have access to adequate medical treatment. The focus of the clinic will be on the primary health care needs of pregnant women and children, with the objective of lowering the infant mortality rate (99 deaths per 1,000 births, one of the highest in the world) within our sphere of influence. Classes will also be taught to equip people to take increased hygiene and preventative measures at home and to improve the overall quality of life.

Approximately half of the population of Burkina Faso adheres to the Muslim faith, while another 40 percent practice non-Christian traditional religions. Ten percent of the population is considered Christian, which includes the Catholic and Protestant groups. Given the religious climate, the evangelism and discipleship work done by The Navigators, which focuses on one-on-one discipleship and small group Bible studies, is unique in Burkina Faso. A medical clinic like this one provides a setting in which those with no Biblical or church background can naturally meet Christians who are living out their faith in practical ways and opens incredible doors for the gospel. The Imam of the local village has given us his blessing. The mayor also wants to help and even gave us 1.3 acres of city land where the clinic is now being built.

We deeply appreciate our partnership with Grace church over the past 20 years. If you would like to be a part of this exciting ministry please contact us at the address below.
The Grainger’s


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