For a number of years, Teach All Nations has been assisting the community development ministry of James Korha, one of Delron’s former students, in the African nation of Liberia. In addition to pastors’ and leaders’ conferences and distribution of discipleship materials, we have financially assisted with the ongoing project of building a clinic and elementary school in a remote area where the villagers have to travel hours over unpaved roads to get medical treatment and the children have to walk miles along a dangerous path beside a river to attend classes at the nearest school. Our latest project was to fund the purchase of a reliable truck for James and his staff so they can safely make the journey from Monrovia to the project site. However, a sudden turn of events intervened.
Billie, James’ wife, was diagnosed with a brain tumor (a pituitary adenoma) and urgently needed neurosurgery. Unfortunately, no hospital in the country is equipped for this kind of surgery, necessitating that she would have to travel to Kenya for the operation. Although Billie is a medical doctor serving at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa), a Christian-based hospital, her salary is on a third-world standard, which barely covers her living expenses without savings for such emergency expenses. Therefore, the Teach All Nations board voted that the funds for the truck be redirected to cover the cost of the surgery and the additional travel expenses.
Once they had obtained the proper travel documents, James and Billie left on their two-week odyssey to Kenya on July 27. After the flight to Nairobi, they took a four-hour cab ride to the hospital where the surgery was to be performed. Following the successful procedure, Billie had to be under observation for eight days before being allowed to travel back to Nairobi where she and James had to be tested for COVID and wait two more days for the results before being permitted to fly back home on August 9.
We praise God that Billie is showing great signs of recovery – energetic, moving about, eating well, seeing well (only needing glasses to read very small print), and showing no adverse side effects.
We thank the Teach All Nations family for helping to save her life, and we encourage you to help us replenish the fund for the truck so the work at the clinic and school can continue.