From Missionaries

Testimonial – From Drs. Tom & Karen Asher
Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital
Sierra Leone, Africa

Dear Mr. Tom Garber,

We so enjoyed having you (I-TEC Team) come & perform an electrical survey of our mission.  As you know we are totally dependent on generators for electricity at our 120 bed hospital.  The generators are in various states of disrepair, so often they will not start when we need them.  This week we had no diesel fuel in the town of Kamakwie.  The nearest diesel fuel was 3 hours away in Makeni.  Since our vehicle also takes diesel, we couldn’t send anyone for it.  We siphoned off 2 gallons to run the small generator long enough to do two emergency c-sections.  We were able to save both mothers and all three of the babies (one was a set of twins).  However the next morning as we waited for someone to come from Makeni to bring diesel fuel we had another set of twins born vaginally.  One of the babies had trouble breathing.  We bagged the child for over two hours hoping that the fuel would come so we could turn on the oxygen concentrator.  The vehicle had a flat tire and arrived 5 hours later, three hours after the child died.  I can’t guarantee that we would have saved that baby, but without oxygen, there was no chance.

During that same period of time a man came in with a strangulated hernia.  Repairing a hernia is difficult enough with our limited surgical equipment but it is very dangerous without suction (which requires electricity), in the event that the bowel would rupture, spilling bowel contents in the man’s abdomen.  We prayed and made the decision to try to reduce it and wait to do the repair until some fuel could be obtained.  This man was in terrible pain, his bowel was in his scrotum for at least an hour before he arrived by Honda from far out in the bush.  God was merciful and we were able to push the contents up inside his belly and belt it tightly until the fuel came two hours later.  Seriously, this is only one day in the continual struggle to run a full service hospital without adequate electricity.

We have such dedicated staff but the needs for trained medical workers are so great in this country that we fear our lack of power will make us lose some of our skilled workers.  We serve over 600,000 people in this country and many more from nearby Guinea. Today we turned away three patients in clinic that needed surgery.  They don’t have money to get to and to stay in Freetown.  All three were surgeries that we could do here or that could be done by specialists waiting to come, but unable to because we do not have reliable electric and therefore do not have general anesthesia and ventilator care.   We even have two nurse anesthetists that are trained in general anesthesia, we just need the electric.  It is crushing to see them walk away and not be able to help them.

We will continue praying that the I-TEC team will develop a realistic plan for power and the Lord will bring forth donors to help us get it done!
In His service,

Drs. Tom & Karen Asher
Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital
Sierra Leone, Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NAZARENE HOSPITAL
P.0. Box 456, Mt. Hagen, W.H.P. Papua New Guinea 281

 ATT: Tom Garber and Gene Fleweling

RE:  Thank you

05/01/2014

Dear I-TEC friends:

                On behalf of the Nazarene Hospital and Nazarene Health Ministries, I want to extend our deep appreciation for all of your help in rebuilding our entire electrical power grid for the station and helping install and connect our new hydro system.  Our old system, as you have seen, was woefully inadequate for our growing needs and this resulted in additional power outages and countless extra man-hours maintaining a deteriorarting system.

                We didn’t know how we would get all of this done that needed to be done, but we knew God was faithful.  You were part of God’s faithful provision.  God provided the funding through a grant but then multiplied it through you all finding some things donated or cost-effective purchases through your various connections.  More than that the countless hours of donated work by engineers, electricians, and linesmen that we could not have possibly paid at the correct level.  They brought their own tools and contributed to the ministry by making relationships here and training up the local men they worked with.  This was a great example of what some of our foreign aid donors have told us about why they like to parter with us – the way “the church” is able to do so much with so little.  It is a very impressive thing to our international NGO’s and foreign aid friends that experts of this calibre will fly literally half way around the world, donate their vacation time, and work for free.  It is one of the reasons they trust us so much.

                We thank you for partnering with us in this work and also just in joining into the mission family here and the activities and church work we do.  This work isn’t just about providing power – it is a living example of Christ’s body at work.  It is a contribution both directly and indirectly to all the work here of making disciples of all people.  We look forward to continueing to work with you all.  Please pass on our gratitude to all of your team (and let me know if any others made donations of tools, money, or need anything to claim their work time as a contribution towards their taxes).

Sincerely

Dr. Scott Dooley

Hospital Administrator

www.nazpng.org

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Dear Tom Garber and I-TEC Team, Earl Hartwig and Hydro Team, Scott Dooley and Admin Team, Bill Wright and Generator Team,

What a blessing you all have been to us!  What expert, timely, dedicated, skilled, professional, courteous, hard, wonderful labor you have given! What a great joy to have real controlled, adequate, consistent, reliable electrical power. How nice to be able to take a hot shower in the morning instead of a cold one in the OR area. How nice to not have the power go off and on during a difficult life threatening surgery! How sweet to be able to do things that need power in the evenings. I am reminded of what Sir Winston Churchill said about the Royal British Air Force at the end of WWII, “Never before have so few done so much for so many!” You are just like that. Thanks for coming to live and to work among us. Our people see your hard work and it is a joy to them as well as to us to know your commitment in time, energy and expenses to be involved in our ministry to God’s people here. We appreciate your investment in the future of this ministry greatly and are grateful for your work and your witness while here. May the Lord continue to bless, enable, protect, guide, inspire, and anoint your special ministry. You are special folk and have been victorious over many obstacles in the process through God’s help and with your determination. We praise the Lord for many answers to prayer along the way. You have been resilient, shown endurance, exhibited faithfulness in it all. Praise God!

Kathy and Jim Radcliffe along with Lydia and Josiah and the OR Team

 Nazarene Hospital, PNG

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Dear Tom,

My name is Jed Hamoud (aka Brent Hamoud’s dad).  I want to take this moment to thank you and your team for your generous gift to repair the electrical work at Dar El Awlad (DEA).  Your gift is a demonstration of Christ’s LOVE and compassion.  Having grown up at Dar El Awlad, I can testify that the seeds you planted during the time you were there will grow beyond what you or anyone else can imagine.  Thank you for making DEA a much safer place for the children and the staff at DEA.  For that I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you, your wife Linda, Gene and Steph, Keith and Jason.

I hope at some point I will have the privilege to meet you in person.  Until then Thank you so much for your contributions to DEA and Kids Alive as a whole.

In Him,

Jed Hamoud

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A number of years ago through a personal contact we were told about the ministry of I-TEC.  Dar El Awlad has been providing Christian care to at-risk children in Lebanon for more than 65 years, and our site and facilities show that wear-and-tear of the years.  The weaknesses of our electricity system have presented dangers to the children on site, and the lack of financial resources, professional workmanship, and technical know-how have made it difficult to make the necessary improvements.  We contacted I-TEC for help knowing that their services would of great need to us.

Tom and Linda Garber visited Lebanon in November of 2010 to conduct an initial assessment our electrical vulnerabilities and needs.  It took a two and a half years- obviously there is significant demands for their services- but in May of 2013 Tom and an I-TEC team arrived to start the large task of improving our site security and safety.  They wasted no time in getting to work and ticking off the many jobs that needed to be done.  This included (mention a few of the most important jobs accomplished).  Even with their expertise and decades of experiences around the world, they managed to find plenty on our site that puzzled and confused. However, they demonstrated the flexibility and resourcefulness to overcome the challenges and do the job right.

Over the course of their visit, the staff at Dar El Awlad gained valuable information about our electrical situation and insight into ways we can better maintain and develop our capabilities.  The knowledge the I-TEC team imparted may be as valuable as the work they accomplished!

More than just the electrical work completed, the people were a welcomed treat to have around.  All the children and staff at Dar El Awlad greatly enjoyed opening our ministry home to the team and spending two special weeks together. There was no question that the team of Tom and Linda, Gene and Steph, Keith Hunsberger, and Jason Malven, were serving from sincere, humble hearts and that their inspiration is to serve our Savior.  Their presence was a blessing to the ministry community and their commitment to quality workmanship and integrity was of great relief.

Dar El Awlad is committed to providing the best possible care for our children and we are confident that I-TEC has helped us be a better ministry and offer a safer home.  It would have been a considerable challenge to address the many electrical issues on our own. We are grateful for the team members that came to serve and the many supporters who gave to make the trip possible.  It is exciting to hear the way God is using I-TEC and the see the plans that are being developed.  The service and support they provide to missions around the world is of significant value, and Dar El Awlad fortunate to have been a recipient.  May God continue to bless I-TEC and use it to see God glorified and the gospel shared.

God Bless,

Dar El Awlad

Kids Alive International- Lebanon

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Bill and Beth Ryan wrote this report.

The last significant rain Honduras had was back in September (We are in the “dry season”).  Fields are brown, farmers can not plant new crops and cows are dying in the pastures.  The reservoirs in the cities are very low, and water is being rationed.  The river which supplies the pond for the El Sembrador’s hydro-electric plant is also very low, which means there isn’t enough water to run the hydro all day.  Therefore the school must connect to the Honduran power grid which is very expensive and at times supplies voltage as low as 75 volts, well below the normal 120 volts.  Voltage that low destroys everything from electronics to refrigerator compressors.
Last year a couple from North Carolina donated 3 voltage regulators to El Sembrador.  In March Gerard Row and Tommy Duckworth,  two linemen who work with ITEC, came down and helped Bill and Eddy, the electrician Bill works with, install the regulators.  The regulators are now keeping the voltage at proper levels!  This is a huge help to the school.  Thank you  to each one who pitched in to make this project a reality.

Click on the following link to see many photos of this project.

REGULATOR PHOTOS