Join us and people all over the world in a special day of prayer.  PAACS will be holding a day of prayer and fasting on Monday, October 15th.  Over the past few months PAACS donations have been down and a decreased budget has had to be implemented.  We  are joining in prayer to ask God to provide.  If the giving doesn’t increase, we may not be able to accept new residents to our program in 2013.  PAACS Ethiopia is growing and there are other programs around Africa that want to get started, please join us as we pray together.

PAACS has 7 training programs across Africa that do we what do…train African doctors to be surgeons in their countries.  The need for more surgeons in Africa is tremendous; one article states,

“Across Africa, countless people die or become disabled because they cannot obtain necessary surgeries.  It is conservatively estimated that 56 million people in sub-Saharan Africa — over twice the number living with H.I.V./AIDS — need a surgery today.  Some need cesarean sections or hernia repairs, while others require cataract surgery or treatment for physical trauma.”

PAACS is a great response to help the people of Africa gain access to surgery.  PAACS Ethiopia has graduated 5 surgeons in the last 4 years, all of whom are currently serving and working as surgeons in areas of need in Africa.  Their stories are amazing about the countless number of people they help both physically and spiritually.

The Executive Director of PAACS, Dr. Bruce Steffes, says the following about our important day of prayer on Monday,

“The psalmist writes, ‘In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.’ Psalm 5:3

Please join us on Monday, October 15, for a day of prayer for PAACS.   We have had to implement our austerity budget.  We are in the middle of a fund-raising campaign and have instituted a $170,000 matching funds campaign. We are praying that God will honor our efforts to serve Him and that He will provide the money that is needed to keep our program intact.

On Monday morning, all the PAACS residents and faculty will be meeting for prayer and those who can do so, will be fasting.  We believe that He is Jehovah-Jireh – the God who provides and we believe that Peter’s writings are true, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.1 Peter 3:12a.

Please join us in prayer – not only for the finances but for each resident and each faculty member.  Pray for wisdom for those who lead and for God to go before and give us favor in the sight of men and governments.  Pray that we will have a significant impact for Christ.

Serving the Lord for the peoples of Africa,

Bruce Steffes

Executive Director, PAACS”

The PAACS program in Ethiopia is seeing encouraging growth. Our partnership has started with Myungsung Christian Medical Center (MCMC), in Addis Ababa. Our first three residents have begun a year of rotations at MCMC. Dr. Chi Chung and Dr. Jonathan Pollock are guiding the PAACS training in Addis Ababa along with their colleagues at MCMC. We anticipate Dr. David Hardin to begin work as an instructor here at Soddo Christian Hospital early 2013. If God provides, we will graduate five new surgeons in the next four years and then three surgeons per year after that. But all of that will require resources.

We see the timing of this financial crisis with PAACS at a time of expansion of PAACS training in Ethiopia as an opportunity to see God’s provision. Paul is working on an introductory blog post to begin fund raising for the individual program costs of PAACS Ethiopia. He will explain further about the needs and the opportunities. For now, please join us in prayer. If you feel led to give financially for the work of PAACS, please consider two options. Giving can be done through the PAACS website at www.paacs.net. Additionally, funds can be given through our mission agency, Global Outreach (www.globaloutreach.org). If you would like to give through Global, just note that it is for PAACS and and 100% of gifts will be given to PAACS Ethiopia.

Paul and the PAACS residents praying for a patient on morning rounds.

 

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