Hi all, This is Becca.  I thought I would re-publish a few stories this week.  Recently, I have written several stories for the Soddo blog and PAACS website.  But I realize some of you may not have seen them (You can sign up to receive both newsletters on the websites linked).  Even the post Paul wrote below this was featured on the hospital website and circulated on Facebook throughout the country.  We have heard several reported stories of children who have died, in other regions of the country, because of this toy. Please pray that we can get the word out and eliminate the toy.

The following story comes after 5 years of prayer and fundraising….We have finally finished the PAACS apartment building.  After everything Paul and I have gone through with this building, I’m not sure we will ever build a building or house again.  It was a lot of work…work we are not experts in and work that is tedious.  But God provided the man power, others’ expertise and the money…and it is finished and we are thankful! We are thankful to each of you who have given faithfully and have persevered as we continued to talk about this need year after year! Read below.

 

Move in Day!

After many years of prayer and preparation, the new Soddo PAACS apartment
building has been completed!   The finished building has 7 apartments (1
three-bedroom, 3 two-bedrooms and 3 one-bedroom apartments). These new
apartments will allow the surgical residents to have a reliable source of
power and water. And, since they are on the hospital’s campus, it will
significantly improve their home security, including that of their families.
From an educational standpoint, this will also allow us to improve the
residents’ experience with night call. This will allow senior residents to
take back-up call in the night and gain experience in teaching junior
residents under faculty supervision in the night hours.

We want to extend our deep appreciation to everyone who has given so
graciously to make this happen. We have been encouraged by everyone’s
support and gifts even in the end as we raised money to furnish each
apartment. A big thank you goes to Africa Mission Healthcare Foundation for
their donation that funded over 1/3 of the project costs.

The residents are enjoying living in the same building and often eat
together, sing praise music together and enjoy holidays together since they
are away from their extended families.  Dr. Surafel said, “Living on-campus
together gives us lots of time for fellowship and we eat many meals
together.  It is also easier to see patients more quickly.”

Inside an apartment living area. Thank you for helping provide the furniture to make a comfortable living space for each family!

Inside an apartment living area. Thank you for helping provide the furniture to make a comfortable living space for each family!

Helping Dr. Gezahegn and his family move into their new home.

Helping Dr. Gezahegn and his family move into their new home.

The residents’ kids and missionary kids all enjoying the same playground.

The residents’ kids and missionary kids all enjoying the same playground.

The finished apartments! We are still working on some landscaping, but have hired a gardener and cleaner to keep up with the grounds and inside.

The finished apartments! We are still working on some landscaping, but have hired a gardener and cleaner to keep up with the grounds and inside.

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