Posted by: Admin on Mon, Nov 6, 2017
GLOBAL MISSION REPORT on BROWN MEDICAL MISSONARY VISIT- OCTOBER 29, 2017
Sunday, 29 Oct 2017
We were very privileged Dr. Jim and Carolyn Brown visited our Church at their own expense.
They brought their grandson Caleb, who came to Church, to Sunday School, and to the Special Pot-luck lunch. It was a pleasure to welcome him. I gather he had a great time in Honolulu.
We are highly indebted to Jack and Mary-Pat Ashby, who welcomed them as guests for their stay, and Tim Sprowls, who loaned them a car.
Many people helped prepare for their coming, and many others helped with the pot-luck.
The Browns Talked About PAACS
Our Church Services that Sunday were quite full, because it was Reformation Sunday, but Dr. Brown was asked to speak briefly about their leadership in training African Christian surgical residents from many African nations up to inter-national professional standards.
At the pot-luck luncheon afterwards, Both Dr. Jim Brown, who had been a Naval surgeon, and Mrs. Carolyn Brown, a trauma and osteotomy nurse, showed their very impressive video, and gave illustrated accounts of how the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, PAACS, accepted Christian surgical residents from African countries for training, with a commit-ment from each one to return to his or her own country, to provide expert surgical care.
CBTS Had Adopted the Browns Since 2007
We had adopted the Browns since they started as Medical Missionaries at N’Gaoundéré Hospital in Cameroon in 2007, serving patients who often had to walk for days to reach the hospital. Many of their patients had extremely challenging long-neglected complex surgical problems. When the Hospital failed to meet promised improvements in facilities, PAACS moved its training program to MBinga Hospital.
The Browns and Training at PAACS, MBinga
Dr. Brown led the PAACS team at MBinga Hospital in Cameroon, one of its four training centers. Trainees were carefully selected from many well-qualified applicants; their teachers at MBinga included volunteer Surgical Specialists from many parts of the World.
Mrs. Brown taught and supervised operating room nurses, trauma and ostomy nurses.
Together, the Browns also acted as “adoptive parents” for the trainees and their families.
“Unteaching” Traditional Attitudes.
Most trainees came from traditional Medical Schools in various African nations, and had to be “untaught” their focus on relief of symptoms, and were urged to think about what basic disease caused the symptoms; to target the true disease, aiming for cure instead of transient relief.
Heavy Needs for every Surgical Specialty
Whenever a new surgical specialist came to teach at PAACS, the grape-vine rapidly brought many patients with needs in that specialty.
The MBinga Hospital Benevolent Fund
The Browns also set up a benevolent fund to help patients and their families with the modest surgical fees, and other costs, such as food and housing for accompanying families, carefully vetted by local social workers who assessed their true needs. The Hospital was also generous in forgiving some patients’ debts. In 2016, the Calvary Endowment fund gave a modest donation to this fund, but did not do so in 2017.
The work of this missionary couple has expanded tremendously from providing urgent advanced surgical care to patients in a single busy regional hospital to an internationally respected academic medical center, training dozens of highly qualified African surgeons a year. These doctors may potentially become important leaders in Health care in their respect-tive home countries. The Center is also training many skilled nurses and technicians.
The promise is for PAACS to develop and establish a strong advanced medical and health tradition through-out the African Continent.
(Dr.) Ted Hsia, Chairman, Global Missions Team