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Fall 2017 News

Well, time does fly and here we are looking at October! Our time in the States went well, we accomplished what we felt God had for us and we are so thankful for all of the new friends we made and hospitality and love given by so many!

We got back into Gembu on August 5 and it is always such a blessing to be back.  It feels a bit like we have not had a chance to take a breath.  Progress is happening in so many areas God is at work and we are trying to keep up!

During the past weeks we have started our reading and math classes full force and they are going well.  Currently we are working with the TTP Students but starting in October we start working with 4th, 5th & 6th graders that are struggling learning to read. We have our first TTP students working with their craftsmen and are progressing in their trades very well.  In November each of the first students will be given the opportunity at the final exam. Those that pass will graduate on December 1st along with calibration world AIDS Day. 5 new students have passed the entrance exam and they will start their apprenticeships this week. This program has been challenging and we continue to adjust and improve.

The addition to the guest house, the new counseling, eye-clinic area are coming along well and finishing work is being done on the Training Hall and Hospital Building.  We will be moving into the Wards in the new hospital building this month giving us much needed space! It is a busy place around here, sand, bricks, cement, paint, lots of work and workers.

In September we had the privilege of Bill Frisbee being here.  He is with an organization called LeaderSource.  They teach transformational leadership in developing countries and we are excited to have him with us for two weeks.  He did 3 workshops an introductory workshop for staff and a few church leaders, one at the  Seminary and 3 days more detailed for church leaders and staff here at GECHAAN.  In all over 150 people attended these workshops. He and the message he brought was very well received. We are excited to see how God uses this to transform our churches and community here in Gembu. As many of you know there was a split in a local denomination last year. This workshop has spurred a lot of talk about reconciliation and cooperation in outreach and church planting. Another huge prayer request!

Bill left behind several electronic leadership development books that we can print.  This has lead us to start doing research on other books that we could get permission to print and distribute here and it appears that we will be able to get several! This will be a huge benefit as there is very little available here, we just need to figure out the most economical way to accomplish this task.

In October we will be starting a new program for Leadership development. Pray as we begin LDP (Leaders Development Program). We have done events of the last 3 years but as we move forward we will are adding structured weekly meetings. We are starting out by inviting specific staff members and in November open it for any staff that wants to attend. Our ultimate goal is to open it for anyone in the community to attend and offer it several different days during the week to make it accessible to all.

After months of working with the government on the Hospital licensing we were notified that our license is complete and we are fully licensed to operate a hospital in Nigeria!!  The State was VERY happy with what they saw, after the tours of the facility and new buildings, and have agreed to help us in any way that they can.  At the same time that we applied for the license we asked the state to help us with registered nurses as it is difficult to get them to come to a remote area.  They agreed and in September two nurses that are State employees reported to work at GECHAAN!  We need to provide housing for them and a monthly allowance to help with extra expenses that they experience moving here but this will be a tremendous help! We are now in talks with the State about more nurses but currently, our staff housing is full so we need to come up with a solution for housing before we can accommodate more.  Please pray about this as a whole, we are understaffed at the hospital in most areas because of the difficulty in getting quality talent to Gembu.

We continue doing the radio programs, speaking where we are asked to and listening for each step God asks us to take.  We are so excited about the leaders rising up at GECHAAN.  We are so blessed to have staff here that want to serve and grow.
 
In His Service,

Dan & Tina Gibbs
Standing Beside                       
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Dan & Tina Gibbs Missionaries to Nigeria

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Prayer Requests:

LDP (Leader Development Program).

Church reconciliation.

TTP (Technical Traning Program)

Hospital Staffing

Ministry funding.

Book Printing.

Wisdom in all we do.

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STAFF HIGHLIGHT

This Newsletters Staff person highlight is Osaze. He came to us as a Nigerian Youth Corp Member two years ago as an accountant.  He decided he would like to stay after his service time was done and has been a very vital part of the organization here.  Please pray for this young, single man as he moves forward here and takes on many different projects and leadership roles.
 

 

 
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