Bringing Hope to West Africa

Beneath the noise, below the din, I hear your voice, it’s whispering
In science and in medicine, “I was a stranger, you took me in.”
Miracle Drug by U2

I wanted to take the opportunity afforded me by the sudden (inexplicable) surge in readership this silly blog is receiving to draw attention to something truly worthwhile.

In the summer of 1998 I had the eye-opening and life-altering experience of living for three months in Guinea, West Africa – one of the world’s most impoverished nations. During that time I stayed with Stephen and Lori Albright, a missionary couple with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. This brave family left behind everything to live among the squalor in an effort to bring the hope of the Gospel to a people in every kind of need. To say the experience left an indelible impression on my heart would be a profound understatement.

Recently the Albrights have relocated from Mamou, the city in which I spent those few months, to another part of the country to take over operations at Hope Clinic.

The goal of Hope Clinic is to “relieve some of the suffering in Southeast Guinea through caring for the underprivileged.” They offer a wide array of medical services to the people of Guinea including medical consultation, dental services, a surgical center, nursing school and community health education. They also work to help cure and prevent cases of malaria, intestinal parasites, tuberculosis and STD’s including HIV and AIDS.

They are also working to be able to offer maternity care in 2009. Currently, the infant mortality rate in Guinea is 88.9 out of every 1,000 births – compared to 6.4 in the United States. The Hope Clinic is working help better the rate of successful births through improved healthcare and education.

I guess what I’m asking is that you would prayerfully consider helping to meet the financial needs of the Albright family and the Hope Clinic. If you’d like to contribute, you can even make a donation online. No matter how small you may think your contribution is, it’s worth infinitely more to those suffering in West Africa.

The Albright’s are truly doing the Lord’s work and serving some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known on this earth. Please consider giving them your help.

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