I Was Glad

Posted on: January 04, 2017 Written by
I Was Glad
  Picture Praise Photography by: Debbie Eisenhut        



 I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Psalm 122:1


Mbingo One Baptist Church was started by North American Baptists but now is a fully national-led, thriving church. Frankly, I have not always enjoyed going to church during my time on the field (though I have always gone anyway!) but I do enjoy going to Mbingo One. The pastoral staff provides wonderful Godly teaching from the Word. The church is very active in teaching its members. In fact, I just joined the church and had to do seven lessons on basics of the Christian faith and go over them weekly with a church member. The lessons were very well done. And then I met with an admissions committee who asked me questions for 45 minutes. And then I ‘met the church’ and answered more questions from church members. It was a wonderful cultural experience and good to see how well the church prepares its members and ensures that new members are growing believers. Because of my busy schedule as a surgeon at the hospital I don’t know exactly how I will be able to serve in the church but don’t want to miss the opportunity if one arises. The church also has multiple Bible studies during the week, has a wonderful choir, and is involved in a church plant. It is a joy to be part of the Body of Christ here are Mbingo.

It is still rainy season here in the NW Cameroon highlands so we carry umbrellas everywhere we go. We don’t bring them into the church because they are often dripping wet. So people open them up to allow them to dry a bit while they are inside attending service. (By the way, my umbrella is always there when I come out after service!)


©2017 Thrive.

About the author

I am a general surgeon with SIM currently working at Mbingo Baptist Hospital helping with the surgical residency program. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons at 10 sites on the continent is training Christian surgeons to work in Africa. The spiritual training of the residents is as important as the medical education. I feel privileged to be able to be part of this strategic work. My official posting is at ELWA Hospital in Liberia where I still have a home. However, it is not currently possible for me to do surgery there so I have come to Mbingo. I am praying and waiting on the Lord for clarity as to whether I should stay here long-term or whether He will eventually make it possible for me to return to Liberia.

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