If your child had a burst appendix in the middle of the night, what would you do? If you live in the United States, you would probably drive a short distance to a hospital, where emergency surgery could be accomplished within a few hours. But if you lived in Chad, Africa, you may find yourself helplessly watching your child die, because the surgical care she needs is unavailable.
A 2015 Lancet report found that 90 percent of people in developing countries do not have access to affordable and safe surgical care. In developing countries like Chad, 17 million people died in 2010 alone because they lacked access to surgical services.
Partnered with regional medical caregivers and ministry leaders, Encompass is dedicated to building a surgical facility that provides essential medical care and a compassionate platform through which the gospel will be shared. The center will be built in Roro, a large market town in a remote location. The closest hospital is a 40-mile drive over roads that become impassable during the rainy season, and many people die as they wait for transport.
The Roro Surgical Center will provide life-saving surgical care, but most importantly, its staff will boldly proclaim the gospel in a Muslim region that is considered one of the least reached in the world.
Jesus devoted much of his life to healing people and nourishing their souls. The Roro Surgical Center will be a beautiful expression of this legacy and will become a beacon of life in Chad for years to come.*
A portion of the Greatest Gift Christmas Offering this year is going toward medical supplies for the Roro Surgical Center in Chad. Your generosity will be purchasing medical equipment and supplies including:
- 5 Tables for C-Sections
- 16 Beds
- 2 Wheelchairs
- 2 Exam Tables
The Greatest Gift Christmas Offering is a chance to give a little extra joy and hope this season above and beyond your normal giving. Would you consider a donation to help support the Roro Surgical Center?
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* This excerpt is from Encompass World Partners about the Roro Surgical Center.