The GFF Board met on Sunday, November 2, 2014,
at 6:00 p.m. at the office of Lee Jennings.
Present were Paul and Cindy Shumpert, George
Faile, Lee Jennings, Dewey and Bobbie Dunn,
Laurie Douglas, Willie Ree Howell, David Kearns,
and Martha Cates. Paul opened the meeting with
Cindy reported on her recent trip, which
included the ceremony to turn over Baptist
Medical Center (BMC) from the IMB to the Ghana
Baptist Convention (GBC.) She had a meeting with
several representatives from the organizations,
including Nayiri who is the Paramount Chief of
the area. Bart Gibbs was the representative from
the IMB. While there was much discussion, there
were no real decisions made about the role of
the GFF. Later, in a meeting with Edward
(Hospital Administrator) Edward said
emphatically that he wanted the GFF to remain
involved with the hospital. According to him, we
are to manage Houses 2,3,5,6, 7, 8, and 13.
Houses 7 and 8 need much work.
Cindy and Paul have been in contact with
Cindy Wilkes, who is with Global Health
Administration Partners. This is an organization
that sends 2 CPAs to a non-profit to help set up
administration, finances, records, etc. They do
audits, but the service is much more than just
that. The Board feels that we need a better
handle on finances, especially the money that we
send. Edward said that he liked this idea. GFF
would pay for the expenses of travel and room
and board of the persons sent. GHAP requires an
invitation from all involved parties in order to
send someone. We will write our invitation, and
Cindy will email Edward, asking for his from BMC
and for him to request one from GBC.
There was talk of extra money for Dr.
Victoria, who is at BMC now. She is a Christian,
and her husband is a pastor. We decided to wait
on a decision about this. Isabella Baba is
graduating from medical school and is to have
her housemanship is Tamale. She still says that
she is planning to return to BMC after her 2
years are finished.
Cindy mentioned the need for more beds for
children during the malaria season. It was
decided to order 5 more beds, which are made in
Tamale, for about $200 apiece.
We continue to send money each month for the
Nutrition Center and for fuel for generators. We
will continue to have a Housing Coordinator
there. Currently, Francis Ackom is the
coordinator; he is living in House 1A. He has
provided a report of all expenditures and income
for the past month.
Volunteers continue to cancel trips because
of the Ebola situation. There are no cases in
Ghana, but the reaction at home in the U.S. is
creating a problem. The 2 young doctors from
Rome who went with Cindy have been suspended
from their practice, with pay, for 21 days.
The lease for the guest house in Accra, which
has been supplied by the IMB, is up next year.
There is a probability that it will not be
renewed. Cindy heard of some other guest houses
available, such as one provided by Independent
While Heidi Hahn is in language school, her
husband William is updating the BMC website.
There is a link on it to our website.
There being no further business,
we were adjourned with prayer by Bobbie Dunn.