The board of the GFF met at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August
29, 2016, at the office of Lee Jennings. Present were Dr. Sylvia
Washington, Dr. David Kearns, Drs. Cindy and Paul Shumpert, Dr. George
Faile, Lee Jennings, Jarratt Bryan, Martha Cates, and Laurie Douglas.
Cindy opened the meeting with prayer.
Tim Cahill is back
at BMC and may stay a while. Heidi Hahn is still working. There are now
5 Ghanaian doctors working; Jim Howard reports that they are doing well.
It was decided to send $2000 a month to provide a supplement to the
government wages paid to them. Cindy will ask Dr. Victoria to make sure
the funds are distributed equally. We still need more details of the
accounting for the funds given to BMC by the Foundation.
Francis Ackom, Volunteer Coordinator at BMC, bought a
truck for transporting volunteers and for use for the charity cases. He
sold the old van.
In discussions about housing, Francis
is suggesting that we perhaps upgrade House 6 for volunteers. The number
of volunteers is decreasing, so there is not as much need for housing.
Houses 7 & 8, which had been scheduled for repairs, are in such bad
shape that they may have to be torn down and a new facility built. David
suggested that we match funds, with BMC providing an equal amount.
Francis can handle the money. Unfortunately, some items need to be
shipped in to Ghana. Locally available materials are not always made up
to standards. This increases the cost.
Jim Howard, an ER
doctor who goes to Ghana once or twice a year, wants to send another
container. He is asking that we pay for sending it. We will need a cost
estimate for that. He says that bandages are needed. The board thought
that there were enough there for another year or two, but we will ask
churches to make up some more.
William Casey, from Global
Health Administration Partners, sent Rev. Ernest a letter, but has not
had a response from him. The proposed trip to Cameroon to learn from a
system set up by GHAP is on hold.
A boarding high school
in Nalerigu wants help in setting up an infirmary. In the past the
hospital has been involved to some extent. It was decided that it might
be a good gesture to the community to help with equipment, but it should
not be an ongoing expense.
Francis suggested that the
charity work could be extended to other hospitals. This can be
Cindy and Paul will attend the Global
Missions Conference. Among other interests there, they will try to learn
more about a clinic, Changing Lives Together, that has been started by a
Ghanaian who now lives in the U.S.
situation in the new maternity wing has not been resolved yet. The
wiring is not working, so any electrical items or lights do not work. If
Brad Prater, who has been before, can go to work on wiring, the
Foundation will pay his way.
There being no further
business, the meeting was adjourned.