Keith R. Brinkman serving with Mercy Ships. This is another way for me to communicate with you all what is happening. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos and entries.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

KRB Update – 1st Projects in Africa

KRB Update #2176 – 1st Projects in Africa

Keith R. Brinkman                                                                                             April 21, 2012

Greetings from Lomé, Togo, West Africa. When the leadership of Mercy Ships felt that we were to come to the continent of Africa, inquiries were made with the nation of Ghana and an invitation was extended in 1990. Though as the Anastasis readied to sail, the invitation was revoked. The crew and staff all gathered to pray and seek God. It was revoked on the basis of false reports about who we are. During this time period of time, I was serving at the home office in Texas. With the closed door in Ghana, God was so faithful and opened the door wide for us in the neighboring nation of Togo. We are now in Togo for our fifth visit of a Mercy Ship.

During that first outreach to the continent of Africa to the nation of Togo in 1990, some of our projects ashore included construction of a school, agriculture and animal husbandry training, water and sanitation projects along with dental and medical clinics in Djegbakodji. During all this time, surgeries were held in the hospital on the Anastasis.

Due to my long friendship with John who led our work in the village of Djegbakodji and his desire to know how they are doing 22 years later, I have been in contact with a Togolese church planter/pastor who knows the people of the village. I visited in 2010 and just recently I was able to visit again.

When Mercy Ships crew came to the village in 1990, there were no known Christians in the entire area. Now there are three vibrant churches. I was very warmly received by the people of the village and able to share in their churches. I brought greetings from John personally and overall from Mercy Ships. As I was driving back to Lomé, my thoughts went to the New Testament (Colossians) related to a letter written for a certain area and how the letter was entrusted to a friend and read in that area (Ephesians 6:21-22). The people of Djegbakodji all expressed their gratefulness to God and with our efforts in their area and it was a great privilege to speak to them.

One of my maxillofacial patients (Florent, 15 years old who had a large tumor removed from his neck) heard I was going and requested to join me along with his father and older brother. That was great as he is a patient who we have cared for this year in our hospital on board.

Prayer Requests: People of Djegbakodji, Togo and for all the people from our former outreaches and field services especially here in West Africa – for their lives – physically and spiritually.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.”

Serving Together, Keith

Mail: Keith R. Brinkman, Mercy Ships, P.O. Box 2020, Lindale, TX 75771 USA

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Degla Discharge Day

Degla Discharge Day by keith.brinkman
Degla Discharge Day, a photo by keith.brinkman on Flickr.

Degla was one of my patients that I be-friended while we was with us in our hospital and at the HOPE Center. On Easter afternoon, he was excited as he was discharged and started his journey home to the nation of Benin.

Ken Fish eyes Seaman's Center

We had lunch at the Seaman's Center and Ken ordered the grilled fish - though he wasn't too certain about the eyes still be in there.

Innocent Glasses at EEPT

Innocent is from Benin and works with our Eye Team - previously as a day worker and now as a full time crew. He calls me Uncle and so I call him Nephew. Great serving together with him.

Easter Kronester Family

Great having the Kronester family back with us especially at this time of the year with Easter. This photo was taken Easter morning in our International Lounge.

Easter Morning Service

Easter Morning Service by keith.brinkman
Easter Morning Service, a photo by keith.brinkman on Flickr.

Easter Morning Service on board the Africa Mercy in Lome, Togo, West Africa.
He is Risen !!!