News from Steve & Nancy Brown in Niger
In a recent Mission News item, we reported that Steve and Nancy Brown in Niger were making plans to host a major gathering of fistula surgeons and patients from all over Niger. The conference and surgeries were quite successful and many came from as far as 12 hours away to be a part of the conference held at the Danja Fistula Center. All visiting patients and surgeons were impressed by the facility’s overall cleanliness and the modern operating room, and for the attentiveness and compassion of the Danja staff.
Through this successful conference, the center is becoming better known and especially known as one that reflects the love of Christ. A few visiting surgeons and patients who are Muslim expressed the impression that the center was so blessed because it is a Christian center. For the Browns and those at Danja, such comments were so meaningful: That they are reflecting Christ enough for their faith to be declared by visitors as the reason for the center’s hope and for doing their best for all people.
Fistula is a very prevalent and disabling injury in women throughout Africa. A recent PBS News story gives details about Fistula and all the efforts to treat it.
- We pray for our supported missionaries in Niger, Steve and Nancy Brown, and especially for their work at the Danja Fistula center. With them, we celebrate the success of the recent Fistula conference they hosted, which drew surgeons and patients from their region of Africa. We especially celebrate the way the center was able to let outsiders see the way the Light of Christ guides and motivates them in their work.
- We pray, too, that more funds can become available to cover the center’s financial crisis, as well as Steve’s wisdom and energy to restore financial health.
- Finally, we pray that in addition to some Christian surgeons to assist short-term, the Fistula center will be able to hire a long-term Christian surgeon.