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Open Roads

Published on November 16, 2020

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Greetings again from Mbingo!

The dry season winds are blowing in the Harmattan dust. Not our favorite time of year, but to everything there is a season. God is in the wind as well as the rain.

Since we last wrote there has been much progress on the hydroelectric project, and the main dam has almost been completed. They will now be building another smaller dam to supplement the water supply. Pray for funds to finish the work needed.

Another project, one to supply piped-in oxygen throughout the hospital, began the installation phase a couple of weeks ago and is nearing completion. The copper tubing is being installed in each ward, and the system may be ready for use by the end of the month. This will make it possible to supply oxygen from the wall directly without depending on oxygen concentrator machines at the bedside. We did not have enough of the machines, and they didn’t always work properly. The system will greatly improve quality of care for those needing oxygen. We are so grateful for the NAB in their promotion and giving to these two projects. They have had a major role in contribution.
On last calculation, we need $170,000.

October proved to be a challenging month for patients to be able to get to the hospital. There were a few weeks of lockdown where no traffic was allowed on the roads. This meant only patients who could trek here were able to come. The last couple of weeks have been better, an answer to prayer! We are grateful and pray for no more lockdowns. One bright spot in the month was when a mother and her little girl were able to come to the hospital after the roads opened and get the care they needed. We were able to give the little girl one of the dresses that the White Cross ladies from the US made. They were both so happy! It was a little big, but she’ll grow into it. 😊

Rick is happy doing pathology and thankful for a committed staff who help the work go on well. There have been plenty of specimens from here and from many other places in Cameroon to keep the path lab humming. Rick is also enjoying his continued involvement in discipleship with one of our CIMS residents and with a Fulani young man.

Our Mbingo 1 church received a new pastor in the month of September, and that same month we sent forth our evangelism/missions pastor to be going to school at the seminary in Jos, Nigeria. Also, in September, I (Debbie) assumed the role of treasurer for the Women’s Group in the church. Our group, like all the women’s groups in our Cameroon Baptist Convention churches, is involved in discipleship-type meetings each week and making visits to the bereaved in the church and also families with new babies. We participate in local projects in the community and projects involving CBC women as a whole.

In His Matchless Love,
Rick & Debbie Bardin


  • Pray for continued open roads so patients can get to the hospital to get the care they need and the hospital will be able to recover financially.
  • Pray for the projects to be completed well and for the remaining funding to come in for hydro project: org/give/special-projects.
  • Pray for the chemotherapy fund also in the NAB special project page. We are now a recognized cancer treatment center and so many people cannot afford the chemotherapy they need. This fund helps them get it. One course of chemotherapy is equal to half a year’s wage for the average Cameroon laborer. Your gift of $600 will subsidize the cost and make this life-saving treatment available to patients in need. See the same giving website: org/give/special-projects.
  • Let us never forget to pray for God’s glory to shine forth from our hospital and may it be a light to all those who come.


  • Praise for open roads and patients being able to come.
  • Praise that COVID-19 has been manageable at our hospital.
  • Praise for our strength and health.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.
Everything in the heavens and on the earth is yours O Lord, and this is your kingdom.
We adore you as the one who is over all things.

1 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV)


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