Aug 2014: Ted operating during a month-long international rotation
in Burundi during his 4th year of residency.
God has given our family a unique opportunity to serve him overseas through medical missions (less than 5% of missionaries in the world are medical missionaries). God first called Ted to become a medical missionary during college through a series of experiences including Urbana and volunteer service trips to Kenya. God continued to cultivate this passion for medical missions during medical school and residency training. During this time, God also brought Eunice into Ted's life. Since then, we have journeyed together with a unified vision to serve God overseas and bring the hope of the gospel to those around the world in need of surgical care.
2. Why Kibuye, Burundi?
Burundi is a small country in the heart of sub-saharan Africa, with the neighboring countries of DR Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Burundi currently has 300 doctors for a population just over ten million. That is less than one doctor for every 30,000 people. In addition, Burundi struggles with high rates of malaria and HIV/AIDS and the world's highest rate of hunger and malnutrition (according to the Global Hunger Index 2014) and the medical complications that go along with that. We first heard about Kibuye Hope Hospital through a team of American physicians who felt called as a group to Burundi to teach and disciple students from Hope Africa University. During residency, Ted had an opportunity to visit Burundi and help provide surgical care alongside the team there. God has since put a similar calling in our lives, and we are excited to join the team.
3. Who is sending you?
We are partnering with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse. We will be sent as a part of their Post-Residency Program. This program allows newly trained physicians to work alongside veteran missionary doctors overseas for two years, preparing them for a lifetime of service as career missionaries. In addition to this larger organization, we are also being sent by church communities and by individual supporters.
4. When are you planning to leave?
We are hoping to leave for language school in April 2017 and will be in language school for 6-8 months before heading for Burundi. This is contingent on reaching an intermediate level of proficiency on a placement exam that will be administered in February 2017.
5. Where will you live?
We will stay in a visitors' apartment or guesthouse on the hospital compound at Kibuye. These are equipped with a refrigerator, gas stove, and running water.
6. Will you have to learn another language?
Yes! All Burundians speak Kirundi and those who have been formally educated speak French. At Kibuye, patients generally speak Kirundi. Medical students, nurses, and other hospital staff speak French and Kirundi but very few speak English. As Ted will need to be able to teach and speak in French, we will spend 6-8 months in formal language studies in Albertville, France prior to our arrival in Burundi.
7. Why do you need to raise support?
As a Post-Resident physician, Ted will be receiving a monthly stipend, as well as having anticipated expenses (plane ticket, visas, language school, etc) covered financially by the program. However, Eunice, Toby, and Amos will not be receiving any funding. Although Ted will be working at the hospital, he will not be receiving any payment for his work there. In order for us to serve together as a family, we need to raise support.
8. How long will you live in Burundi?
We will be in Burundi for the entirety of our term with The Post-Residency Program, which is two-years. At that time, we will transition to a long-term sending agency. While we may stay in Burundi indefinitely, we are also open to wherever the Lord may be leading us next.
9. What will Ted be doing at Kibuye Hope Hospital?
Ted will join the work originally started by the McCropders, a group of five families, with six medical specialties, whose vision is to "glorify God as a community of families and individuals, relying on God's grace and growing in Him, who strive through medicine to bring healing and wholeness in word and deed to the underserved of Africa, and to train and disciple African national medical professionals to do the same." He will serve the patients that seek surgical care at Kibuye Hope Hospital as well as serve as a professor/clinical educator for the medical students that come from Hope Africa University (HAU).
10. What will Eunice be doing?
Eunice's primary role will be to care for Toby and Amos as well as handle the responsibilities related to their home. She will also be open to opportunities to help at Kibuye Hope Academy (the school for all the missionary children on the hospital compound) as well as connect with the local Burundian women and children. And who knows how else God will want to use her!
11. What is Kibuye Hope Hospital like?
Established as a mission of the Free Methodist Church of Burundi in the 1940's, Kibuye Hope Hospital (KHH) is now a teaching hospital for Hope Africa University (HAU) and a government district hospital. The hospital is currently small, with only 100 beds, but planned development will expand it to 300 beds with updated lifesaving modern technology over the next ten years. Services include inpatient wards for general surgery, pediatrics (including separate malnutrition and neonatology wards), internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and ophthalmology. Additional services include three operating rooms (two for surgery/OB/Gyn, one for ophthalmology), emergency room, outpatient department (including specialty clinics in ophthalmology, pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, and OB/Gyn), community health programs (including a feeding program for chronically malnourished children), digital x-ray, ultrasound, & minimal laboratory capabilities.
12. How can I be involved with your ministry?
There are a couple of ways you can join us. First, you can commit to praying for us. There's nothing we need more than to be covered in prayer, and this starts even while we are still here in the states preparing to head overseas. You can also partner with us through financial support. Whether it is a one-time gift or monthly support, it will be through your giving that will help us get to the field and continue to do the work that we have been called to do in Burundi. We thank you in advance for your partnership!
If you have any other questions, please ask! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.