PAACS Articles, Blogs and Books
Christian Doctor’s Digest Interview of Bruce Steffes (October 2014)
Reaching The Unreached
Five hundred million heathen have not yet been evangelized, so it is computed! Yet our great Missionary Societies have reached high water-mark, and if they have not al- ready begun to retrench they are seriously thinking of doing so. Meanwhile, the heart of Asia, the heart of Africa, and well nigh the whole continent of South America, are untouched with the Gospel of Christ.
C.T. Studd, the famous British cricketer turned mission- ary, made that statement more than 120 years ago, long before smartphones, internet and international ights. And yet, the statistics he quoted are worse now in 2016, despite the fact that parts of those great continents have been reached with the gospel to varying degrees. There remains hundreds of millions of souls on the continent of Africa who face physical suffering on this earth and an eternity without Christ. In fact, there are billions—not millions, but billions—of people around the world who are still untouched with the gospel.
These statistics and the philosophy behind Studd’s comments are exactly what drive the mission of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). And it’s something we take extremely seriously as we seek to make a difference in the spiritual and physical health of an entire continent.
As a commission of CMDA, our goal is to train Afri- can physicians to become surgeons in Africa for Africa, with the intent of serving their fellow Africans for a life- time. With academic credentialing provided by Loma Linda University and recognized by both African col- leges of Surgery, PAACS uses mission hospitals to give training in general surgery, orthopedics and pediatric surgery. Additionally, a one-year fellowship in head…
Are you interested in being a surgical educator on the mission field? Here is a guide.
God's Surgeons in Africa
In 1994, God told David Thompson to start training surgeons in Africa. Thompson was in the fifteenth year of a mission to Gabon at the time, in West Africa. “I just realized…
– published in The Atlantic, Dec 28, 2012
'I don’t really see it as a sacrifice'
Dr. Rich Davis performs surgery in a place where monkeys scramble over roofs and giraffes, gazelles and zebras roam a short drive away. Davis and his family have spent nine years…
– published in Live Well Nebraska: Health & Medicine, May 11, 2016
Sanctuary in the Storm
As I write, rain is falling steadily on the tin roof above me, while thunder echoes in the dis- tance—the rst signs of a coming storm, an almost daily occurrence here in the rainy season…
– published in CMDA’s “Todays Christian Doctor”, Winter edition, 2014
Training and Healing Thru PAACS
The sign over the exit door in the church proclaimed, “You are now entering the mission field.” In his arti- cle, Dr. Scheel made the same point…
– published in CMDA’s “Today Christian Doctor”, Winter edition, 2012
Story of M
M. was a patient in our hospital for about a month. He was a 22 year old man who was working at a construction site where he sustained his…
– written by former PAACS faculty, Dr. Paul Gray
Your Mission: Get Ready! Get Set! GO!
by Dr. Bruce Steffes and Michelle Steffes
Medical Missions: Get Ready! Get Set! GO!
by Dr. Bruce Steffes
The Hand on My Scalpel
Humorous & Heartbreaking Stories From A Jungle Operating Room
by David C. Thompson, MD
by David C. Thompson, MD
by David C. Thompson, MD
Other Resources – Blogs, Websites and Newsletters
Dr. Stephen Burgert, gastroenterologist at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya: http://psalm121v8.blogspot.com/
Dr. Rich Davis, general surgeon at Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya: http://surgerytraininginkenya.wordpress.com
Drs. Jon and Libby Egle, general surgeon and FP at Christian Memorial Hospital, Malumghat, Bangladesh: http://EGLESinBANGLADESH.blogspot.com
Dr. Mike Ganey, pediatric surgeon at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya: http://www.ganeys.com/blog
Dr. Dan Galat, orthopedic surgeon at Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya: http://dangalatkenya.blogspot.com
Dr. David Halter, general surgeon at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, Arusha, Tanzania halterjourney.wordpress.com
Dr. Erik Hansen, pediatric surgeon at BethanyKids of Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya: www.uncommonroad.blogspot.com
Dr. Ryan (and wife Sharlene) Hayton, general surgeon at Malamulo SDA hospital in Malawi: http://rshayton.blogspot.com/
Dr. Mark Karnes, Ob-gyne at Soddo Christian Hospital, Soddo, Ethiopia: Soddospecialdelivery.com
Drs. Heath and Angela Many, general surgeon and ob-gyne at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya: www.manyfamilyonmission.com
Dr. Dylan Nugent, orthopedic surgeon at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya: dylannugentkenya.wordpress.com (blog) and Facebook “Nugents in Kenya”
Drs. Bob and Andrea Parker, general surgeons at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya: tenwekparkers.blogspot.com