Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trip to see the McCoys

Bill and Marsha retired from missionary service in PNG in January.  I got to see them during commissioning in KC in Feb, and now got to spend almost a week with them in CA.  Despite the rain, cold and clouds which hid Mt. Shasta, Lassen and Castle Crags, we enjoyed the hikes and waterfalls around Dunsmuir, McCloud and Burney.  It felt like winter at times, but we made the most of it.

When not hiking, I got some chainsaw lessons from Bill, helped clear a little bit of his land, enjoyed Marsha's great cooking and the Warriors games.   I also enjoyed spending time with many of the other McCoys, who have also become like family to me over the years.

There are many folks at OroNaz who have partnered with me in the ministry at PNG for the past 10 years, so it was great to get to share with them about what has been going on.  I also got to spend some time with Janice and Dave Walker who run Project Save, which has sent us containers of medical equipment through the years, including 2 already this year.  It was a great week - I will be back.  

Monday, May 13, 2019

Kentucky District Tour

I got to go to Kentucky on a District tour this past week.  When I wasn't driving from church to church or speaking at one, I took some time to see some of the sights Kentucky has to offer: Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area, Mammoth Cave, Natural Bridge, the Ark Encounter and the wildlife I found along the way.  There is a lot to see when/if you are in Kentucky.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

New Business Office

Our Business office also got an upgrade.  The Business Office is the place where our 55,000+ outpatients each year and 7000+ inpatients each year come to pay their fees.  Everyone starts at our Business Office before they get seen by a nurse, in the ER, or in the lab.  It is a very busy place, as I found out recently.

A week or so ago, due to a fight happening around us, when the Business office staff scheduled to work were unable to leave their homes, so as we scrambled to call in other workers to fill their places, I tried to help out.  I have a much better appreciation for what our Business Office folks go through each day.  They take the 200 or so patients who come, and get them to stand in lines and determine where they are from and how much they should be paying for whatever services they are coming for.  There was much less organization when I was trying to help out, but I managed to serve a few patients until our real BO clerks got there.

Now the Business Office has a new space to work out of, which should make their job even better as they serve our patients.  The computers we put in about 6 months ago, have made a huge difference in the BO and for those of us in Administration.  We can now track how many patients come each day through the computer, instead of having the BO clerks tally them up.

The Hospital Expansion Project has been a blessing in so many ways so far, and there is still more to come.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New OPD Screening/Waiting Area

Every year we have around 55,000+ patients who come to Nazarene Hospital to be seen by our nurses and doctors, this is around 180+ patients each M-F.  For many of our patients, this is the only part of our hospital that patients need, because thankfully they don't need the Emergency Room or to be admitted, they just need to be seen and cared for by a nurse or doctor, given medicine and get to head home.  As we looked at what needed done in our Hospital Expansion Project, we wanted to improve the area that serves the most patients each year.

So we have now been able to create an area that gives our patients a little more privacy, as well as nurses the opportunity to exam the patients well, prior to send them to see a doctor if needed.  We have increased the size of our waiting area and soon will have large TVs up to show the Jesus Film and other Health Educational videos.  There is more to be done in our OPD area with new Surgery clinical and Chaplain spaces, but for now, we are going to make the most of this area.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dooley's Farewell

God's call on our lives is something that those of us who have chosen to follow Him, cannot ignore.  Many people wonder why anyone would move around the world to be a doctor or a teacher or a maintenance guy, but for those of us who do it, we know we do it because this is what God has called us to do, and there is nothing else we would rather be doing.  The same voice of God that called us and sent us to be missionaries, is the same voice of God that we continue to listen to and obey each day, and so when that voice/call of God tells us our time of service is over, we too, have to obey.  Even when it seems like your ministry is growing  and fruitful, if He calls you to go, you go.

So after 16 years of service in Papua New Guinea, Scott and Gail Dooley have felt that God is calling them to return to the US to continue serving God there as He leads.  While we have had quite a few goodbyes over the last 2 years, they don't seem to get easier, it is always hard to have a part of your family leave.   Our staff especially seemed to really feel this one, and are very sad to see them go, they came out in full support of Scott and Gail's ministry to them and the people of PNG.  The missionaries took time to celebrate our ministry together, the kids are sure going to miss having all the Dooleys around to play with.

While here, Scott served for years as a doctor and then for 8ish years as Hospital Administrator, he will be returning to medicine in the US.  Gail was able to balance caring for their girls, being a scrub nurse, being a coach for our patients and so much more and hopes to get back into nursing in the US.  Allison, their oldest is already back in the US in college, Emma, their 2nd daughter, was heading to college this summer, and Olivia, will be missing her friends here and be transitioning from home school here, to attending school in Missouri next year.  Pray for them and all the transitions ahead as they continue to obey God's call on their lives.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hospital Expansion Project Progress

Lots of changes happening with the Hospital Expansion Project.  

The women in this picture are in our new Labor Ward, the empty one is currently being transformed into a larger nursery, while still having beds for moms too.  At the end, we will have gained 2 more delivery beds, and about 20 more beds for our moms after or predelivery, and a nursery that can fit a good 12 babies easily.

Our new Administration Building is in the process of being constructed.  This is going to be a 2 story building, something new for the hospital here.  Our College of Nursing, Finance, Hospital and Rural Health will all have their offices there and we will have space for more to join us, if needed.

 Our new storeroom is working very well.  We just had a container come last week and our Storeroom workers were able to quickly get the boxes off the container and then to their respective homes in the storeroom.


We just opened up our New OPD waiting and Screening area and Business Office on Friday, it won't really get used until Monday, so will wait to post pictures of that until we have it in use.  

Our project guys are always busy working on something to help us continue to serve those who need our help and need to hear for Jesus.  

Friday, March 8, 2019

Commissioning Service

On Feb 25th, I had the privilege of being Commissioned (being
affirmed by the Church of God's calling on our lives to serve Him), along with 36 other missionaries from the Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.  The 37 of us came from 17 different countries, 40% of us were from North America, rest majority however were from outside of the US, serving on all the continents (outside of Antarctica).  This was exciting, to be a part of a global movement by the Church of the Nazarene to continue to work to reach souls for Jesus and to make Christlike Disciples.

Along with those of us being commissioned, Bill and Marsha McCoy were also honored as retiring missionaries.  As was pointed out, they served in both Swaziland, Africa, and PNG and in our service, we were commissioning missionaries from Africa and from PNG - so the Church of the Nazarene has certainly become more Global in the past 30 years.

We had quite the PNG contingent at the Commissioning.  Peter and Jenny Isaac were the missionaries commissioned from PNG, they have been serving in the country of Vanuatu for the past 14 years.  Peni and Talisua Fakaua are from Samoa, who have been serving in PNG in for 6 years now.  Rachel and Jordan Thompson are serving here at Kudjip since 2009, and then the McCoys and myself.  It was fun to be able to be commissioned together as a PNG group and to share that with the McCoys as they retired.

It was really nice to meet so many of our Church's missionaries from around the world and to hear all that God is doing in many countries.   It was also nice to share part of the festivities with my family and friends.  My sister and nephew came out for the weekend, as did my Pastor and his wife from New Mexico.  Some of our PNG family also came to see us, with Allison Dooley, her grandparents and Scot and Tyronza Pringle coming for the service.