Our story of involvement is below. Currently we are still praying for a new church to step up and take on this exciting and fulfilling ministry as we believe God is calling us to let go. We are willing to let go but continue to work with joy on this project. Will you pray with us?
Shelby Alliance Women has been involved with The Hospital for Women and Children since the idea was just a dream shared by the nurse mid-wives who served in the six rural clinics around Koutiala, Mali, West Africa, and Dr. Dave Thompson, missionary physician serving at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, West Africa.
As plans were laid out, Shelby Alliance Women asked God to work through us to raise money for the drilling of the well and building of the water tower. We were very surprised to see God’s hand at work in providing over and above the amount that was needed for the well and the water tower.
Because of our excitement we were asked if we would be interested in sending “small boxes” of items for the babies at the hospital. We said “yes” and we soon found out that God had other plans for us. Since the first part of 2006, we have sent 30 sea containers, each capable of weighing 44,000 pounds, to Koutiala. Everything needed to build and equip a hospital has come through Shelby Alliance Church.
In amazing ways, God continues to provide everything that we need to do this job, from providing us with pallet jacks to move the supplies, to providing us with a completely rebuilt tow motor.
Although this ministry is considered a ministry of Shelby Alliance Women, we could not do this without the support of the members of our local church. Many local businesses continue to contribute towards this project. Many Alliance Women’s groups throughout the United States have been faithful in helping to meet the needs of the hospital. It is safe to say that representatives from nearly all of our 50 states have been a part of sending items for the hospital.
Willard Alliance Church has taken on the role of packing the Mama Packs for us. When you send us blankets or booties, we take them to Willard and they make Mama Packs and bring them back to us. It is a big help to this ministry and we appreciate our church family in Willard (even if they are sports rivals of ours!).
You can learn more about the hospital at www.koutialahospital.org.
Jean Viers heads up our Mali Project at the Church with the assistance of several other people.
Retired from nursing with a passion for our mission hospital in Mali, West Africa, Jean is available to field questions regarding our work with The Hospital for Women and Children in Koutiala, Mali, West Africa. Call the church to be forwarded to Jean or fill out the form below.
Jean has lived in Shelby her entire life and has been married to her husband, Mike, for nearly 45 years. She raised three children and is enjoying five grandchildren.