Dr. & Mrs. Buor Deliver Medical Donation and Arrive Home to Ganta
We are delighted to let you know that Dr. and Mrs. Buor arrived safely to Ganta from Monrovia just a few days ago. They have moved into their home in Ganta, and as usually happens when moving into a home, they have had a few minor challenges to deal with. But they are safe and sound at home, and are in the process of working out some glitches in their internet service. They are also getting their home set up
Today we are bringing you a story from Mrs. Helena Gbalazeh-Suah, a registered nurse living in Monrovia, Liberia. Mrs. Gbalazeh-Suah received her nursing degree from Cuttington College in Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia in 1986. She subsequently attended the Phebe Nurse Midwifery School and completed her studies there in 1988. She worked as a registered nurse for 19 years in the state of New Jersey, and also was a member of the nursing faculty of the Center for Allied Nursing, now the College of Nursing of Ewing Township in New Jersey. She holds an MBA in Health Service Administration from Strayer University in Pennsylvania.
The Buors carried a delivery of medical supplies to the Jordan River Health Center when they arrived in Monrovia. The medical supplies were donated by Fellowship of Associates in Medical Evangelism (FAME), which is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please visit their website https://www.fameworld.org to learn about all the good work they do.
My Story of the Jordan River Health Center
By Helena Gbalazeh-Suah
Ever since I became a registered nurse midwife, I have had the passion to run a private health care facility. When the civil war started in Liberia, we all got displaced. I traveled to the USA and worked as a registered nurse for 19 years. In 2009, when I got out of graduate school, I decided that I was going to move back to Liberia where my mom was aging, and needed more attention. One day, I decided to have a formal discussion with my husband about my desire to move back to Liberia. My husband’s first reaction was, “How can we move to Liberia, when we don’t have the money?” I knew we didn’t have the money to cover all the travel expenses, so I decided to make it easier for my husband by convincing him that all I needed was to get one ticket for me to go to Liberia, and he could wire me some money later.
I gladly received a ticket to Brussels for July 31, 2012 with a connection on to Monrovia. I also received a $20 bill from my husband with an embarrassed expression on his face because he could not give me more.
I returned to Liberia and was unemployed for four months. During this time, I began to nurture my dream of running a community clinic out of my garage to address the huge need for safe and quality health services. Again, I called my husband to tell him about this exciting idea that I had to build a clinic right by our house. My husband, who thought by now that I was going crazy, asked, “But where are we going to get the money from?” I answered by saying, “I don’t think we need money, honey. What we have is more than money.” When he asked me, “What do we have?” I said that we have passion to serve humanity, and faith in God.
By this time, I had spent 4 months unemployed, just sitting on my porch with little else to do but read my Bible. I needed to spend more time with the Lord through His Word. This is something that was lacking during all those years of working in America.
When I got to the book of Joshua, I encountered Chapter 3, verse 5, which said, “Sanctify yourself for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Right away, I knew that the Lord was speaking to me. I have read that verse over and over since then. As I read the chapter, I also learned in verse 8 that the Lord said to Joshua, “You shall command the priests who bear the Ark of the Covenant when you come to the brink of the waters of Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.” Chapter 3:13 says, “When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the Ark of the Lord of all the earth shall rest in the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan coming from above shall be cut off and they shall stand in one heap.” I have learned that the priests could not cross the Jordan River without putting their feet in the water. They had to put their feet in the water first and wait for God’s miracle at the Jordan River. God wants us to take a step of faith as we walk with him. And so, the name of the health center was derived out of this passage. I named it the Jordan River Health Center.
I started to save some money from whatever my husband sent for provisions in order to buy cement for the foundation of the clinic. We had just completed the roofing when we were slowed down by the Ebola crisis. We thank God that we survived the crisis. We were finally able to complete the building and began to plan for the opening, which took place in December 2015.
The CLTI Team would like to thank Helena Gbalazeh-Sueh for taking the time to share her story with us. We will be bringing you updates on the ministry of Jordan River Health Center as time goes on.