Deborah Walker

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Grace is safely back in Gabon
Update September 2011

So many of you have been praying for 6-year-old Grace’s heart surgery at Mayo Clinic and have been asking how she is doing that I thought I would put out an update to thank you for praying and for caring and to let you know that Grace is doing GREAT! Praise the Lord!!!

We left Libreville, Gabon together on July 9th to fly to Frankfurt, Germany. This was their first time on an international flight and they would need to take a total of 4 flights, the last three without me accompanying them, as I was heading to Atlanta for my 3-month home assignment. The Lord smoothed the way before them in answer to many prayers and they arrived in Minneapolis, MN very tired but happy.

When Grace arrived at the Mayo Clinic, she underwent a thorough evaluation. Her congenital heart anomaly was found not to be as complicated as feared. This made the surgery and recovery less difficult. She had her surgery on July 15th and came through with flying colors. Her mom, Prisque, was strong and trusting the Lord but refused to eat or drink anything that day until she knew that Grace was out of danger. Grace’s recovery has gone very well and they had a wonderful time in Minnesota. A follow up visit with the cardiologist showed that the repair was a complete success and they flew back to Gabon on August 28th.

Thank you so much for praying for them and for giving to the Bongolo Heart Send Project approved special and partnering with us to make this miracle a reality!!! You have had a huge impact on this precious girl’s life.

Overview of who Dr. Deborah Walker is and what she has been doing at Bongolo Hospital for the past 23 years:

I have been ministering with the C&MA since May 1988, primarily as the Pediatrician at Bongolo Hospital, a 130-bed facility in Gabon, Africa. Other responsibilities include the premature infant ward (about 40 preemies/year), the maternity ward, medicine/supply ordering for the hospital, continuing education for our Gabonese nurses, and helping, as part of the Bongolo team, to plant local churches and disciple new believers in a village near Bongolo.

Thank you for your continued prayer support and for your giving to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) that has allowed me to minister here at Bongolo Hospital for the past 23 years.

Deborah A. Walker, M.D.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Praise The Lord:

- For many babies who are not being infected with the HIV virus from their mothers, all because of Bongolo Hospital’s Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program.

- That Grace's heart surgery at Mayo Clinci was a great success and that she and her mother made it safely back to their town in Gabon.

Prayer Requests:

- Please pray for the rest of my home assignment and for my trip back to Bongolo which begins on October 25th.

- Pray for Dr. Renee Valach who is carrying a heavy work load, covering my patients, during my home assignment



Updated: September 12, 2011

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