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Intro


Welcome.

We were honored this past year to have the missionaries stationed in Sierra Leone, Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki, RN, come speak to us about their work. In talking with them, we were able to find a project that not only fit our criteria and scope, but also spoke to our hearts—helping to finish a satellite clinic in the village of Koidu. We hope that as you read more about the project on this website that you, too, will be inspired. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about how you can help us support this mission.

Sincerely,

The Loma Linda School of Medicine Class of 2019

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Intro


Welcome.

We were honored this past year to have the missionaries stationed in Sierra Leone, Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki, RN, come speak to us about their work. In talking with them, we were able to find a project that not only fit our criteria and scope, but also spoke to our hearts—helping to finish a satellite clinic in the village of Koidu. We hope that as you read more about the project on this website that you, too, will be inspired. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about how you can help us support this mission.

Sincerely,

The Loma Linda School of Medicine Class of 2019

 

The Project

The idea for the clinic came directly from the Seventh-day Adventist church members in Koidu. Last June, the church came together and asked themselves: “What can we do for the church and the community? More specifically, how can we impact their health and well-being?” The result of their meeting was the idea for a clinic that could offer health care as well as an opportunity to improve the spiritual, social, and mental well-being of their community. The members of the church came together, and through their own fundraising efforts were able to construct the clinic.

 
 

The Seventh-day Adventist church members there are in a unique position to witness and serve.

The remote jungle village of Koidu is in the heart of blood diamond country, with the closest health facility miles away over difficult roads. This clinic will be a vital facility for Koidu.

Often mission projects take a top down approach, with Western missionaries finding a need and coming up with their own vision on how to solve a problem. This is not the case with the Koidu Clinic. It is a grassroots project where the local people saw a need and have already taken the first steps in meeting that need. Our role now is to support their vision. The money we are raising will help to complete this construction and furnish the medical equipment, supplies, and personnel necessary to allow it to succeed and become self-sustaining.

 
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Clinic Photos


Clinic Photos


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The Missionaries


The Missionaries


 

The Missionaries

This project would not be possible without the missionaries on the ground.

Dr. Scott Gardner and his wife Bekki Gardner, RN, were asked by Adventist Health International to work at the Waterloo Adventist Hospital in Sierra Leone.

 
 

The Gardner’s aren’t the only missionaries working in Sierra Leone, however. The hospital is staffed by indigenous Adventist health professionals who view themselves as missionaries to their local community. This isn’t simply a job for them—it’s a calling.

 
 

This attitude is illustrated in the inspiring story of the Waterloo Hospital. While many medical centers were closing during the height of the Ebola crisis that struck West Africa in 2014, the Adventist staff at the hospital made the choice to sacrifice their safety and to remain open. The cost of this choice was grave—three staff members contracted the disease and sadly, only one survived. Many of those same staff members are still there now, continuing their efforts to spread the gospel through the ministry of healing.

The staff and local Seventh-day Adventist church have a vision of spreading the high-quality, mission focused health care that is modeled at the Waterloo Hospital to other parts of Sierra Leone. There are already multiple plans for expansion, with the Koidu Clinic being one of those.

If you are interested in learning more about the mission in Sierra Leone,  follow the Gardners’ blog:
https://gardners2koza.wordpress.com
 
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Area Photos


Area Photos


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The Class


The Class


 

The Class

The Class of 2019 is blessed and privileged to study as student physicians at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. The opportunity to learn how to make man whole is a fulfillment of a lifelong dream for many of us. While we look forward to when we will serve as physicians, we do not want to defer this divine calling until that day.

 
 

It is an honored tradition for each medical school class to pick a mission project which lasts for the duration of their time at Loma Linda. Our class considered several projects, but the one that resonated with us the most was the Waterloo Adventist Hospital in Sierra Leone, Africa. While our first project is in helping to finish the Koidu clinic, we hope to announce more projects in the future if we are able to reach our initial fundraising goals.

 

Beyond the obvious benefits of this clinic for the village of Koidu, our class chose this project as something that we can become personally involved with. In addition to our fundraising efforts, several of our classmates will be able to serve this summer in Sierra Leone. We are also planning on it being a fourth-year elective rotation for our class as well as future classes. This would provide an incredible opportunity for us to go hands on with mission work and medicine while furthering the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

 
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Hike


Hike


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Donate


Donate


 

Donate

 

We hope that the people of Sierra Leone have inspired you as they have us. With your help, we will reach our goal of $20,000 and bring about a positive change in the Koidu community.

Donations are made through the multinational, nonprofit organization Adventist Health International (AHI), headquartered here in Loma Linda, CA. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online using PayPal, by mail, and over the phone.

If you are donating through PayPal, please choose to share your address as this will allow AHI to send you a letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes.

 
 

If you choose to donate by mail or over the phone, please be sure to indicate that you are donating to: “SM 2019 project”.

Adventist Health International

11060 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-5610
Fax: (909) 558-0242
E-mail: ahi@llu.edu

 

Thank you for your support as we strive to make the Koidu clinic a reality for the people of Sierra Leone.

 

Sincerely,

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Class of 2019