2012 is a year I will long remember. Before the year began, I was in physical therapy for back injuries I had sustained in the Philippines and Indonesia. I spent the first three months of the year doing everything I could to avoid back surgery, but nothing seemed to alleviate the terrible pain I was having. Finally, in April, I had some major back surgery including bone fusions, two Aspen clamps and two rods spanning from L1-L5. I am the success story that many others would like to have experienced. I have no pain. I travelled overseas five weeks after surgery and have made many other trips this year. Due to the back problems, I did not travel for the first five months. That doesn’t mean our work was being neglected. You will see from the reports that follow that there are many in our ministry who can and do step up to the job that I once thought only I could do.
– John Bailey
END OF YEAR REPORT 2012

Cambodia

Sokhom Hun

I was unable to physically be a part of the big Medical Mission that is conducted in Cambodia every January. We were able to be a part of it, however, by supplying funds to stock the pharmacy and to assist with the expense of bringing dentists from the Philippines. Thousands of people are treated by the physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists. Hundreds of pairs of glasses are fitted to prescriptions written by the eye doctors.


I am planning to go to Cambodia in January 2013, traveling with another dentist, Jerry Burgess, and Bible scholar Gary Pence. We will join a team of about 30 other workers for a two week mission. Watch for our reports in the first quarter of 2013.

Philippines

Sokhom Hun

It seems that I just can’t say farewell to the Philippines. BandS has been involved there for many years and some of the work we began years ago is now coming to fruition. We are not involved in any building projects, but we continue to support several of the Leyte Orphans in colleges. So far, this has been a rewarding work and we will continue this until all of those we took into our care years ago are given the opportunity to graduate from university. We plan to continue to support the high school and college kids in their VBS programs. They usually conduct 10 or more during their summer break from school. See “Spotlight on Mary Joy Dizon”


Tropical storms and typhoons hit places in the Philippines annually. We try to keep reserve funds in Cebu that will allow us to be among the first responders. We usually use local church building as distribution centers. We have found this to be a very effective way of ministering in both charity and in the proclamation of the gospel to the poor. Often there are those who need medical care that is beyond their financial means and we try to help them get treatment.


The Good News Clinic is one of the very respected and productive ministries in Cebu. We have once again assisted them financially. Danny Carrigan has been a part of this ministry, and knows more about its operation than I do.

Indonesia

Dr. Bailey and friends

In our annual Memorandum of Understanding with the BKMM, we agreed to do 500 eye surgeries in Nias and Batak Land in 2012. The numbers are still out, but I think we fell short by about 20 patients. This was not for financial reasons, but because the number who were requesting surgery did not qualify due to health reasons. Danny Carrigan attended the March surgery camp and was very pleased with the number of surgeries, especially under very difficult circumstances. The electricity was not reliable and the facilities for surgeries left a lot to be desired. We were very pleased with the hard work of our Indonesian surgeons and their team.


Greg Smith travelled with me to Indonesia in October. Our experience at the airport in Singapore was terrible. It would take a book to contain all that happened in the few hours we were there. We were sent to all three terminals at the airport. We ended up missing our scheduled flight and had to buy tickets on another airline. We arrived in Medan an hour or two later than we expected and missed the Sunday morning preaching appointment. When we finally arrived in Medan, Erni and her husband met us at the airport and showed us to our hotel.


Greg Smith did the lion’s share of the work. He endured the hardships of Nias while I took refuge in a nice hotel back in Medan. I wasn’t completely idle because of the preparation needed to meet with the BKMM and negotiate some fairly major changes in our Memorandum of Understanding. After a rocky start, the negations went well and we finished ahead of schedule. This wasn’t a good idea since we had checked out of the hotel and the only place we had to go was the airport. The International Terminal does not have air conditioning. Neither does it have a lounge where you can spend a few dollars and get some comfort. Greg and I were both worn out even before we boarded the plane to Singapore. I would not recommend you make your first medical mission trip to Indonesia. See Slideshow and Watch Video


Connor’s House in Jakarta is being used in great ways to the glory of God. Steve Cate and son Scott and wife, are raising funds to support the work being done there. I like what I see and try to support this work from time to time.

Kenya

Eye Surgery

The Surgical Camps we conduct in Malindi are supported by the Caris Foundation. In 2012 we conducted camps in June and September at Tawfiq Hospital. The June camp was a general surgery camp with two general surgeons and one gynecologist. This was the first time we have had an ob/gyn surgeon on our team, and he was a real blessing. Dr. Fred Massey is an experienced surgeon from his many years of practice in the USA, but also very experienced in African missions. He has made multiple trips to Nigerian Christian Hospital and is familiar with the types of cases he is likely to see in Africa. I don’t think he was disappointed or surprised by what he saw in Malindi.


Two of our regulars, Drs. Jerry Smith and Brett Guinn did their usual large number of surgeries with great expertise and speed. We are able to use more of the Kenyan professionals on each trip. This is one of the reasons we are taking a smaller number each year. This is one of our goals, so we rejoice in this.


Dr. Al Jones, anesthesiologists from Laramie, Wyoming has served in every surgical camp we have conducted in Malindi. Dr. Robyn Eubanks Coleman, an anesthesiologist from Southlake, Texas, made her second trip to Malindi and did the great job we have come to expect from her.


We also incorporated into our camp, some expert nursing instructors who were well received by the hospital staff and did an incredible job of instructing the local staff and the student nurses who were on this trip. We plan to continue this practice since it is so often requested by the hospital administration and staff at the hospitals where we work. See Slideshow and Watch Video


BandS also supports other programs in Kenya. We have supplied the pharmacy at the Ring Road Mission in Kisumu for several years. As finances allow, we support the Made in the Streets ministry in Nairobi. Our major role is supplying funds for health treatment that the kids and staff require.


During the past year, BandS has supported the work at 9 Poles, just south of Malindi. We are helping provide class rooms, offices and dormitories for the school there. We are very happy with the cooperation we have enjoyed with that work. Recent news we received told of the numbers of students who have come to know Jesus as their Lord, and have been baptized.

General

We continue to have an interest in Nigerian Christian Hospital. Dr. Brian Camazine does a great work there and we fund a small part of his work.

 

We also support the cleft lip and eye surgeries done in Guatemala by Health Talents International.

 

We also support the John Connor Brown Christian Care Center in Nannin, China. This children’s home built in honor of John Connor Brown, is a home for orphans that now cares for 85 children.

 

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?

 

We are planning a very heavy schedule for 2013. Some of the medical missions we plan, have to be paid for in advance, so December is the time we have come to depend on the extra end of the year giving. The Cambodian trip has to be paid in November and December. We also send funds in early January for the eye surgery camps in Indonesia. The cost of each surgery has gone up, but we are still happy that we can restore eye sight for about $140 per eye.


Please remember that in order to have your contribution apply to your 2012 IRS deductions, funds must be received by Monday, December 31. A significant percentage of funding for BandS comes in the month of December. We hope you will consider making an end-of-the-year contribution. BandS has no office expense or salaries and spends 100% of funds directly on projects. All travel expenses for Dr. Bailey are paid for by Caris Foundation International. We have a working fund that pays for reporting and administrative expenses.


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BANDS MINISTRIES
NEWS ARCHIVE

 

First Quarter Report 2012

 

End of Year Report 2011

 

Third Quarter Report 2011

 

First Quarter Report 2011 (315 KB pdf)

 

End of Year Report 2010 (2.44 MB pdf)

 

Second Quarter Report 2010 (902 KB pdf)

 

First Quarter Report 2010 (860 KB pdf)

 

End of Year Report 2009 (778 KB pdf)

 

Second Quarter Report 2009 (950 KB pdf)

 

First Quarter Report 2009 (226 KB pdf)

 

End of Year Report 2008 (729 KB pdf)

 

Third Quarter Report 2008 (595 KB pdf)

 

First Quarter Report 2008 (397 KB pdf)

 

End of Year Report 2007 (331 KB pdf)

 

End of Year Report 2006 (78 KB pdf)