In August of 2015, Rev. Tom Furrer met with Bishop Markus Dogo, who is the spiritual leader of the Anglican Diocese of Kafanchan. Along with a diocesan planning team, including two doctors, two clergy and the diocesan financial officer, they reviewed plans for a new clinic. The new clinic will be built in a town named Gidan Waya, about tem miles from the Diocese headquarters in Kafanchan. Gidan Waya is a medium sized city which presently has no medical clinic at all. The new clinic will be located immediately adjacent to St. Mark’s Anglican Church and the Anglican Junior Seminary. The school has 150 students, including about 30 orphans. There is housing at the school for the orphans. The land for the clinic is already owned by the diocese and is in an area which has been spared from violence inspired by religious tensions.
Our goal in locating the clinic adjacent to the church and school has may dimensions. First, we are replicating the early missionary model of connecting faith with education and healing. Secondly, we want to build and the reserve of community good-will already fostered by the church and school. We want to minister to a community through faith-formation, education and health care. Thirdly, we want to provide a training ground for students at the school who aspire to become doctors, nurses, lab technicians and pharmacists. Bishop Markus has a vision to eventually develop a larger health care facility here to minister to a wide range of medical issues.