In spring of 2012, we started construction on the Starfish Ministries Tricotte Medical Clinic. As we finalized the plans we recognized that if we had some additional land we could better accomplish the overall goals we had established. For several years we had tried to purchase an adjoining lot with no success. But after praying and negotiating, last March we were able to purchase this lot. And then the plans for the building really started to come together. And the medical clinic grew! Now we are about two thirds finished constructing a four story small hospital. Due to the “lay of the land” we now have two daylight basement floors below the main medical clinic floor. These two floors will be utilized for medical staff apartments and two rooms for overnight patients. Then the fourth floor we will use for our Starfish Ministries offices.
Of course more than doubling the size of this facility has resulted in more than doubling the cost as well. But again God is so faithful and the Great Provider! Although we are still a little short of the total needs, a lot more of the money has come in. Thank you so much for your financial support for this tremendous ministry opportunity.
Often in Tricotte we see family members carrying a sick child or adult through the village on their way to a medical clinic another two hours away. We don’t know how many just don’t get medical treatment due to the distance. The path in front of the future clinic is starting to be a meeting place for many. They are really excited about having this facility to meet their medical needs and are watching closely for its opening. We estimate it will be approximately six more months before we will be ready to open.
This clinic in Tricotte will not only provide much needed medical care for Tricotte and tens of thousands of villagers in the area but it will also provide an opportunity to provide spiritual care. We will have volunteers from the Tricotte Church prepared to share with patients and family members the gospel of Jesus Christ and trust that God will use this ministry to accomplish much for His Kingdom.