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Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes back Dr. Brett and Shari MacLean from Global Partners in Hope at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 to share about their continuing work in Togo, West Africa, assisting the development of medical centers and services. They will provide updates of their work alongside partners in Togo and plans for after their return to Togo Dec. 29. This is their second visit to Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.
Global Partners in Hope exists to meet the tangible needs of people in communities across the globe, delivering real, sustainable hope. They do this through a holistic approach that include cultivating meaningful relationship with local leaders and officials willing to partner with GPiH. GPiH then collaborates with these leaders in identifying tangible projects that have lasting impact on the welfare of local community. Only then does GPiH partners in the U.S. who can work with the community to facilitate the project’s completion.
The MacLean’s work is part of the effort initiated by the leaders in Togo who sought out GPiH to partner with them to bring sustainable changes to the health care system in Togo. The MacLean’s partner with national, in-country organizations to assist in building and equipping medical centers with both equipment and trained healthcare providers. This continues their work of the last 13 year in Mali and now Togo in West Africa assisting local communities in developing medical care systems.
Brett and Sheri MacLean share their time in Togo with their four kids. Brett is a Pediatrician and Sheri is a Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. “We have spent a gigantic amount of time on building the bridges and necessary relationships that will allow for long term success” Brett reports about their work over 2019. “Bridges with government officials, bridges with local leaders, bridges with partner non-profit organizations, and bridges with local religious leaders. In addition, we have been helping to oversee the building of actual, physical bridges as well” that ensure residents can assess the new medical centers.
The presentation is open to the public. The McLean’s presentation on Sunday December 15, at 10:10 a.m. will be at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ downstairs in Heron Hall. The church is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL, directly across from the shops at Periwinkle Place. For more information, please contact Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ at 239-472-0497, or check out www.sanibelucc.org.