Memorial Christian Hospital

Bowman undertakes next ‘humanly impossible task’

December 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

No one believed Dave Bowman’s first “humanly impossible” undertaking could become a reality. When the Rockford man, retired and with poor health, discovered that the Lost Boys of Sudan, brought to Grand Rapids in 2000, had never had access to health care, a dentist or doctor, he vowed to build a hospital in that war-ravaged country. There was no infrastructure there—no roads, airport, buildings, government. Bowman remained undeterred. “I asked God how this could be and asked people to do something,” he said. Finally he understood that he had to take the first step and go to Sudan to get the project started.  He formed a nonprofit organization Partners in Compassionate Care Sudan ( Less than a decade and thousands of volunteer hours and dollars later, the Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) was built and staffed, and sees 60 to 70 people a day. Bowman doesn’t believe in offering free services to the Sudanese people, but in helping them build an economy where they can use the resources at their disposal. With this in mind, he is on to his next series of what he calls ‘”humanly impossible tasks.” He wants the hospital to be self-sufficient by the year 2015. He wants to help the people in Sudan have access to clean water. He wants to see an economy become established, with drip irrigation, fish farms, and a year-round landing air strip. “It may sound impossible. What hospital is self-supporting, even here in the United States?” Bowman asked. “Is that possible, humanly speaking? No. I believe it’s going to happen.” Bowman described himself as practically floating in the air since his recent return from the World Medical Conference. While there he saw an example of an incredibly efficient water filter. Water-born illness is the prime source of sickness and death in Sudan, especially in children. The filters are small, simple and efficient. Bowman bought 100. Bowman said he wanted to be sure the filters worked before taking them back to Sudan. He took some water from his tap and ran it through the filter. Then he filtered some water from a fetid duck pond near his Bostwick Lake home. Both samples went to the Kent County Health Department for testing. They came back clean. The filters […]