To provide excellent Christian care, Harpur Memorial Hospital Menouf needs excellent Christian staff. However, the Egyptian health care system suffers from a shortage of well-trained nurses. The few university-educated nurses are often unwilling to serve in Menouf, and may know little more than apprentices. Menouf is blessed with many caring apprentices, or nursing assistants, who are eager to develop their skills, but they have minimal formal training. Dr. David and Becki Thompson have been slowly expanding the education offered to students, and the Eileen Coleman School of Nursing, a four month program begun in 2012, has outgrown the hospital’s limited facilities.
St. Mark’s Church has space available for the nursing school. Their third floor remains sound but unfinished. With minimal investment, this space could be prepared to accommodate the nursing school as well as interns and guests who come to Menouf for education and discipleship experiences. The space will be a resource for friends and students of HMH Menouf.s With a new kitchen and bathroom, light fixtures, fans, furnishings, and a fresh coat of paint, a permanent nursing school can be a reality, equipping HMH Menouf to equip nurses to serve their patients with excellence and the love of Christ.