When PCC was founded in November 2003, our desire as a Board was to someday see both the Hospital in South Sudan and Partners in Compassionate Care in Grand Rapids being led by Sudanese. We were blessed to have Jacob Gai (a former "Lost Boy") after he graduated from Grand Valley State University in June 2009 become our first Site Administrator at Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH). Jacob stepped down when his contract expired in July 2011. Then God led us to Deng Jongkuch, (another of the "Lost Boys") who had earned a Masters in Public Health Degree in San Jose, California, to serve as our second Site Administrator. Deng served in that position until June 30, 2013 when he had decided to bring his family to America after his contract expired. Deng gave a great report to PCC of what our strengths and weaknesses were at MCH in July 2013. The PCC Board was amazed with his wisdom and insight. After that meeting with the Board, I suggested that we consider Deng to become the Director of Development for PCC subject to God providing funding to PCC for him and his family. This was a big step for PCC since we were all volunteers and had never had any paid staff in the US.
Even though the PCC Board knew that we served a BIG GOD, we were simply amazed when God provided more than enough funds for his first year of salary in just a couple of weeks. Deng and his family moved to Grand Rapids from Louisville, Kentucky in September 2013 and now works daily with me and other Board members. He has been a phenomenal blessing to the PCC Board and has brought us to the next stage of ministry.
I recently presented my vision for the future of PCC and suggested that the time had come for PCC to be led by a Sudanese. Rev. Kevin Kinsinger, who had served as PCC's Executive Director, willingly stepped aside (Rev. Kinsinger remains a PCC Board Member) and Deng Jongkuch was elected as PCC's new Executive Director. Congratulations Deng!!
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to introduce PCC’s new Executive Director, Deng Jongkuch. He has prepared the enclosed letter for you to highlight the recent accomplishments and current needs of Memorial Christian Hospital in Werkok, South Sudan. Deng has a unique insight to the challenges of the hospital because he is Sudanese and he served as Site Administrator for two years.
January is the beginning of 12 years of working in South Sudan. God has done many amazing things for PCC on behalf of Sudanese who have struggled through years of civil war. The road has not been easy for us - actually there are no roads in South Sudan and we have been blazing new trails, figuratively and literally, in this fledgling country.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers and support over the years. As I prepare for my 17th visit to South Sudan, I am reminded that this ministry is truly a partnership of God’s people being the hands and feet of Jesus as we share hope and healing with people who so desperately need it.
With sincere gratitude,
David Bowman Partners in Compassionate Care Founder and Chairman