This is a book which will help church leaders begin a community development program. Pastor Simon nurtured eleven church members through the process of becoming development facilitators, integrating spiritual and physical development in their towns and villages. The process is based on biblical principles showing how God expects people to relate to each other and to work together. Written for pastors, school teachers, leaders of women, men, and youth groups, Let’s Build Our Lives is a self-help book enabling a small group to read each chapter and learn through discussion of the analysis and application questions.
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About the Author
by Daniel E Fountain, MD
A graduate of Colgate University, the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1956), and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Daniel E. Fountain served with his wife Miriam as a medical missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1961-1996 with the American Baptist Board of International Ministries. During that time, he was the director of health services of the Baptist Church of Western Congo and the director of Vanga Evangelical Hospital. Through their efforts and those of the Baptist Community of Western Congo, the Vanga Hospital grew into a 400 bed teaching hospital with a nurses training school, family medicine residency, a rural health zone of 50 health centers serving a quarter of a million people, a church-based community health program reaching over 300 villages, and a whole-person care ministry to persons with HIV.
Dr. Fountain is the founder and former director of several health programs in Africa, including a health care training institute and a rural health care network. In 1984, he and Rev. Felicity Matala established an integrated medical-pastoral care ministry in the Vanga Hospital for the healing of the whole person which he directed until his return to the US.
A recognized authority on the treatment of persons with AIDS, Dr. Fountain has been the recipient of numerous awards for community health service, including being given CMDA’s “Servant of Christ” Award at its 2006 National Conference. Early in his career he was designated one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Year” by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1964. In 1996 Map International granted him its “Outstanding Medical Missionary Award” for his service in the Congo, and more recently he was honored by CMDA with its 2001 “Missionary of the Year Award.”
Dan has served as an Associate of MAP International, as a founding board member of Project MedSend, and from 1996-2001 as a Consultant to Southwestern Medical Clinic in Michigan. He currently serves on the faculty of the Christian Medical & Dental Association’s Continuing Medical Education Program and as an Assistant Professor at King College and Director of their Global Health Care Center masters degree program.
He is also the author of numerous books in English and French on community health and primary health care, including God, Medicine and Miracles; Primary Diagnosis and Treatment; Let’s Build Our Lives; and Health, the Bible and the Church. Dr. Fountain teaches internationally about the importance of caring for the whole person. A gardener and a musician, he makes his home in Florida with his wife, Miriam. The couple has three grown children and several grandchildren.