For every one million people living on the continent of Africa, there is only one surgeon.
For the past 35 years, Dr. David Thompson and other surgeons have been trying to fill the need for better medical care in the heart of Africa.
At the young age of 14, Thompson promised God that he would devote his life to helping sick people live to hear about Christ's love.
Even when his parents were killed by North Vietnamese soldiers during the Tet Offensive in 1968, he never wavered in his commitment to medical missions.
Thompson later established Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Central Africa, with the help of The Christian and Missionary Alliance where more than 1,000 people each year for the past 15 years have put their trust in Christ.
Thompson has written two books, "Beyond the Mist," and "On Call," about his experiences in Africa.
In 1997, he founded the Pan African Association of Christian Surgeons, a widely recognized training institute for African surgeons.
Thompson has announced he will transition to another country next year.
***Dr. David Thompson spoke about the conditions of the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, the greatest needs of the people he was trying to heal, and his efforts to lead thousands of people to Christ while serving at the Gabon hospital, on Christian World News, March 23.