When Mary Kay and Fred Posey retired from the corporate world in 2004, God made possible “the dream of a Missionary Kid” to come to past. Mary Kay was born and raised in Nigeria when her pioneer missionary parents, Rev. Dr. E. Milford and Eleanor Katharine Howell RN accepted the call to work with the peoples of the Delta area in southeast Nigeria. In 1945 Mary Kay’s mother, a registered nurse, began a medical clinic. Her dad soon began to help build the buildings that became the Eku Baptist Hospital. Rev. Howell was a missionary advisor, trained pastors, teachers, and built churches and schools.
Leaving at the age of 15 to come to the states for her education, her dream was to return someday to help the village in which she was raised. In the intervening years God prepared us through education, work experiences in corporate management, Mary Kay miraculously saved from a debilitating car accident and experienced the healing hand of God concerning an incurable blood disorder (click for testimony). Also we were prepared by years of being an international speaker of the power of Jesus’ finished work of Calvary and of the application of what His Word says about us. An exploratory trip in 2005 indicated that redirection in the support of mission work removed the missionary doctors and financial aid from the operations of the hospital and other institutions in the Eku area. The seed of the medical clinic has generated the creation of a Nursing School, a Bible College, an Orphanage and Widows Center, a Christian Based Academy, a Leprosy Colony, multiple churches, and preaching stations. Help is needed to restore this once dynamic work based on Jesus’ direction to “preaching, teaching, and healing (Matt. 4:23)”. The villagers felt abandoned and forsaken after the missionaries left, however, in faith believing we stood on God’s Word that this place, “would Live and not die To declare the Works of the Lord,” and “that the latter would be Greater than the former.”