My Father’s Gift
Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope. He was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus Atabong’s journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a better place than he found it.
Linda C. Delaney, MPAS, PA-C Past President Texas Academy of PAs Past Director At Large of the American Academy of PAs
Jodey Arrington, United States Congressman, 19th District of Texas
Hana Qubti, Purpose Medical Mission volunteer
Clarke E. Cochran, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Texas Tech University. Author of Religion in Public and Private Life.
Dan Pope, Mayor of Lubbock
Tom Stanton, Vice President and General Counsel-Texas Methodist Foundation, Director Congo Project For Relief
Edward C. Benzel, MD, Emeritus Chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Bryan Mudd, News Anchor, KAMC-TV, Lubbock Texas
Margaret Mbehesa PhD, Special Education Consultant
Kent Hance, Former Chancellor Texas Tech University System, Former U.S Representative Texas 19th District
Mark Lanier, lawyer and author of Christianity on Trial and Psalms for Living.