Joe and Mame Starke
Serving in Niger
From: United States of America
Who we are:Joe and Mame Starke have been married for 32 years. They have shared a heart for ministry since they met during their university training. Early in their marriage they spent two and half years setting up an operating room in Teshie, Ghana just outside the capital. Once the project was completed, they returned to the US where Joe joined a surgical practice in Columbia, Missouri. After 12 years of practice, they returned to mission work in 2009. They have six children ranging in ages from 19-29 years. Moselle, the oldest, is married to Kevin, on November 6, 2014, Ransom Forrest joined their family and on November 2, 2016 Gideon Justice arrived. Moselle is in her fourth year of an OB/GYN residency and Kevin is part time domestic engineer and part time environmental engineer. Gunnar, the second born, is in physical therapy school. Hannah, the third, is teaching in St. Paul, Minnesota. Spencer, the fourth born, is married to Maddie and is working on Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Development at Ball State. Marette and Cora are at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Marette, the fifth, is an exercise science major, and Cora, the youngest is studying biology.
What we do:Joe is a surgical oncologist who joined the SIM hospital team of physicians in Galmi, Niger. There, he has helped to start a Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) surgical residency program at Galmi Hospital and is the program director. The training program began its sixth year January 2017. There are six residents, one in fifth, one in fourth and third, two in second and one in their first year. The program is only for African trained doctors and emphasizes excellence in not only medical training but spiritual discipleship. The vision for this program is not only to train future surgeons but also to develop Christian leaders who will impact their workplace, church and community with Christ's love. Mame works as the gestionnaire in the hospital pharmacy, as Teamleader for the Galmi station, and takes on some of the administration responsibilities for the PAACS program.
Involved with:Medical and Health Ministry
Current Funding: 100%