Few African doctors wishing to become surgeons can afford the training without outside support. The PAACS (Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons) enables every qualified African doctor who wants to serve Jesus Christ through surgery to receive the training he or she needs. PAACS adapts the latest surgical thinking to the realities of the developing world environment. Training takes place in actual mission hospitals, offering a wide range of surgical experience together with real-life challenges. The total cost of this training is $55,000. For the price of keeping one North American missionary on the field for one year, PAACS can train a surgeon who will stay and serve for a lifetime.
Dr. Samuel Fabiano was born in Angola and spent some of his childhood in Portugal where his parents attended the Baptist Seminary in Queluz, Portugal. Upon returning to Angola, he spent some time at the Kalukembe mission station in central Angola and later moved to Lubango where he lived until finishing high school. He
is married to Amanda Fabiano and has a daughter, Isabella.
In the 90’s he was a volunteer with Youth for Christ in Namibia and Angola before leaving for college in the USA where he majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, graduating from Concordia University in Irvine, CA in 2002. In 2005 he worked as a volunteer coordinator with Christ’s Hope International, Namibia, and with the Care and Compassion teams assisting AIDS infected and affected people of Namibia. Later, in 2005 he started medical school at Ivan Pavlov State Medical University in St Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduation in 2011, he moved back to Lubango, Angola where he has been an intern at the Evangelical Medical Center in Lubango under the supervision of Dr Stephen Foster and Dr Annelise Olson. For Sam, it has been a great joy to come back to Lubango, the place where he grew up, and care for people in a Christian-based environment.
In April 2014 Sam was accepted to the PAACS general surgery residency program at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon. After five years of surgical training, Sam has successfully completed the PAACS training and has moved back to Angola with his family to begin serving full-time with CEML.