Medical Outreaches Report
Greetings in the wonderful Name of Jesus 2013 has started and looking back, I think one of the most outstanding Highlights this past year was to see the start of the medical outreaches.
Figure 1short term mission team from Mackay operation lift helping out in the Lab at the medical outreach. So looking forward to growing this as a means to do outreaches in the rural communities of Zambia
We have seen the expansion of the influence in Hospital ministry through chaplains and this year we had the opportunity to make two donations to Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) the second largest hospital in the country. This has greatly assisted in open doors for Pastor Chileqwa Ndola Rock of Hope now the chaplain at the hospital. The hospital administration has been amazed to see such donations being made by the church.
Figure 2 Pastor Chileqwa and Pastor Ken form Mackay with Hospital Official
Chileqwa the chaplain at NCH shared this in an email with me.
“We are very grateful for the donation made to Ndola Central Hospital on Thursday 2nd August and Tuesday 12th December, 2012 with your support. We believe through these donations we are touching many lives. More people of the world pass through the Hospitals than through churches. The City of Ndola is never the same; your donation has lifted the profile of the Church and has improved the image of the Hospital. Our prayer is that the good Lord our God will continue to bless all those who made the donation possible. The items donated so far are valued over K250,000,000 million.” (50,000 AUD)
Apart from the donation of medical equipment a request for office furniture was made as the hospital see’s and recognizes the impact of the chaplain and has elevated the position in the hospital will be assigning a room for an office. Amen to that move, Dr Jesus is in the house, as we say medicine treats but Jesus Heals.
Figure 3 one of 3, 20 tonne truck loaded full of medical equipment delivered just before Christmas
Figure 4 Pastor Chileqwa doing the official handover at the loading dock Nodal Central Hospital
There is one thing to make a donation and there is another when donations are made year after year after year, a partnership based on relationship is formed and doors for the Gospel open wider and wider. Two years ago I was sharing on proverbs 18:16 the gift makes room for The gift giver and brings him before great men, this week I travel and represent The Gift giver to look at the invitations in Malawi and Swaziland from the highest level of government. God is at work.
The Rural clinic project saw a number clinic’s come to completion; in Changkosa we found this clinic in June
Figure 5 for 11 years the was the birthing clinic that served a community of 12,000 people, the roof leaked the floor was mud and had no medical equipment at all
TTN & operation lift and the support of many converted it into this
Figure 6 New roof, cement floors working door this now just the backup clinic
Plus we added this
Figure 7 a new two room clinic, they expect the number mothers want to deliver here instead of traveling to town will be well over 100 a year
They had this as their medical equipment
Figure 8 this was there hospital bed, so they would just use the floor
So we took them a stack of this, (2012 containers shipped form city impact church and Victory church Maryborough contained almost 60 tonnes of equipment with replacement value over 500,000 was donated this year through the local churches)
Figure 9 6 Hospital bed and mattresses medicine, medical equipment, cupboards, desk, chairs, bed sheets, pillow case, blankets, uniforms, baby clothes, soap, cleaning products and more all taken to a clinic that less than nothing.
Now the government supplies this
Figure 10 the government supply’s free medicine for the clinic outreaches
And every month they do this
Figure 11 every month doctors and nurse come to run a free clinic
But it took a lot of this
Figure 12 A lot of work was done by all and a lot of donations and support came and made it possible.
This year also saw the construction completion of Imansa clinic
Figure 13 the last lot of funding has been sent and all the block work and the windows and door frames should be installed
And the construction of clinic Nagoma district
Figure 14 I received a report that the windows and doors and floor have all been finished and they are now constructing the toilet block
And as you read they are finishing the clinic Nsumbu and each place the church is in the front line and God Gets the Glory.
Figure 15 Operation mobilization missionary Donald has been overseeing the construction of the final stage of the Nsumbu birthing clinic the expect to finish this February (this being done 40 plus degree heat)
These rural communities see their health care form nil to good this is being done through the local church providing not just health care but an encounter with Gospel and follow-up.
Recently we hosted a handover for the recently arrived medical equipment from Australia (Victory Church Maryborough) to Kabwe General Hospital, during the formalities the meeting was often broken into informal testimony time as the Government, and the Hospital and all acknowledge the great things God is doing in the Hospital.
Figure 16 Pastor John, the Deputy Permanant secretary and the Executive Director of the Hospital (all active Christians) All with testimony’s of God healing deliverance and impact in the Hospital
The Government was represented by the deputy permanent secretary, he started his speech with how himself was a member of the hospital ministry team back in 1997, and shared a number of funny stories about upsetting the nurses in charge with doing deliverance and wanting to pray for patients. But on this day he was standing in the room receiving not there first but the 6th consignment of medical goods being donated through the local church. And as former member of the hospital Chaplain team was happy to see how God can use people from all over the world to achieve what is happening today, the church being a real testimony and seeing the ministry team going forth and preaching the Gospel. As he said “this is the Gospel in action”.
God not only made the gift possible but has divine timing, Talking with the executive directory a lot of the items donated were items on the hospitals budget list to buy, now having the item donated those funds are freed for other items, God is so amazing and making this all happen and the timing was perfect.
The hospital ministry team on yearly bases have the opportunity to reach out 12,000 patients and 12,000 family members each year, those receive Christ are followed by the team of volunteers Monday through to Friday, many are healed instantly and just have to wait to discharged, many others have their recover rates times slashed, others come for surgery only to find they no longer need it miracle after miracle occurs. Occasional the team save a life by just being there at the right time.
Now as the Chaplain office develops in Ndola we will see the number of reached through hospital chaplain teams double and possibly triple, Now dream with me, imagine if we worked with local churches all over the country and this happened in every hospital.
After the patients are discharge the team follows them up in their home and this where we see the discipleship and true commitment to Christ begin. In the container we received a number of bicycles which has been spread across a number of ministries, a great gift used to follow up and outreach.
Figure 17 Elijah loading bicycles for hospital ministry team and then another load for sports ministry and another load for rural evangelism team.
Figure 18 some Bicycle for the ministry team at rock of Hope
Our Donations don’t stop there, through Kabwe chapel and their branch church in small rural town of serengi where we have enough equipment to rehabilitate one ward but also provide other pieces of much needed medical equipment as well linen, blankets and hospital gowns for patients.
Along with these hospital we placed much need equipment etc. in small clinic and a home based care unit that a truly in need of these items.
Figure 19 this team of men women who support the community by going into the home with terminally and critically ill patients
Figure 20 through the ladies group Angela established in our suburb they made a much need donation of beds, medical equipment, and linen and hospital gowns to natseko clinic
We have seen two biblical principles in action with these donations
- The gift makes room for The Gift Giver
- If my name be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.
That is the impact operation lift and TTN are having as they partner with Local churches ministry’s and schools. At the end of the day it about Jesus the gift giver and as room is made and His Name is lifted up His will, will be done here on earth. Lives are saved, healed, delivered and transformed.