MEDICAL MISSION PARTNER UPDATE:
Not sure medical ministries are making an impact? They Are!
Many people often wonder if the small part they do is really making a difference in someone’s life. After all, places like Kenya, Malawi or even Haiti are so far away and it’s hard to see the impact on the ground.
I am just back from a visit to Malawi in the southern part of Africa. I can tell you that some of the most seemingly inconsequential things can often be the greatest ingredients for change.
For example, having a good working set of lights in the operating room is critical for a surgeon to do his job. Yet many of our partner hospitals limit surgery to primarily the daylight hours because of very substandard lighting. This leaves the surgeon at the mercy of what light there is and can mean the difference between life and death. Because of your ministry, in January, two brand new sets of OR lights along with some other needed equipment and supplies were delivered by container to Daeyang Luke Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.
In Léogâne, Haiti, your ministry partner there, Hôpital St. Croix, is embarking on a new and unique project to significantly improve clinical services for women and children. Over the next couple of years, supported by a volunteer team of doctors and nurses from around the U.S., the hospital staff will be planning and developing a dedicated Women and Children’s Center within the hospital. This will be a fully equipped, modern unit where women from the region can seek specialized medical care and babies can be delivered in a safe and advanced facility.
Without the right kind of tools even the most skilled and steady hands will experience limitations. Because of dedicated ministry partners like you, the outcome of their work will not suffer because of outdated and substandard equipment.
This year you have equipped partner hospitals with upgraded equipment such as new autoclaves for sterilization, better ultrasound machines for diagnostics and modern hospital beds for patient care.
Medical Ministry is making an impact. You upgraded patient care and at the same time, improved your partner hospitals’ ability to survive long term.
But as hard as all of us work together on achieving long-term sustainability, the reality is that every one of our hospital partners has poor patients arriving every day, 365 days a year. Therefore your continued commitment and partnership is urgently needed – you can make an immediate difference in the life of one patient today. For example:
- $600 will pay for a C-section delivery at Hôpital St. Croix in Haiti
- $265 will cover the cost of one patient unable to pay their bill at Chogoria Hospital in Kenya
- $100 will provide needed drugs for 20 new mothers and their newborns at Ekwendeni Mission Hospital in Malawi
God has both a plan for long-term sustainability and also cares for the lives of people today. Please don’t grow weary. Please continue making an impact in the lives of so many people – for today and for eternity.