“For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.” Psalm 92:4
The people of Stone Hill have been radically blessed by our ministry partners; the Stone Hill medical clinic is truly a godsend—way beyond what we could have imagined. Praise the Lord!
You might remember this short video in which we expressed our need for a medical clinic. You generously responded to our request and helped us out. Thank you very much!
Before the clinic existed, Stone Hill residents could not receive even basic medical attention without first catching a taxi to the nearest state clinic, many miles away. Often, Africa’s notoriously unreliable transportation options meant they arrived too late to receive same-day assistance and were forced to return home due to the clinic’s long queue.
The state provides a mobile clinic that comes to the informal settlement only every second Thursday. Our clinic is completely privately funded by you and local businesses. Albeit the latter are contributing largely as a means to generate goodwill within the community, this corporate generosity—a familiar practice in the West—is itself a welcome anomaly in Africa.
We thank the Lord for you all!
We have a small cubicle stocked with basic medication and a nursing sister, Lee, who is on-site every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currently, she sees around 16 patients a day.
On Thursday afternoons and Sunday evenings, Dr. Bradley, our ministry leader, attends to more patients. Most patients so far have needed help with burn wounds, injuries, infections and suturing.
We’d love to extend our medical services to three days a week. One extra day open per week will cost the ministry $420 per month!
Dr. Bradley gives freely of his time to the clinic. We’ve also been approached by a Christian couple who have offered to donate services in physiotherapy and counseling in crisis pregnancies. They have starter boxes of essential baby supplies for mothers and their new babies.
Who would have thought that we’d become a crisis pregnancy center as well?
Isn’t this just amazing? How God’s people are networking across large areas, even continents, to help a struggling people, for the sake of the Gospel? You get to hear about it, as hopefully these “Dispatches from the Frontlines of Discipleship” paint a picture that puts you in the scene. But for those of us in the field who get to witness the lifechanging work of the Lord in person, it is surely an awesome spectacle to see!
We have another opportunity to make a wonderful difference for the weary and hurt. My friends in a very poor township near Lusaka, Zambia have a church building that they have built with their own limited resources. This is a particularly commendable achievement considering the scarcity of their supplies, the worn condition of their tools and the minimal if any means to attain construction know-how. Though perhaps a little rough on the eyes, its function—and the vision behind the building—is truly a thing of beauty. They need your help to add one room to the large auditorium, which will function as a medical clinic.
The community has the same issues as the residents of Stone Hill. Namely, mothers joining early morning queues to catch taxis with sick babies in tow, all to arrive at the state hospital and find lines that lag for days. Their meager funds expended on taxi fees, mother and baby—receiving no relief—get sicker from braving hours in bad weather.
This congregation of believers already has four doctors lined up. These healers of body and soul are willing to give freely of their time to support this Gospel outreach in their local community. The clinic room will cost $3,100 to build onto the church sanctuary.
We please need your help! Won’t you pray and see if the Lord is moving you to play, even a small part, in these vital ministry opportunities?
US tax deductible donations can be made right here: http://intouchmission.org/donate-to/charl-van-wyk/
Please remember to state how you’d like to partner in these ministry opportunities:
- Stone Hill clinic or
- Zambia clinic
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Charl van Wyk