"I have come that they may have life and have it to the
full" John 10:10. As a group of Christian believers
working in healthcare, we firmly believe that there is more to life than physical
survival. Life in all its fullness is only found when we commit ourselves to Jesus Christ.
To that end, the hospital provides a wide range of activities to help meet the
spiritual needs of our patients and staff:
|Each day begins with prayers in the chapel or on the wards - all staff
are encouraged to participate|
|Church services are held weekly |
|Mr. Mhone (the chaplain/evangelist) visits each ward every day to talk
and pray with patients. In particular, he will spend time with those who believe that
their illness is a result of an evil spirit.|
|Christian literature in ChiTumbuka is distributed to every inpatient.
This devotional booklet offers short Bible readings relating to sickness and health.|
|A short talk is given every day in the outpatient department to those
waiting to be seen|
|Every member of staff is urged to remember the spiritual needs of their
clients, and offer holistic care, including prayer when appropriate|
|The HIV epidemic presents challenges and
opportunities to our staff as they endeavor to show the love of God to the sick and dying.
Our counseling of those coming for an HIV test, and our home-based-care training both
contain a strong Christian element. Recently, with the assistance of PCUSA, a synod wide
meeting of all ministers was held, equipping them to deal openly and compassionately with
those affected by the disease. We ask for your prayers, that our witness will be
characterized by the radical love of Jesus.
||"To be a good counselor, to
offer your clients the best that you can, you must be in a right relationship with
HIV Counseling Trainer, MTCT project, Embangweni, August 2001