Friday, June 28, was an exciting day at the Namwianga Hospital. The very first C-section was performed in Namwianga’s new surgery theater. The anesthesia team from the Zambian Ministry of Health came on Wednesday, June 26, to bring some new equipment for anesthesia. By Thursday the team was confident that the equipment was working well, so they visited nearby Kalomo Hospital and requested that instead of referring C-section patients to Choma (one hour away) or Livingstone (90 minutes away), Kalomo should refer patients to the Namwianga Hospital.
On Friday morning the first patient arrived. Dr. Stephen Chanda and Medical Licentiate David Kalimanshila performed the C-section surgery, along with the Ministry of Health anesthetist, Mr. Chelu. The 9-pound baby was delivered successfully, and both mother and baby are doing fine. Chelu said the woman probably would have died if she had been transported the longer distance to Choma or Livingstone.
The Ministry of Health team offered positive reports about the facility and the staff at Namwianga Hospital. The Ministry is providing additional equipment and supplies for the facility and has also assigned additional midwives to serve at Namwianga.
Thank you to the many donors who saw the need for compassionate, Christian medical care and gave generously to make the Namwianga Hospital a reality!
Update: A second C-section was performed on Monday, July 8. The mother and her 5-pound baby girl are doing fine!
More than 50 former missionaries, teachers, and family members who worked or lived at Namwianga Mission gathered for a reunion at Harding University on March 31. Iris Merritt Elder, age 96, was the oldest in attendance. She is the last remaining member of the original missionary families who settled in southern Zambia in 1926. Roy and Kathi Merritt were honored at a Saturday night dinner for their many years of service to Namwianga Mission.
Zyangale Sustainable Gardening Workshop
Namwianga Mission Farm Manager Thomas Simubali and six George Benson Christian College students conducted a five-day sustainable agriculture workshop at Zyangale Basic School from August 20-24. The 43 participants included pupils from the school, teachers, and local community members. Simubali and his team taught practical, affordable, and sustainable ways of growing food. The class members put their learning into action as they worked together to create a community garden at the school. The garden will be used to model best practices and will also supply food for pupils and needy community members.
Searcy Benefit Dinner Helps to Raise the Roof
The March 30th Friends of Namwianga Dinner in Searcy, Arkansas, added $30,000 to the Raise the Roof campaign. Over 200 guests enjoyed hearing long-time missionary Roy Merritt describe the history of Namwianga Mission. Guests also were challenged to participate in the ongoing effort to put new roofs on buildings at Namwianga. The generous response provided a significant boost for the Raise the Roof fund.
Construction on the new roofs began when the school term ended at Namwianga ended on April 21. Currently three dorms and the secondary school kitchen are getting new roofs.
Zambia Medical Mission 2018
Zambia Medical Mission completed six days of clinics on July 17. The 250 ZMM team members from America, Australia, Canada, and Zambia treated 10,600 patients, providing optical, dental, wound care, and medical treatment. Bible studies and spiritual counseling were offered to all who came to the clinics, and a children’s program used puppets, songs, drama, and visuals to minister to the children. Patients who needed cataract surgery were transported back to Namwianga Mission where Dr. Brett Teague and his team performed over 100 cataract surgeries. Zambia’s Prime TV sent a reporter and cameraman to cover the Simalaye clinic and featured Zambia Medical Mission on a nightly broadcast.
FROM HOLLYWOOD TO NAMWIANGA
The road to Namwianga Mission’s Eric’s House in Kalomo, Zambia was an unusual one for Jason and Cintia Kumalo. Just a few years ago they were living in Hollywood. Jason was an assistant director and Cintia was a makeup artist. Then Jason’s mother, Kathy Merritt, called them and asked them to come to Namwianga and serve as house parents for Eric’s House, a home for boys. Jason and Cintia decided to take on the challenge, and within a month they had sold their belongings, said their goodbyes to Hollywood and were on their way to Zambia. In addition to caring for the 30 boys who live at Eric’s House, the Kumalos manage sustainable agriculture projects to provide vegetables, eggs, and meat for Eric’s House and The Haven homes.
A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR SUCCESSFUL ZAMBIA MISSION FUND DINNER IN ABILENE, TX
The Tree of Mercy Benefit Dinner on October 28 honored Ellie Hamby for her 37 years of committed service to Zambia Mission Fund. Over 300 guests attended this year's event to honor Ellie and to celebrate the accomplishments of Namwianga Zonal Health Center. Generous dinner sponsors and other donors contributed over $120,000 to provide the funding needed to operate the health center in 2018. Highlights of the evening included Dr. Sandy Hazelip's remarks about Ellie and a video that described the impact of Namwianga Zonal Health Center in Zambia.
Building Leaders. Changing Lives.
Term 3, 2016
Dear Lovers of jesus,
- Cindy Robinson