MORE PROGRESS!

The villagers are excited, the nurses are excited, and we are excited! Our new clinic is coming along! Check out our latest photo!

AFRICAN VACCINATION WEEK!

Vaccinated communities make healthy communities! Medical staff from Munyarari Clinic recently visited 5 outreach areas to vaccinate children under 5. Large crowds met our staff with happy faces, singing and ululating!

BUILDING IS PROGRESSING!

Our Outpatient Clinic is moving right along.  This is a satisfying culmination of the efforts of many people, from fundraisers in the states to village residents making bricks, to local residents and workers doing the manual labor. Here are some recent photos of happy workers.

A Good Samaritan Story

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At one point along the way we slowed down. On the side of the road, laying in the ditch, was a young girl. She couldn’t have been more than 16.

Luke 10:29-37(NIV)

As a Christian, I have read the parable of the Good Samaritan at least a hundred times and each time I read it I would think to myself, “What hypocrisy, what self-righteousness, the priest and then the Levite demonstrated!”

Oh how I still remember that day back in 2007. My wife and I were on a mission trip in Zimbabwe. We had hired a local driver to take us from Mutare to a United Methodist Mission in Munyarari. We were meeting people at the mission with the hope of beginning the planning and construction of a medical clinic.

We were feeling good that day. It was sunny and warm. I remember thinking how God had laid this mission on my heart. I love Jesus Christ and I felt compelled to help build this long needed clinic. I remember praying that morning. I asked God to lead me in whatever direction He wanted me to go.

The driver put us in the back bed of the pick-up and off we went. On the way, our driver picked up people along the side of the road as we were traveling. This seemed to be normal for him, even though we had hired his services. As we passed people walking to work, he would stop, smile, say a few Shona words, and folks would pile into the back of the truck with my wife and me. We were all crammed in like sardines but no one complained. Everyone seemed grateful to have a ride. We found out later that some of these people walk as much as 20 to 30 kilometers a day just to get to work.

At one point along the way we slowed down. On the side of the road, laying in the ditch, was a young girl. She couldn’t have been more than 16. Her mother was standing over her trying to lift her up off the ground but couldn’t get her up. It was obvious the young lady was very sick and could hardly stand or walk. Instead of stopping, we all just looked at the two of them and kept going. After we had gone another kilometer or so, guilt enveloped me. The farther we drove, the more I despised my inaction. Why hadn’t I told the driver to stop to help?

When we finally got to the Munyarari Mission I asked the driver, “What was wrong with that young girl we passed on the side of the road?” “She has HIV/Aids”, he said. “She’ll probably die.” I walked away and began to cry. “Oh Lord, forgive me. Forgive my sin against you and against one of your children in need.”  You see, I had responded just like the priest and the Levite. I too, passed on the other side of that road.

I will never forget that day and I don’t want to. I know the Lord has forgiven me but His forgiveness calls me to action. I will try, with God’s help, to spend the rest of my life making myself available to those who are left on the side of the roads I travel.

Lord Jesus, make me see with more than my eyes. Open my heart and mind to your will. Allow your love for those in need to fall upon me that I may be the Samaritan you have commanded us all to be.

Malaria Can Be Defeated!

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We later learned that the boys successfully transported their mom to the clinic, but it was too late.

My wife and I set out on foot to visit a few of the villages surrounding the Munyarari Mission. We had walked about 9 kilometers, close to five miles, when we came upon two young boys. They couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old. The eldest of the two had a long tree branch in his hand to prod two cows. He and his little brother were driving the animals that were pulling a makeshift trailer. It looked odd because the trailer was bigger than they were. As they got closer, we could see something, or someone, in the trailer. It turned out to be their mom, who was very sick. The boys, not realizing the seriousness of her condition, were trying to get her to the clinic for medical help.

We later learned that the boys successfully transported their mom to the clinic, but it was too late. Unfortunately, she passed away due to an advanced stage of malaria. What a tragedy. These two boys became orphaned by a curable disease. If only she had recognized her symptoms earlier and gotten the proper medicine in time, she would not have died from this disease.

This is another clear example of why medical outreach and health education must go hand in hand with having a medical clinic within a reasonable distance for each community. By having a systematic medical outreach program, using local community volunteers, we can develop an effective, low cost, health education program at the local, grass roots level. The rural medical clinic staffs will be able to teach and train local volunteers to diagnose the early symptoms of many of these life threatening diseases. They will teach about the causes, methods of prevention, and need for speedy treatment. Their connection and relationship with the local people will offer assistance and direction for getting the necessary treatment.

These young boys didn’t need to lose their mom. We have the power to make a difference, changing and saving lives. May God soften our hearts so that we reach out and become part of the solution for those in such desperate need.

We Need Your Help

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Without a modest and immediate infusion of capital, these clinics will continue to decline and lives will continue to be lost.

We Need You as the Chabadza Healing Hands Campaign Kicks Off!

In July, 2014, eight members of our mission team visited five rural medical clinics in the remote rural regions of Manicaland, Zimbabwe. It was clear to all of us that these clinics, while strategically located, suffered from a long period of neglect and support funding. All were in need of significant repair, maintenance and infrastructure additions and/or replacements. Past funding to address these issues had come from a small allocation from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, other non-profit organizations, or mission groups from abroad.

There are no alternative care facilities in the rural communities served by these clinics. Without a modest and immediate infusion of capital, these clinics will continue to decline and lives will continue to be lost. We implore you, as part of the Christian community, to join with us in repairing and revitalizing these clinics.

In order to return the clinics to an acceptable medical standard, we estimate the collective aggregate cost to be $1,250,000 to $1,300,000 U.S. dollars. That’s an average of roughly $250,000 U.S. dollars per clinic. Further, we estimate that a modest annual amount of $10,000 U.S. dollars per clinic will maintain each of these five upgraded facilities on an ongoing basis.

BoyInDoor-2012-pictures-104When Christian communities unite to address these needs, we are confident that we can collectively make the necessary improvements. With your donations, we will save lives!

Jesus healed the sick and was compassionate to the marginalized. In John 14:12, Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…”

He says in Matthew 25:40, “…truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Finally, in James 2:26, we read, “For just as the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.”

Please put your faith into action and join our effort to improve and save the lives of the people of Zimbabwe who are in desperate need. We are asking you to open your hearts to the marginalized. 100% of your tax-deductible gift to Chabadza will be used to support our work to repair and revitalize these five rural clinics in Zimbabwe.

You can share our mission with others by directing them to our website as well as to our Facebook page. We can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. Together, we can bring hope and healing to our brothers and sisters in rural Zimbabwe!