Recently a lady came by the Mukema Unit in Zambia for medical help. She had walked about seven miles to come to the Unit, crossing two rivers. She could not say what was wrong, just that she was having pains. Mathews, the facilitator, was unsure what to do as she did not share any symptoms that he could recognize. He referred her to the clinic at St Mary’s and she left. Her younger sister was with her and also a young boy. They had walked only a short distance from the unit when they had to stop because of the pains. They went behind an ant hill and found a place for her to lie down. While there she delivered a baby, out in the open, with only grass and leaves for a bed. There was no doctor, not even a mid-wife. Mathews helped get her to St Mary’s clinic. The next day, the mother and baby came by to thank him for his help and the new mom continued the long walk home. Just another day where there is no doctor.
At a unit in Luswishi, people brought a lady on a bicycle ambulance. She had just delivered a baby and the baby was fine, but she had not delivered the placenta. The lady was in pain and extremely weak, unable to talk. While they were trying to assess the situation she stiffened up, her eyes rolled back in her head and she became limp. Queen, one of the facilitators, rushed up to her and began praying, rebuking death and commanding life back into her body. They immediately began the long journey to the clinic. Queen continued to pray. About half way there the lady opened her eyes and seemed to revive. A short time later she began to speak and shared that she had died, but was now feeling fine. They got her to the clinic but the clinic was not able to help her either, so they took her to Kitwe where they were able to remove the placenta. The mother and baby have since returned to the unit, and they are indeed fine. Life and death can hang in the balance where there is no doctor.
The facilitators have a good relationship with the health workers at the local clinics. In fact, the government has come to both Mukema and Luswishi and trained the facilitators how to test for malaria. They have also given them kits for the test. The local clinics usually do not have medicine and they will write prescriptions for the people to go to Teen Missions for the medicine they need. Both units have become health centers for their communities. They are included in a list of five centers where mothers may bring their babies every month to be weighed. The government will then determine which babies are malnourished and recommend them to Teen Missions for nourishment assistance.
Teen Missions has brought hope to these Zambians. The light of the Gospel has indeed illuminated many lives, and eternity will tell the effects of the work the facilitators are doing there.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with these people the good news of Jesus Christ.