“…and He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:2)
HEAL Africa began as a small teaching hospital, but has now grown into one of only three referral hospitals in all of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More recently, the organisation has evolved beyond the hospital to encompass a more holistic approach, with 80% of their current work being community development programmes focused on health, education and spiritual welfare. Two of their inspiring initiatives are the Mercy Fund and Chaplaincy.
Every day the HEAL Africa hospital receives poor and displaced people who have come to seek medical assistance but are unable to afford treatment. As an organisation with a mission to compassionately serve vulnerable people and communities, HEAL Africa cannot turn them away. The Mercy Fund was created to cover medical and associated expenses for the most needy patients presenting at the hospital. Both Moise and Ketya’s stories give us an insight into what a big impact this initiative is making.
Abigael gave birth to triplet girls in August 2019 at the Provincial Hospital of North-Kivu, Goma. Immediately, doctors noticed that one of the babies, Ketya, pictured in the centre, had hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the ventricles of the brain) and needed urgent attention. She was referred to the HEAL Africa hospital for better care and specialised surgery. However, her mother Abigael was unemployed, as was her father who had lost his job three years earlier. Abigael knew that they would not be able to afford the treatment costs, so when she was told she wouldn’t have to pay a penny, she cried tears of joy! The Mercy Fund covered the cost of the surgery, and soon she was discharged with three healthy babies. She said: “Only God can reward those at HEAL Africa & their partners WorldShare for the noble work they are doing with the penniless in the DR Congo.”
Please remember HEAL Africa and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in your prayers. You can view our monthly Prayer Calendar here where we include prayers for all our ministry partners.
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