New Health Centre Sierra Leone
More progress has been made with the construction of a new Health Centre for our communities in Sierra Leone. We are delighted to share with you new photographs as they are sent to us, showing how much development has been achieved so far. The latest shows the roof structure is coming along very nicely!
During their November visit to Sierra Leone, Janet O’Shea with Bethany and Esther Green were introduced to a church service congregation, where they noticed a young boy. Sitting next to his mother, he was in pain, whimpering quietly to himself, and it soon became obvious that there was something seriously wrong. His mother explained that two weeks earlier her son had been playing football when he fell and broke his leg - in two places. She could not afford medical help and could not raise the money for transport to reach a clinic where he could be treated.
At Mabang, the team met a young man with his two small children. He had just buried his wife because she had not been able to reach the hospital quickly enough.
In addition, at Brama School during a two-week visit in the summer, at least six children were taken ill with malaria, while at Bethesda two children needed treatment for malaria and one for typhoid.
Help was given to those mentioned, but it left no doubt of a great need for improved health care facilities.
Magnus Bendu expressed his great concern for the necessity of cheap, available medical support, and raised the consideration for funding to build and equip a local Health Centre.
Prayer followed these visits and Magnus’ request, and in June last year, Zion Community Church prayed as a whole community for confirmation that this was a project that the church should support.
God provided their answer with speed. That very evening a generous cheque was received (from a donor outside of the church community) for £5,000, which enabled the purchase of land, and this was followed in December by a donation from a Connexion church member for £30,000 to cover the costs of the build. Confirmation indeed!
We are excited to be charting the progress of this build and sharing the news with you as we receive it. It is a wonderful project and the Health Centre has the potential to transform the lives of our communities in Sierra Leone.
Together we thank God for His amazing answer to prayer!
We also ask for prayer that Sierra Leone will be spared from a widespread epidemic of Coronavirus. Their case numbers currently total 534 with 15 new cases reported yesterday (19 May). The total number of deaths is 33. Please continue to pray for protection over our communities and that all who are affected by the virus receive the necessary level of health care.
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