Zambia Medical Mission
“A Day of Dignity” – that is what the Zambia Medical Team strives to give the people of rural southern Zambia. Most of the people served are so far removed from medical clinics, that this is the only contact they ever have with a doctor. Last year, the Medical Team served more than 19,500 people over 6 days of clinics in 5 different villages. Patients are treated for medical, dental and vision problems. In 2010, more than 50 cataract patients were able to be transported from their village to the Namwianga Rural Health Center for treatment. The medical team also gives out Clean Delivery Kits to expectant mothers which reduces the infant and mother mortality rates. The Zambia Medical Mission also participates in a free wheelchair program that distributes chairs specially designed for the rough terrain of rural Zambia. This gives patients long-term dignity by giving them some independence.
Not only are physical needs being met, but also the spiritual needs of people in the villages. Children participate in a VBS which runs all day during the Medical Mission. Patients waiting in line are able to hear God’s Word spoken to them, and those wanting prayers or individual study can meet with members of the spiritual team. Last year there were 80 baptisms and many requests for churches to be planted in surrounding villages.
Wil and Jenny Pippin are members at GCR, and have been involved with the Zambia Medical Mission for over 15 years. Jenny was part of the original team that started this work in 1995. The Pippins are our direct connection with ZMM here at GCR, and travel to Zambia every summer, along with their children, to spend the entire summer working with the Medical Mission and many churches and schools in southern Zambia. If you are interested in helping with the Medical Mission, or are interested in spending a couple weeks in Zambia during the summer, contact Wil or Jenny for more information.