Highlands of Papua New Guinea: Just what are the team members of the Rural Health Division of the Nazarene Health Services feeling right now? The below quote helps to explain their feeling…
Back in June 2015, we published an update on the first part of the solar panel installation in the area. Read on as the overflow of blessings continue, as the second leg of installing the solar panels was completed. Not only that, but opportunities for discipleship were victoriously carried out as well!
Together with three national leaders, a team of five volunteers set out to Bana Nazarene Clinic located in the mountain range of Drekikier in the East Sepik province. The trip was for the installation of the solar system that will facilitate starting an immunization program, for volunteer doctors to help with clinical screening and treatment, and for a Community Based Health Care (CBHC) training and discipleship class for pastors and laypeople.
Trips like this are a rare opportunity, as it is a long journey (approximately 7 hours) to get there. The long travel was worth the wait though, as the team was warmly welcomed by the community. Excitement was evident among the people as they eagerly anticipated the changes in the coming days.
Each member of the team took on a particular task during their visit. Dr. Susan Myers, was busy all day with patients coming in from three government districts. They all flocked to the facility to see the doctor because there is no regular doctor available in that area. Others worked diligently on installing the solar panel system. The system will be used for various functions including powering the lights during night services and operating the vaccine refrigerator, which maintains the integrity of the vaccines that are used to treat all of the children in the area who have not been immunized over the years.
The rest of the team members did a tremendous job teaching pastors and lay people during the day and conducting fellowship and showing of The JESUS Film at night. The national leaders, on the other hand, spent their time on CBHC awareness and training. They began introductory training and made connections with ward councilors and community leaders who were in attendance. The councilors pledged their support of the program, and are eager to help bring real change in their respective communities.
“All of us felt the strong presence of God’s love and compassion during the trip,” said Gabriel Mahisu, director of Nazarene Rural Health Services. “I felt very privileged and inspired to have been part of the group who made a big difference in the lives of the community. It was indeed a very productive trip, and we thank everyone who made all of this possible. We praise God for his guidance, and for using us to open doors for the lost to see and receive Christ! There are still many challenges ahead, but we continue to be faithful in Him, as we pray for the transformation in the lives of 15,000 people in the community.”
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