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January 2020

CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION – MALAWI/ZAMBIA

January 2020

 

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.’” Lamentations 3:22-24

At this time each year, I can’t help but look forward to the next year and in this case, the next decade. The thoughts of something “new” – new beginnings, new time to use better, new, new, new – and it is exciting.   At the same time, I can’t help but look back and reflect on the previous year – what was accomplished, what was learned, what created joy.  I get to do this in my personal and professional life.  As a member of The Central Africa Medical Mission, I also reflect on what 2019 meant for CAMM and what plans we have for 2020.

2019 was another unbelievable year for CAMM.  God’s blessings for the work that we do shouldn’t ever surprise us, but regularly we sit at our meetings in happy surprise and humbled awe on how God does.  Here are a few highlights of the year:

  • ·    In Mwembezhi, Zambia: Alisad Banda, Administrator, and Jackson Kalekwa, Clinical Officer, continue to handle the day to day operations at the almost 60 year old clinic.  Under the guidance of these 2 men, the clinic continues to serve over 10,000 patients a year. We are blessed that both of these men are our brothers in faith and are able to let God’s light shine in their interactions with the staff, patients and many others.
  • ·    Gary and Beth Evans settled into their second year in Malawi. The Evans continue to be a wonderful blessing that God has given CAMM.  Their experience, guidance and dedication to the mission have enabled us to be more collaborative between our Malawi Operations and our Zambia Operations.
  • ·    Beth has focused on working with the staff to improve how we triage our patients at each clinic site in Malawi, signing them up for training sessions for their own professional development and empowering them to bring their suggestions forward.
  • ·    Gary has focused on the grounds of our clinic sites in both Zambia and Malawi.  In Zambia, we are readying the “new” clinic building for move in, so we can create more space in the old clinic building.  In Malawi, we have made major improvements at our Mwalaulomwe clinic building, including a new procedure room and are continuing to work on the plan to improve Msambo and Thunga.
  • ·    We were blessed with many donations from our supporters – monetary and otherwise, including pill bottles, baby hats and blankets, sunscreen and more.  (Please make sure to reach out to Cheryl Valus, Contact Woman Coordinator, for a list of special projects that are available.)
  • ·    There are so many more blessings that CAMM has received in 2019 – most of which been highlighted in the monthly letters and on our Facebook and web pages.

As I sit in awe of what God has allowed us to do in 2019, I can’t help but look forward and be excited about 2020. Here are some of the things that we are looking forward to:

  • ·    Continuing to repair our clinic sites and boreholes in Malawi
  • ·    Repairing the old clinic building in Zambia
  • ·    Continued collaboration with our teams in Malawi and Zambia and possibly other organizations
  • ·    Hiring a few new staff members
  • ·    Helping others go to college with the Althea Sauer Scholarship and more – much more!

Plus, as we approach 2021, we will be celebrating God’s Grace for the 60 years of operations in Zambia for the Central Africa Medical Mission.  We will focus on all that God has guided us to do in our first 60 years and prepare for the next 60 years.  Please keep your eyes open for all of the different projects that we will be highlighting in 2020 – 2021!

With 2019 wrapping up, our prayer for you is that God continues to bless you as He has blessed CAMM.

Shelly Sievert – Chairperson – CAMM Committee Stateside

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