60 Years of God's Grace


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken (Christian Worship Hymn 334)

It is with glorious praise that the Central Africa Medical Mission celebrates 60 years of service in Zambia in 2021 and 50 years of service in Malawi.

On November 26, 1961, the Lumano Lutheran (Mwembezhi) Dispensary was dedicated near Lusaka, Zambia, as over 500 people including the Sala Chief Shakumbila looked on. The theme was “Come unto me, and I will give you rest!” As we enter 2021, thousands will come to the same clinic site seeking healing of the body and soul. During the past year, the old clinic building underwent major renovations. Many of those renovation photos can be viewed on this site. The building has been upgraded so medical services can continue for years to come – years beyond our lifetime. Much of the renovation has been funded by our former nurses and health administrators.

In Malawi, medical services began in the late summer of 1970 as a mobile clinic. The “several weeks at three regular clinic stops saw over 1900 adults and 700 children in our under-five clinics.” Amazing for their “first try in the bush with medicine”. Edie Schneider Hintz (Let Us Do Good by E Wendland & T Sauer pg 32) The Lutheran Mobile Clinic currently serves 4 rural villages. Annual attendance varies between 47,000 to 58,000 patients. Those clinic buildings are also being renovated or replaced with funds from a few generous individual donors. The people in these villages trust the Lutheran Mobile Clinic to provide healing of body and soul.

On October 9th, 2021 we will celebrate the progress since the first dispensary doors opened. We would like to thank the nurses and health administrators who volunteered years of their lives to travel from family and friends to “provide opportunity to all believers.”

We would like to praise the Lord for all the blessings the Central Africa Medical Mission has received.

This event is not a fundraiser for the Central Africa Medical Mission. It is a celebration of the medical mission work in Zambia and Malawi.

The day’s activities will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. While the morning activities will be only for past alumni and their guests, a late afternoon worship service is scheduled at Grace Lutheran Church at 5pm. The service will be open to the public. More details about the service will be posted at a later time when capacity and live streaming abilities are determined.

A meal and program will complete the day’s schedule but will be invitation only due to restrictions.

Questions may be directed to Linda Liesener (Event Chair)