CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Central Africa Medical Mission stateside committee! As has been our tradition for the last several years, I (Shelly Sievert, outgoing CAMM Chair) am writing the last letter of the year to you. On behalf of all of CAMM, our hearts are full as we look back over 2022 and the blessings that God has given us.
Each year and throughout the year, we can see the Lord’s generosity towards our mission to “Offer Christ-Centered Healthcare in Support of the Gospel ministry.” We saw it through the continued health and wellbeing of our staff in Malawi and in Zambia. We saw it through the qualified candidates when we needed to hire a new clinician in Malawi. We saw it when the Holy Spirit lead the moms with disabled children to have their children baptized. We saw it through the safe return to the states of our loyal and dedicated ex-pat staff, Gary and Beth Evans. We saw it through you – your prayers, gifts, pill bottles, baby blankets and layettes, and so much more.
2022 was a year of change for CAMM. As of June, we became fully nationalized in Malawi for the first time since we started serving there over 50 years ago. Nationalization means that the day-to-day operations for the mobile clinic are overseen by our Nurse-in-charge, Violet Chikwatu and Administrator-in-Charge, Lusungu Mwambeye. Violet and Lusungu manage the staff; stock the pharmacy; maintain our relationships with the local pastors and villages; relay what packages have arrived and from whom; communicate with our Field Director, Gary Evans and more! They also must handle things like a snake in one of the clinics (We think it was a cobra! We are proud to report that this situation has been handled). Here we see God’s provision in providing us two faithful Malawians with the right experience to run the mobile clinic.
Zambia has been and continues to be a well-run clinic with Jackson Kalekwa and Alisad Banda as the leaders. The changes for Zambia that the Lord brought us in 2022 are more structural than operational. This year, we saw the continued upkeep of the clinic buildings after the major renovations in 2021. We just finished the addition of a “Mother’s Shelter” at the clinic where pregnant mothers can deliver their babies and have some privacy. We are currently working on renovating one of our staff’s homes after assessing it for termite damage and we will renovate one of the houses on the Seminary campus for Alisad’s office. Each of the projects is an important piece to help our Zambia clinic run smoothly and continue to receive outstanding surveys from the ministry of health.
Finally, 2022 has brought changes to the CAMMC. We had a few volunteers step down from the committee. Thank God that last year he provided an abundance of new volunteers who we were able to move into the vacated roles and responsibilities smoothly.
Looking ahead to 2023, CAMM is excited to continue to serve those in Malawi and Zambia. We have been approached to potentially grow into some new areas, as well (more information will be coming in the next several months). We don’t know where 2023 and the coming years will take us but we do know that since the Lord is guiding our decisions, our resources and our mission, He will lead us to where He wants us to go.
As we rapidly approach Christmas and the wonder of all that God has done through the gift of His son, may the Lord be with you and continue to bless you through 2023 and all your days.
Central Africa Medical Mission Committee