Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
When the Central Africa Medical Mission was established sixty years ago, those who were on the stateside committee and their advisors had the foresight to establish a clear plan for the organization. When looking at a country for our services, they determined it was important for a mission to be established and that we could support the mission work through our humanitarian work. They also desired to only go into a country if there was an opportunity for Nationals to serve our patients. Finally, they set forth guidelines about nationalizing the clinic in future years. Because of the foundation laid in the last 60 years and God’s continued generosity, we have been blessed to serve over 50,000 patients per year in Zambia and Malawi.
As we approach our 60th anniversary in Zambia, we reflect on God’s continued grace to our clinic and our staff, which includes 10 Nationals in Zambia. Our Zambia clinic has been operating with little oversight from the stateside committee for close to 15 years and thrives! In fact, they were recently granted the honor of being chosen by the Ministry of Health to be the site as a cholera clinic over the government clinic. We celebrate our clinic’s success and continue to thank God for the opportunities we have been given to serve Him there.
Although 2020 was a tough year for the world, it gave us time and the opportunity to look at our clinic procedures in Malawi which have been operational for over 50 years. We currently employ 11 Nationals, one of whom is a registered nurse who received the Althea Sauer scholarship for her nursing degree. Fifty years ago, we were established to empower the National staff to take on more responsibility when the time was right.
After 50 years, our CAMM stateside committee, with guidance from the Administration Committee for Africa, and with prayerful consideration, has decided that the time is right. God has provided us the right staff, the right ex-patriots to train the staff and the right support to do this. Beth and Gary Evans are spending their last 18 months in the field training and evaluating the staff so we can confidently empower the staff to take on the day-to-day clinic operations.
We thank God for the opportunity he allows every day for our clinics to operate, for the staff to care for the patients, for the chances our staff is given to share their faith and for his continued generosity. We thank God daily for you, our supporters, as well – for without your prayers and YOUR generosity, we could not continue the work that we do. Please continue to keep our clinics, staff and the patients in your prayers. We know that God will bless our plans and guide our decisions for His glory, as he tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Written by Shelly Sievert on behalf of the CAMM Stateside Committee:
(Shelly Sievert, Chair; Bea Punke, Treasurer; Kris Olson, Secretary; Cindy Fietzer, Nurse Coordinator; Linda Liesener, Outreach Director; Stacy Stolzman, Development Director; Angela Sievert, Public Relations Coordinator; Cheryl Valus, Contact Woman Coordinator)
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PO Box 64064
St Paul, MN 55164-0064
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