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A LIFE TRANSFORMED – TO THE BIRTH OF A NEW CHURCH

Nazarene General Hospital- Jiwaka has a busy year in 2018 especially for the Chaplaincy Ministry with patients follow up and a lot of other activities. Chaplaincy Ministry, despite their tight schedule, takes time to visit one or two places every Sunday. On their list this year was Bekpe Preaching Point which was started from patient follow up.

Just like they do every day, Hospital Chaplains were seeing, praying and providing counseling to patients.  It was in Surgical Ward where they met a young man who suffered a machete knife wound – chopped in his left arm by his father for his bad behavior. By the look on his face, it was clear he was in so much pain and held such bitterness.  It was not an easy thing to forgive. He was planning to retaliate when he was discharge from the hospital. However, he was approached by the hospital chaplains who prayed and counseled with him. After sharing God’s word with him, he was convicted of his own bad deeds in this cycle of violence.  He started talking to the chaplains about what he was planning to do to the one who hurt him.

Having conviction in his heart, prompted by the Holy Spirit to confess his sins, he asked the Chaplains to pray for him and ask Christ to change him.  He then asked the chaplains the difficult question, “what am I going to do to my father who hurt me”? The chaplains shared with him the power of forgiveness and reconciliation as an alternative to continued violence.  After a day he said, “I think the best way to forgive my father is to start a church there – that will signal my peers, friends and families that I am a transformed person”.

After discharge, the hospital chaplains then scheduled to do follow up with other staff and students.  During their visit they meet with the family and community so the man could explain what has happened to his life when he was admitted to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital.  He told them he is not that same person he used to be, he has been transformed – old bad habits have gone and he was a new person. The whole community and family were over joyed with the news, welcoming him back and thanking Nazarene Hospital for not only fixing his physical need but also how helping people’s emotional, social, and spiritual life affect others. The community was willing to support him in this endeavor to build a church.  After two weeks his father came and they both reconciled to each other.  The family says building a church means a new beginning for the family and the community.

The Hospital Chaplain’s ministry continued to make visits with some willing staff twice a month, had fellowship, and taught them about the articles of faith of the church.  Offerings were given in in cash and kind to erect a new bush material church building. After discussions with church leaders in that circuit, all have agreed to have a new church planted there.  The circuit of churches will provide a pastor to take care of that church.

 

November 4th, 2018 was the official opening and blessing of the new church. NHM Chaplaincy Ministry at this time officially did the opening of the church and handed it over to the local circuit.

The chaplains planted 5 churches in 2017 and 4 churches in 2018 from patient follow up just like this!

 

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1. NEW STAFF HOUSE

With the Hospital Expansion Project, it also bring in new changes to other areas. To free up space for construction of new laboratory and pharmacy, the hospital management have decided that two old ageing building on site be remove to make way for new Pharmacy and Laboratory building. Through hospital maintenance department, they have decided to utilize those old materials with few new additional to built a similar set of buildings to accommodate staff who are really in need of house.

It was really a blessing to see very skillful hospital maintenance team to carefully relocate a duplex and a stand alone staff house to a new area. The value and the cost of rebuilding was remarkably low compared to what it values now. Both building now stood with new color and design giving a new image and value.

We thank God for such a wisdom and skills each individuals who involve in making that happened. We believe in God who enable us to do more than what we can able to do. Through the Hospital rent system, it is also helping most of the hospital aging building to have a facelift and they value changes.

Staff shared tears and thank God for such a blessing which they say they are grateful and  are fortunate to live under such roof. The days of bunking up with other family’s is over now.


 Hospital Staff house dedication

2. LIVES BEING TRANSFORMED

Each year it has been the culture for the hospital to host Spiritual Formation gatherings to enable workers to understand Gods Love and to demonstrate that love and compassion in patient care. It is all about serving others and to have that triads, quality and the ability to serve. Each worker regardless of where they serve, either be a carpenter, hygienist or nurse, they all need to be instilled and en-reach with whatever necessary attitude, Passion and skills to serve in the ministry. It is a program organized only during one of the weekends that is free and not interfere with their regular jobs.

This year 2018 was different as there were two different groups of people to attend that weekend retreat. One was the project workers and the other is the regular employees of the Nazarene Health Ministries.

It was a success to complete the two retreat on a high note with many souls turn to Christ. Both retreat were held consecutively on the weekends.

A total of 90 project/construction workers surrendered their lives to Christ during the project retreat and a total of 9 young men who are casual workers surrendered during the second staff retreat.  We led a total of 99 souls to Christ in that two weeks of retreat.

We are grateful and thank God for the project. It has given us a great opportunity to help bring Spiritual Transformation to individuals, families in their communities.

  
Project works giving their lives to Christ, accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

 

 

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