From the beginning Wanda and Sydney Knox without formal training begin to provide simple care to the sick and injured. From that simple care came about the health centre to a Hospital now. We praise God for the last 50 years of hope, truth and healing to the people of Jiwaka, and Papua New Guinea.
We praise God for the wonderful service and celebration through the week with testimonies from pioneer missionaries and nationals who have given their life and contributed to the development of this place.
Special Acknowledgement was made to the international delegates, pioneer missionaries, Districts Superintendents and our retired nationals.
During the week of celebration a special tribute was payed to those who have died and cannot be physically present at the anniversary to witness. Many poured out tears as they heard the stories of how these early workers first worked and saw patients with limited resources. It was a wonderful time of reflection over the past 50 years as the healthcare grew to be a fully functioning facility with delivery, out patients, medical, surgery and primary health. There have been many great achievements over the last 50 years and we are looking to the future with even more potential to grow this ministry. It’s because of each and every one involved: from staff who continue the work of compassionate care, to our prayer and financial partners all over the world who also have a heart to help give hope to those in need.
DS Andrew Akus shared the first night, and reminded us that no matter what we do or where we go, the most important thing is showing God’s love in such a way that a person may come to know Jesus. Praise God that faith put into action has been the focus of the hospital. As God has loved us, we love and serve others. Because of the love of Christ shown to patients through the years, countless 1000’s of men and women, boys and girls have heard of Jesus and made the decision to become followers of Him as well. More than 30 churches have come about from patients requesting that the hospital Chaplains visit their home area and help them start a church. The healing that has occurred hasn’t just been physical, but spiritual, something that will last far longer than just the physical. These spiritual changes have resulted in healed relationships, marriages, and communities.
Pioneer missionaries came to celebrate what God has done over the years. Dr Neville and Joyce Bartle from New Zealand, Sister Jan Watson from Australia, and John Bromley (son of William Bromley – one of first missionary’s in the Jimi valley) came to celebrate. The first nursing graduates from the college and others who have worked here like Papa Yapo and Sandy (driver for 40 years) also attended. The pioneer and long-serving staff were awarded with medals of recognition for their hard work in this ministry.
The celebration ended on Saturday morning with words of encouragements and blessings from representatives of the international church – General Superintendent Dr. David Graves, Regional Director Dr. Mark Louw, and World Mission Director Dr. Vern Ward who himself served as a missionary to PNG.