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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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A tribute

Vera Mae Sell was born in 1922, she worked hard on the farm and walked two miles (3.2km) to school.  She was a bright student in school at a time when young girls weren’t considered equal to young boys.  She worked hard to raise money to go to Olivet Nazarene University to become a teacher.  She married Dennis Kiper who was studying to be a pastor.  After that Vera and Dennis worked together to shepherd people in Nazarene churches in Iowa, Ohio, and Indiana. Dennis was a pastor and Vera led Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible Schools, and anything else the churches needed.  They loved missions and together they raised a family based on faith and love.  Dennis died in 2011 at the age of 92. Vera went to be with the Lord this year.

Dennis and Vera never came here to Papua New Guinea.  They never saw Kudjip Hospital, but they prayed for it.  They knew Jim and Kathy Radcliffe, long-serving missionaries there.  They believed in its work.  Their granddaughter, a doctor, even came as a volunteer…. so why does the Hospital website have a tribute to Vera and Dennis Kiper? 

A tribute is “an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration”.  When Vera went to be with the Lord in 2018, she and Dennis had left funds in their final will to go to their favorite ministry- Nazarene Compassionate Ministries as a final gift.  The fact that a hard working couple of limited resources would save up to give one last big offering is certainly a tribute to their beliefs.  Their family wanted to help make this a tribute that would truly honor the blessing that this couple was to so many people.  They decided to use the money and add some of their own to sponsor a project through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to Kudjip Hospital to build a staff house – a place special to Vera and Dennis.

The hospital put it in our building plans for next year. So while many of us here at Kudjip did not know Dennis and Vera, it speaks volumes of the lives they  lived, the faith that they had, and their love for ministry and missions. 

We talk about many things as important in our lives.  We love to espouse our priorities and passions… but the truth of what we have truly valued is judged by the lives of the people we impacted.  What will they say about our lives after we are gone?  This project, this tribute to the life of Vera and Dennis, tells us something deeply about their lives.  The family’s choice to honor them through helping missions at Kudjip continues the impact of their life and faith.  It encourages our staff and missionaries to know that they are not alone.  This ministry is built on the prayers and support of a host of people all around the world just like Vera and Dennis.  Their feet may never touch PNG soil.  Their physical hands may never touch a person here… and yet they are certainly a part of this family and this work.  Their prayers have helped us touch Papua New Guinea, their gifts have brought the good news to many.  They too have built the Kingdom of God right here in PNG.

A tribute is in some ways not only family and friends honoring a life, but emulating it.  In this sense, all of our lives as believers are to be a living tribute to Jesus Christ.  It is His life we honor.  It is His life we emulate.  It is His story we tell.  It is His name we lift up so that all may know Him!

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Partnership

New skid-steer, new lab venthood

This weekend was a good picture of our incredible external partnerships.

Saturday, we received a long-awaited container from our most frequent medical donor-

Nazarene Hospital Foundation.  Dr. Todd Winters gathers medicine and medical goods donations from a variety of church, NGO, and company donations. Many medicines on these containers come from Heart to Heart International.  On that container was also a new laboratory ventilation hood from another partner World Wide Lab.  We used our new skid-

steer to get it out of the container- bought

with funds from the Government of Papua New Guinea.  Even though it was a weekend staff and missionaries came in on their day off to form a brigade of people to empty the container.

new Incentive Fund project storeroom!

This was the first container put into the

storeroom funded by the Australian Government through an Incentive Fund grant in our new Hospital Expansion Project (expanding delivery, outpatient, surgery, admin, and more).   We are still building the internal storage racks but the building is already a huge benefit that we finally have a building more than big enough to offload an entire container of donations where our dedicated staff can

sort them this week!

We also currently have a visiting Work and Witness Team from Nebraska District Church of the Nazarene.  They are here to help with the critical need for more staff housing.  They help put a face to the international body of the church.  Sunday we went to a local Nazarene Church.  These personal connections are so powerful for the visiting team, those that sent them, the people of PNG, and for those serving here.  There was an instant bond of love. 

Staff box brigade!

Thanks to all our wonderful partners that invest in helping us meeting NHM’s vision “to express its faith through excellent health care, prevention, education and holistic community transformation.”

Nebraska District Nazarene WW team

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Put in your two cents: The economy of God.

by Dr. Scott Dooley, Hospital Administrator

The story of the poor widow is not a parable.  It actually happened (and is recorded in both Mark and Luke).  It says:

“But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.” Mar 12:42-44  (NIV)

Now I always thought Jesus was being a bit sentimental. I thought obviously the others put in more, Jesus is just speaking metaphorically, in that it was more meaningful to God because she gave it all.  I thought the lesson was just that we were to give it all and not look for glory when we give sacrificially. 

15 years of work in a mission hospital and seeing countless bush churches… and 8 years in administration dealing with finance and budgets has convinced me how narrow my old view was.  I am now convinced that Jesus is being literal.  God will literally do more with the two cents of obedient sacrifice given in love, than all the wealth of the world. We know it, but we don’t always live it out- God doesn’t need our money.  Things the world considers precious like gold and diamonds – God made them.  If He wanted He could just turn each church parking lot into gold and fund every desire of the church.  In fact, many people think that this is the final irony of the heavenly streets made of gold.  What we chase here, is just pavement in heaven!

So what does God value?  What is the economy of the kingdom?   

1 Jn 3:16 (NIV)  “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”  

Jesus paid the price to reconcile us to God.  He gave us life.  He gives us all things.  Nothing we give is really a sacrifice at all – it was all His.  When we give sacrificially we live out our faith to ourselves and others.  We trust God.  We are only giving back what is His.  We express His love to others by giving from what we have received.  We can be generous because we believe He will take care of His church and He will take care of us. He is limitless.

I have once again been reminded of this as we prepare for future work and witness teams.  A friend said he worried sometimes that people will see that the hospital is building these giant buildings in our infrastructure project and teams will come to make our smallest ancillary house for a security worker or a guy who digs ditches and mows lawns.  Some teams have felt like they are just putting in two cents compared to the wealth being contributed by other partners.  I said what I always say, “the key is that one doesn’t happen without the other”.  It is true, we have done a lot of projects… but every one of them has started with the people of God stepping out with compassion, faith, and sacrificial love.

I always think of one particularly powerful example.  We had tried for a few years to get donors for a multi million-dollar project that was critical to keeping the hospital functional.  The church gave and over time we got enough donations to try to begin to piece together a solution.  It wasn’t pretty by the world’s standards, but we kept praying and everyone kept praying with us that God would use all these “two cents” put together.  During this time we got a chance to apply to a major donor.  It turned out every step I would find things that technically disqualified us.  Repeatedly as we spelled out each problem, the donor openly made exceptions.  We even showed them our original plan to piece together the failed system.  The truth is we didn’t really qualify but we got approved for the money.  I had a phone call with the fund manager and I was dumfounded.  After a long conversation I just blurted out that I didn’t really understand how they gave us the funds without any of the technical and legal requirements we were supposed to have.  He said that they had seen our work and had no way to explain it.  There was no one like us.  He said, “we have seen who your church is.  You are the people that get it done.  You bring in experts and volunteers and people you couldn’t possibly pay what they are worth.  You get more done with little than we have ever seen.  We don’t know how you would have done it, but somehow you would have pulled together a working system with the little you had.  We just want to come along side and help you do it well.”  I can’t count how many times since then something like this has been said to us by foreign aid representatives, ambassadors, NGO’s, and PNG and foreign government officials. 

               More importantly, this happens not just in projects but in the hospital for the last 50 years.  Through church channels we have received alabaster funds, work and witness teams, short and long-term missionaries, administrative help, governance, and literally tons of donated medicine and equipment, without which we could not run.  These range from individuals knitting baby hats, to churches doing roller bandage drives, to partnerships with Nazarene Hospital Foundation, Heart to Heart International, or Samaritan’s Purse – the latter may send millions of dollars’ worth of medicines… but each of these is just giving what they can out of obedience.  This is what makes our hospital function long after the government has run out of medicines and supplies.  People travel sometimes days to get to us because we have a reputation for excellent and compassionate care.  They want to find hope in a place that feels like it is losing hope… and we are glad to share with them the ultimate hope found in relationship to Jesus Christ!

Church giving builds things that foreign aid is not likely to fund because it isn’t much to put their name on… but to us it is critical because it allows our Christian brothers and sisters to sacrificially serve here.  We also use church donations for key matching funds (many projects you can’t ask for money until you show that you have infested in it too.  When the church does that, it exponentially compounds what is given).

I say it all the time, “It is true that we build better quality at a fraction of the cost of any contractor in the country, but ultimately major donor’s don’t invest in our projects just because we are great at building things, but because we are a great hospital… and we are a great hospital because of the church.”  It is really all those people giving their last two cents -from the elderly lady I have written with who has supported this hospital literally since its inception, to the long-term missionaries who have given their lives to this work, to the visiting work team who pay their own way here.  This is what makes the hospital run.  It is what makes us unique.  It is why others partner with us – to be a part of something that works in a place where frankly it seems like nothing does.  More importantly we believe because it is the faithfulness of God’s people that God opens the floodgates of heaven to provide what we need to see His Kingdom come – right here in PNG.  Every year we see hundreds of patients and project workers come to Christ and new churches are planted.  We see lives changed and others ready to add their two cents too!

God is work – two cents of obedience at a time!

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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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THANK YOU for the Roller Bandages

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about how we use Roller Bandages (old sheets that are rolled up and used as bandages) all the time at the Hospital.  As a result of that, many of you have started to save sheets and roll sheets to send to us – THANK YOU.   One of the people who started to roll sheets, was Rachel Thompson’s (a missionary here) mom, Joyce.  Joyce recently came to PNG to meet her new granddaughter, and so she got to see some of her and her team’s hard work in action.  She got to see the roller bandages in action and meet many patients  who had benefited from the hospital having rolled bandages.  They were grateful for the bandages and the care they received and happily agreed to have their picture taken.  She wanted to thank you to the others who helped her roll bandages and I wanted to say thank you to all who help roll bandages for the hospital.  They really are a blessing to us and the patients.

Written by Erin Meier – www.erininpng.blogspot.comhttp://www.erininpng.blogspot.com
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Doctor training

Doing administration, I don’t get to do a lot of medicine any more, so this is one of my favorite pictures as a missionary doctor.  It is a picture me doing nothing!  Dr. Rebecca is a Papua New Guinea doctor doing her specialty training in Rural Medicine and has learned surgical skills at the Nazarene Hospital.  Here she is teaching another visiting PNG doctor.  It was great to see her pass on the skills she has learned. 

We hope to continue to see this more as we continue to train Rural Doctors and hope to start training PNG Surgeons soon too!  The picture on the right I got my last day of work before home assignment.  I think it is a picture of where we are going as a mission hospital – missionary doctors, PNG doctors and dentist, PNG registrars (specialty training doctors), PNG medical students, visiting residents with an interest in missions.  It is a sign of the increased emphasis in medical training and we pray will result in both more PNG doctors at Kudjip showing the love of God to patients, and also more PNG doctors going out to places of great need in PNG to do the same!

 by Dr. Scott Dooley (Hospital Administrator)

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Hospital Evangelism

 

We had the opportunity to do Hospital Evangelism recently on the wards.  Charity found some puppets that we have had, but don’t use as often as we should and so we had them join us for our Hospital Evangelism.  At times kids have been afraid of them, but Charity clearly explained that they had good manners and wouldn’t bite or eat them.  While some of the really little kids were a little afraid, the adults and the older kids seemed to enjoy them.  We shared the story of Jesus’s love for us through the PNG flag, which has the story right in it.

Black the color of Sin, which separates us from God.
Red the color of Blood, which Jesus willingly shed for us on the Cross
White the color of Righteousness, which we become as we believe trust and believe in Jesus.  This is represented in the constellation – the Southern Cross – which gives a visual of the cross Jesus died upon and the 5th star representing the place where the spear pierced Jesus shedding his blood.
Yellow (Gold) the color of the streets of heaven, represented in the National Bird of PNG – the Bird of Paradise, another name for heaven.

This story is not only a way to share Jesus with those who don’t know it, but also a tool for those who do know Jesus to be able to share with others.  What a privilege to share the truth of God’s word and the love of Christ with those who are hurting in the hospital.

Written by Erin Meier – to read more go to www.erininpng.blogspot.com
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One small step for a girl, one giant leap for Bethany

        Today, we all rejoiced as Bethany walked out of the hospital. True, it was more of a slow, steady hobble assisted by crutches, but the fact that this eleven-year-old is alive and ambulating today is truly a miracle. Ten months ago, Bethany came to the hospital with severe septicemia: a bacterial infection that swept through her blood reaching every corner of her body. Bacteria implanted on a valve in her heart, infection permanently stole vision from her right eye, sores opened all over her body, and the microbes finally settled into the tibia bone of her lower leg. Months of fighting infection reduced Bethany to just skin and bones. No matter how hard we tried, we could not overcome the infection in her leg. Unlike the typical osteomyelitis cases we see in children here, a shell of new bone did not grow around the dead, infected bone in Bethany’s leg. Usually, we wait for new, strong, healthy bone to form before removing the dead bone so that the strength of the limb is preserved. But this did not happen in Bethany’s case.
           After months of treatment, there was no sign of any new bone growth. So, in desperation, we removed a 5-inch section of dead bone in its entirety, hoping to remove the persistent infection and allow new healing. Whenever we took her leg out of the splint to change the dressing, it would flop and bend like a wet noodle where the bone was missing. For months, Bethany remained in bed or in a wheelchair, unable to stand or walk. At one point, we considered amputation as we lost hope that the leg would ever heal. Then, miraculously, new bone slowly started to form. Once her wounds healed enough to allow the limb to be protected in a cast, we permitted her to start ambulating. But after months of debilitating disease, she didn’t even have the strength to stand. Last month, in His perfect timing, God provided a visiting physical therapist who assisted Bethany’s rehabilitation as she slowly advanced from standing, to moving with a walker, to ambulating with crutches.  Now, after 10 months in the hospital, she is finally going home! She still has a long way to go, but this small step out of the hospital is a huge leap forward for one very happy little girl.

Written by Sheryl Uyeda – to read more go to  https://sherylmd.blogspot.com

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Kindly Light

 “Lead kindly light, amidst the grey and gloom

The night is long and I’m far from home
Here in the dark I do not ask to see
the path ahead, one step enough for me”
 
 
A couple weeks ago I walked into our pediatrics ward to begin my morning rounds.  A new patient and her parents awaited me on bed 10.  Maria had recently been taken for surgery for a possible abscess in the back of her throat.  Her surgery revealed very little, if any, infection there – but her neck still tightened and she complained of difficulty swallowing.  After examining her, I adjusted her antibiotic coverage and IV fluids, moving quickly on to dozens of other patients that needed my help that day.
 
The next day I saw a note from the on-call doctor who had been called to see Maria because of a “fit” – which turned out to be a muscle spasm, commonly encountered in one of the diseases I’ve seen working here in Papua New Guinea and have grown to abhor – tetanus.
 
Over the next few days, Maria’s body contorted itself in frequent, uncontrolled spasms – through which she remained conscious and alert but paralyzed.  She could not eat or drink and pain etched itself more deeply in her young face.  I remembered Lesley whose drawn out battle with tetanus ended when the spasms and subsequent paralysis overwhelmed his breathing and he died.
 
In a hospital with ventilators, the treatment of tetanus is difficult but largely successful.  The patient is put on a respirator and strong medications given to halt the spasms while antibodies are given to help clear out the infection.  Here, we haven’t been able to get the antibody treatment supplied for a while and we have no ventilators.  So we focus on “supportive” care – an IV antibiotic against the Clostridium organism, IV fluids for hydration, medicines to decrease the spasms – balanced against the need to not completely tranquilize the patient and halt their breathing.  We also place the patient in the darkest room we can contrive, blacking out windows and minimizing stimuli which are known to trigger spasms.

 
Several days into this treatment, I entered Maria’s room where her mother typically slept on the floor next to her bed, to avoid touching her and triggering the illness.  As my eyes adjusted to the tiny ribbon of light allowed through the side of her window I noticed that Maria, who had each day been lying on the bed, was now sitting up slightly in her mother’s arms.  She forced a weak smile on her face and after I reviewed her IV drip and medicines, glanced at her mother who asked me a question that inspired this post:
 
“Em i askim inap i go autsait na lukim san”
 
“Can she can go outside today for a few minutes to see the sun”
 
In the darkness of that room, the tears that instantly rimmed my eyes were hidden, but my breaking voice choked out, “yes.”
 
Often my patients are looking for a glimmer of hope in their struggles.  A kindly light to lead them out of utter darkness.  Sometimes that little hope goes against all medical reasoning, but I believe it is no less crucial.  Maria’s question taught me this in an instant.
 
“Each stumbling step where other men have trod
Shortens the road leading home to my God.”
 
The next day, Maria’s mother told me she was so happy to be outside that, despite having another fit in her room, she relaxed enough to eat a small amount.  Over the next two weeks Maria waged war with tetanus – occasionally being thrown into muscle spasms, occasionally glancing at the ribbon of sunshine in her room, kindling hope and gaining strength.
 
After a month in the hospital, I finally put my pen to Maria’s chart for the last time – not to sign her death certificate as I so often do, but to write her discharge order to go home.  
 
Through a rough and stumbling road in that darkened cave, the Light had brought her home at last.
 
 
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