In 2009, floods took out the dam for the hydro-electric system at Kudjip Hospital in Papua New Guinea. Since that time the hospital has struggled with high electrical costs, frequent power outages, and surges damaging major equipment. This all makes running a major hospital very difficult. Much of the other parts of the system needs repair or replacement as well. Finding the large amount of money required for such a large and technical project seemed difficult. For the last couple years, the hospital has raised funds through the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries website and other church avenues. This has raised about $120,000! Now of course, this isn’t enough for the whole multi-million dollar project but we know what God does with sacrificial giving! The hospital used some of the funds to install a large diesel generator for backup power during power outages. They were blessed that Samaritan’s Purse sent a team to install this. The hospital also used the information of the fund raising to show to large donors their serious commitment to getting this done no matter what. (Of course, donors wouldn’t help with major funding unless the hospital was already sacrificing and putting into the project themselves).
Dec. 8th, 2011 Nazarene Health Ministries signed an agreement with Incentive Fund, which utilizes AusAID funds to build major infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea. They have generously given the rest of the funds, contributing the overwhelming majority of total funds needed to rebuild the entire system! With a second donor being PNG Sustainable Development Project, plus Nazarene raised funds, the hospital will have all they need to build a good system that will last a long time. It certainly helped to show donors that the hospital had already raised their required contribution up-front thanks to all the generous NCM and church donations!
The hospital has also been blessed through mission connections to find World Wide Engineering, who has built hydro projects all over the world and will be the engineers for the project. Earl Hartwig, a project manager for HCJB Global will be the project manager for the project. Please continue to pray for this project as it will be a major undertaking the next two years. Pray for good community relationships, safety for the workers, and that the hospital will accomplish all that it needs to run more efficiently and safely in the coming years to continue the health ministry here.