- Greatest Need Fund: Many new donors have given to the Greatest Need Fund for the hospital. Many long-time givers have increased their gifts. This has enabled us to pay for containers of extra supplies where government supplies have been low. It has paid for needed medicines, lab supplies, and more. NHM has put up pictures of many donors to show people the prayer support behind these gifts.
- Local giving: staff, missionaries, business people, and other missions have given.
- Media attention: The hospital has made the newspapers several times. As the most reliable hospital in the region (and the country), people care what happens to the hospital. How this crisis could affect Kudjip has been a concern for the public and highlighted how excellent the care at Kudjip is. This has drawn much needed attention to this national issue as well as brought specific support for Kudjip’s critical role.
- The government of PNG has responded to the crisis first by replacing a month of salary budget to all of Christian Health Services in PNG that was skipped last year. The National Department of Health also helped with some extra funds in February to Kudjip. Also even though every government budget has been cut, it has made it to the floor of Parliament that the cut to Christian Health Services should be reversed because of the care they give. We pray that will happen.
- NMI 100 year projects: God is not surprised by our needs. Some districts had already picked up some projects in the NMI 100 year that will help us with expenses such as containers, help other NHM divisions like CBHC, and continue to improve long-term systems such as housing repairs, which are also a great staff encouragement in these times.
- Projects: Infrastructure projects that receive foreign aid or government funds, like the ones the hospital is doing now, are completely separated from recurring operational and salary budgets. However, spiritually it has been great to see how much it helps the community and raises up disciples. In years past, community demands on projects often closed the hospital services over fights about who got work. However, through discipleship, spiritual retreats, and devotions, many in the community have come to understand how to have a good relationship with NHM and see the rewards of hard work. When the current project guys heard about the financial crisis – they too donated out of concern for their hospital. This is a great spiritual victory. Also all the projects the hospital does are about improving our long-term ministry and sustainability.
- Administrative wisdom: The hospital is always careful to set fees to the level that sustains the work but not so high that people cannot afford care. The fee raises are helping the budget to be sustained at a level to keep all services open. Patient number have not decreased due to the minor fee raises and these have helped sustain the hospital. Administration let the hospital be short staffed as people resigned or retired. This let the hospital run on the bare minimum staff until the budget was more clear. Now that there has been help from various sources, the hospital has hired staff to fill many of the open positions to keep from closing any services and will continue to monitor expenses carefully.
- Keeping a discipleship emphasis: Some church donors have specifically helped continue staff spiritual retreats (see our recent post about how our staff’s growing sense of call has motivated them to give better care and even to sacrifice their own pay rather than continually increase fees.) The staff have been so blessed that we are continuing this spiritual discipleship program despite the difficult finances. It has shown them the importance of our own internal discipleship and really improves our care and sustainability to have people here with a deep sense of call to service.
The financial crisis is not over and all of NHM continues to ask for prayers for decision makers in the government of PNG, as well as within the ministry here. We are glad to see the Lord working and sustaining this ministry so that no services have been cut. God continues to provide for our needs and we are grateful.