Other Mission News
February 4th, 2019
The IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance) World Health organization has identified sub-Saharan Africa as one of the most dangerous places for pregnant women to give birth. Over 300,000 women die during childbirth each year, mainly from preventable conditions. Newborns and young children are also extremely vulnerable. More than 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases.
To help combat this crisis, the IMA is leading an international initiative to build hundreds of medical clinics with maternity wards across the D.R. Congo. The financial commitment made by the IMA World Health to establish these clinics has been met. However, FAIR has been given access to their building plans and valuable logistical support in order to build a clinic in the Congolese village of Tonu, located 800 kilometers from Kinshasa. The present clinic operates without power or running water, and the birthing facility is a small mud hut with old, well used, and very outdated equipment.
The Fellowship’s connection to Tonu goes back many decades when congregations that are now member churches sent missionaries to the Congo to evangelize and plant churches. As part of the missionaries’ efforts, the medical clinic and mission station at Tonu was established. Though the original missionaries left due to conflict in the 1960s, Tonu continues to this day as a Congolese-run regional center that reaches out to many villages in the area. Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming have been engaged in missions training for Congolese pastors in Tonu for several years. Their contact with descendants of the original missionaries who pioneered the work at this centre highlighted the need at the clinic.
In June of 2019, FAIR is hoping to send a small Canadian work team to Tonu to work alongside a Congolese team to build the birthing center, to furnish it, and to provide a solar panel, incinerator, outdoor kitchen, and washrooms.
You can help. The project goal for the birthing center is $120,000. Please read the attached information, visit the website, watch the video, and consider how you can have an impact that will result in safer deliveries and saved lives. Consider making Labour’s Refuge a priority in your giving plan as you give thanks in October and enjoy time with family and meditate on the gift of the Christ child as 2018 draws to a close.
In His name,