Every Life Matters
May 19, 2020
Dear Partners in the Gospel,
Recently the residents East and Central Africa have faced a perfect storm, a triple whammy: invasions of locusts, flooding, and the threat of COVID-19. Their world has been turned upside down.
In these difficult times, we continue to minister to our students and faculty. Because of the generosity of givers like you we have helped feed about 160 families this month. In addition, we have provided food for the Pokot tribe in Western Kenya and given food to our neighbors who live near our headquarters in Uganda. We will continue to do this; we see our students as family and will do our best so that they do not starve.
We must not waste these three challenges. We must see them as opportunities to share the grace and love of Christ. The great commission when combined with the great commandment produces powerful results. Jesus said, “By this all men when know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” His great commandment teaches us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.
What are we doing in response to Christ’s commands? Not only are we distributing food, we are also demonstrating the love of Christ through our medical clinic. Trinity Center for World Mission founded the Kaserem Christian Medical Center in Eastern Uganda in 2001 and the clinic now functions as a ministry of TCWM and the Presbyterian Church of Uganda. When we first came to Eastern Uganda almost twenty years ago, many of the children in Kaserem were sick, there was no medical care available, women delivered children in the bush, and much of the population suffered from malaria and other diseases.
Before the clinic was founded, we planted Kaserem Presbyterian Church and eventually we planted numerous other churches that formed Kapchorwa Presbytery. Kaserem Church was surrounded by sick people; the need was obvious, so we constructed the first building of Kaserem Christian Medical Center. The clinic began to grow and we eventually entered into partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Health. We are now licensed with a well-trained staff, and the Ministry of Health provides a portion of our medicine and supplies. We have added a maternity building and just last month completed a small building for our staff. Now about 6,000 patients are treated each year and about 300 children are born there each year. Through our staff, we provide medical education in local schools and on our radio station, KTR-FM. Over the years, we have also financed the drilling of several water wells in this area and we also sponsor medical outreaches that have reached as many as 1,000 patients in one day.
Typically, at our clinic, we see many maternity patients and patients with cuts and bruises, malaria, tuberculosis, worms, and HIV. But we have never faced a pandemic and in 20 years I have not been aware of so many starving people in East and Central Africa.
How can you help?
- At this point our medical supplies are low. Our clinical officer, Dr. Kiti Peter, has requested $4,200 for additional medicines and equipment. This could help us prepare for what could be a disaster including the loss of many lives. We must be prepared for COVID-19 patients and many other afflictions. This letter is part of our response to what we believe could be a great crisis among some of the poorest people on the planet. Africa seems to be a couple of months behind the United States in terms of the spread of the coronavirus.
- This past week we had over one hundred requests for help with food. To help feed one family for one month is about $50. Can that really make a difference? More than you know. Perhaps you remember this story, “One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, ‘I’m saving these starfish, Sir’. The old man chuckled aloud, ‘Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?’ The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, ‘I made a difference to that one!’” Are you able to help make a difference for one family?
We face a global problem, and we ask for your prayers. If you can help financially with these needs, tax-deductible gifts can be directed to: Trinity Center for World Mission, P.O. Box 580, Dahlonega, GA 30533
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Thank you for recognizing the needs of neighbors,
Peter W. Anderson, Executive Director
Trinity Center for World Mission