A Note from Inside Zambia
"I’ve been at the Mukinge Hospital for 26 years. We used to focus entirely on acute care, but now we’re progressing into preventative care as well as trauma care because of the increase of vehicles and bicycles on the roads. A lot has changed since I first arrived, both for Zambia and for our hospital.
"Our biggest need underlies every other one; we need clean water (see story below). The hospital has been here for 60 years, and for 60 years we’ve never had safe water. You couldn't open a tap and drink from it—no one could, not even our patients. So here they come into our hospital to be cured from an illness, but we could often give them another one because of our contaminated water.
"Slowly, step-by-step, we're correcting this. We've come quite far, but have further to go. It’s a practical way to love those we serve, because love reaches out. It's not just a feeling or an emotion, but an attitude that takes action. It’s our love for others that serves Christ around the world."
—Lynn Hacker, 26-year SIM worker; based in Zambia
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." — 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
The Surgeon's Hands
An orthopedic surgeon comes once a month to do specialized orthopedic surgery. During the night it rained hard. Mud was running everywhere—including from the tap in the sink where the surgeon needed to scrub his hands for the first surgery of the day. It was a good thing we had captured some rain water in a drum. We then used this water to pour over his hands so he could do his surgical scrub. Today, because we have some filters on the water system, we don't have brown water coming out of our taps. But we have a long ways to go and need your help!
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Demonstrate love through the gift of clean water.