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AIMM partners with Mennonite Church of Congo health professionals to serve persons in need
Several months after an emergency medical intervention took place in Ndjoko Punda, Democratic Republic of Congo, to stem a rising tide of child deaths, a second intervention is in process.
Urgent Mennonite Aid to combat Epidemics and Assist Refugees (UMER) Phase I, which took place in February 2020, was a success, treating over 2200 cases of prevalent health problems such as malaria, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, typhoid fever, flu and diabetes. During the patient screenings, UMER team doctors also identified several hundred persons in need of surgery for a range of conditions such as hernias, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and appendicitis.
Mennonite Church of Congo's Development Coordinator, Joseph Nkongolo, along with the church's Medical Coordinator Dr. Chuck Kamassa, have once again led a team of Congolese health professionals to Ndjoko Punda along with the needed supplies to perform around 150 surgeries in the next two weeks. They arrived in Ndjoko Punda on Thursday July 9. AIMM is supplying funding for the surgical supplies and providing a minimal stipend for the medical workers.
Kabutshidi Kayiba, a beneficiary of this project, lives with significant challenges, as she deals both with deafness and with an inability to speak. She is married to Shamba wa Shamba. Two and a half years ago, Kabutshidi’s body began to grow a cyst next to her bladder, which over time became enormous, causing pain and preventing her from working. Her husband, who raises pigs and goats for a living, sold all his animals to pay for treatments while seeking relief for his wife with various practitioners of traditional medicine. She underwent an operation performed by UMER 2 doctors to remove the cyst on Saturday July 11. She was charged nothing for this work. She is recovering well. Her husband is effusive in his gratitude for this blessing that has been accorded their family.
UMER phase 2 is moving forward. 150 surgeries have been scheduled over the two weeks from July 9-23. A team of Mennonite medical doctors and other health professionals are giving their time, energy and expertise to bless the people of Ndjoko Punda. God's love is being incarnated in and through these Christian servants.
Translated Video Transcript: My name is Shamba, son of Shamba. My wife has been sick for 2 ½ years. I had no more money to pay for an operation for her. When I learned that UMER had come to help, I came with her, and she underwent an operation. I want to say “Thank you!” My wife is deaf and mute. She neither hears nor speaks. We want to say “Thank you!” to UMER, because they operated on my wife without charging us anything. She has now recovered her strength, really recovered her strength, and I thank UMER. I do not have any financial means, may UMER continue to help me always.
CEFMC (Mennonite Brethren) and CEM (Evangelical Mennonite) churches in DR Congo are conducting trainings to raise awareness and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ensuring that all congregations have access to good public health information is crucial to the life of the church. AIMM is supporting these churches in this project.
Planting & Building
Bellarmé Ngalula and his wife Mimie Kanku are planting the new Trois Rivieres CEM (Evangelical Mennonite) congregation in Bandundu Ville, DRC. Meanwhile, they are also working on construction for their first congregation, The Lord’s Reserve. AIMM is supporting this work through the “African Missionary Support” project.
Leadership Coaching in Kalonda
The Congo Leadership Coaching Network team recently returned from a transformational seminar at the Kalonda Bible Institute.
Ndjoko Punda Emergency