NEWS FROM JENNY – MARCH 2017
With joy I can report that I have had the opportunity of serving the Lord at ASM for 26 years. For many their season here is much shorter, but God has called me to be here for the long haul. I can truly say that I have grown so much and learned so much since coming here. I still count it a privilege and joy to be part of all that God has done, is doing, and will still do at and through ASM!
In the earlier years my responsibilities were linked mainly to the clinic and nursing school, however in recent years the Lord has lead me to be more involved in the Leadership and financial management of ASM, especially since the closing of the nursing school. I enjoy both roles and am willing available to do whatever God requires of me.
A SHORT WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
It is since September 1990 (27 years) that I have been a part of the ASM Mobile Clinic team, rendering Primary Health care services on Wednesdays! For the first 10 years in the village of Belfast, and now 17 years to farm workers in the Hazyview area. The farms are situated approximately 25 km from the nearest public health clinic. The Mobile Clinic therefore renders an essential weekly health service close to where these people live and work. Approximately 30 – 40 patients are seen each Wednesday.
In May 2002 ASM built a clinic on the campus that serves both the local people who live in close proximity to ASM and the different missionary organizations in the area. Word has spread about the excellent standard of care that patients receive at the ASM Clinic and now some patients come from as far away as a 100 km or more. Often the local people use the ASM Clinic as a “specialist clinic”, coming with complicated or advanced medical conditions that were not picked up, or incorrectly diagnosed or managed elsewhere. Approximately 15 – 20 patients are seen per day.
WE ALL PRAISE GOD FOR PROVIDING BOTH THE STAFF AND FUNDS TO RUN THESE CLINICS IN 2016!
The PRIMARY CLINIC ACTIVITIES includes the following:
· Acute and chronic medical care
· Child health care according to IMCI (refer for PCR tests & ARVs)
· Women’s health care (refer for ARVs & pap smears)
· Basic health screening for chronic diseases
· Chronic wound care
· Active HIV counselling and testing
· HIV staging and medical care for opportunistic infections
2016 CONSULTATIONS TOTAL – 3717
Treating the patients with respect and love opens their hearts to us and gives us many opportunities to pray with people, and share more about the love of Jesus. Over the past number of years there have been an amazing number of people making commitments or recommitments to accept Jesus as their Saviour. Although we all take turns sharing a morning devotion, and we all share the gospel with our patients, Nomsa Mokoena is the most enthusiastic evangelist in our mist.
LULU FARM FEEDING PROGRAM
At Lulu Farm babies and toddlers of the labourers are left in a care centre from 6 am to 5 pm each day while their parents are working on the farm. With the help of individuals, churches and Woolworths the Mobile Clinic is able to provide these children with two warm meals a day. An additional snack or meal is provided in the form of a “lunchbox” by the parents. This program has greatly reduced the incidence of malnutrition in these little ones.
Child 3Child 4Child 1Child 2
The clinic team comprises two full-time and two part-time registered nurses; two full-time and one part-time auxiliary nurse; a receptionist, gardener and cleaner. On Wednesdays we have extra help from a self-trained heath promoter and a volunteer business women.
Full-time staff in the front row from left to right is Phumla the receptionist, Anna the cleaner and Victoria the auxiliary nurse. In the back row we have Henry the gardener, Nomsa the other auxiliary nurse, Yvonne and myself the registered nurses!
Thank you for your faithful prayer and support over the many years I have been here at ASM. Please continue to pray for God’s provision and favour as we all serve Him with joy and enthusiasm!
PO Box 439, White River, 1240, RSA
Tel: +27 (0)13 751 2341 ext 242
Mobile Tel: 082 921 0421
ASM Website: http://www.asm.org.za