Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5.
We are glad to share with you what the Lord enabled us to accomplish in May and June 2020 in the Medical Evangelism Ministry we are in with you.
- COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE.
The COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe has worsened since our last report. The country now has, since the onset of the outbreak in Zimbabwe on 20 March 2020, the following:
Total number of confirmed cases 4649 (Aug 9).
Active cases 3108.
The other changes have been that, whereas the biggest numbers in the previous report were imported, now the biggest figures are locally spread. It could still be that the so called ‘locally spread cases’ are from contacts of returnees who came from South Africa and Botswana who returned through illegal entry points to avoid quarantine. Then, their relatives, the supposed ‘contacts’ do not report the presence of those people to authorities.
We are very thankful to Heath Church of Christ and FAME who, before the last update, had donated funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are very happy and thankful to IDES and Southeast Christian Church for donating more funds for PPE. This goes a long way to assisting us in protecting ourselves as we work for the Lord and our patients as well. We are in the process of procuring the PPE.
- THE OUTREACH AND SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOYOTA LANDCRUISER.
The vehicle that all of you donated towards when we were in the USA last year is now at Mashoko. PRAISE THE LORD! We thank you very much for your donating to this project. We want though, for you to know that, in the end when we had only $17,000 of the $40,000 needed, Southeast Christian Church donated the full amount of $40,000. So, we put the other donations that others had given to the other needs that we had shared with you. See some pictures:
The vehicle taking third year Nursing Students to their final Exams to be written in Masvingo.
- DIGITAL X-RAY MACHINE.
The big X-Ray machine we used to have broke down in 2001. The portable one we had broke down in 2018. We then borrowed a used portable one from Chivi Hospital and it failed in April. When this latest one broke down, we did not miss it much because the Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe had donated a modern Digital X-Ray machine to us. It has now been installed and is in use. PRAISE THE LORD! Some pictures:
- NEW ULTRASOUND SCAN.
We thought we had sent Dr. Muriel Murehwa for an Ultrasound Scan workshop expecting her to come with the ability to do scans. But, every participant was given a brand new Ultrasound Scan machine. PRAISE THE LORD! Pictures:
Dr. Kudzayi Chisenwa the Medical Superintendent (L), and Munyaradzi Makovere our X-Ray/USS operator admiring the new USS machine.
- DECONGESTION AT MASHOKO CHURCH OF CHRIST.
Mashoko Church of Christ started going back to the house of worship 3 weeks ago following the government coronavirus regulations. These allow only 50 people in the House of Worship for a period of 1 hour per group. We have started with 2 groups. See picture:
ZINDOGA, DINAH AND DAVID.
Two weeks ago, we went to visit Dinah’s mother in the east of the country. We had not seen her since the lockdown started 4 months ago. We had a great time. She killed a goat for us. Pictures:
David, Nephew Ticha and Zindoga preparing a cattle locking dock. Zindoga takes his turn at digging.
- VACATION AT OUR FAMILY FARM:
Three weeks ago Dinah and I went on vacation at our (BUNGUS’) family farm about 25 miles North of Mashoko. We are trying to make some improvements to the farm. Some people have asked us if we are going to retire in the USA or in a City in Zimbabwe. No, this is where we are going to retire to. My family has lived on this farm since 1961. Pictures:
- JOHN D. MULLEN, MY USA FATHER WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD.
John and Polly Mullen took me in as one of their children in 1978 when I started my Ph.D. studies at Purdue. They became Mom and Dad when they agreed to assume some African parent responsibilities for me. They paid the dowry for Dinah to be my wife and they led the raising of the funds I needed for Medical training. They, also, were our first Forwarding Agents. He passed on July 20 in the evening and was buried on the 24th. The family had chosen me to speak for the family at the funeral. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 I failed to travel. Kindly pray for my Mom Polly and the whole family.
- MINISTRY STATISTICS: ABBREVIATED.
May June Cumulative
New patients 695 825 9335 8984.
Repeat patients 624 772 4974 5978.
Total patients 1319 1597 14309 14962.
Babies delivered 81 99 1297 1543.
Baptism 6 1 42 15.
Restoration of Faith 5 6 28 25.
Dr. Chisenwa examines a patient who was bitten by a leopard.
THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR PARTNERS!
A beautiful tree lined street in Harare!