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Staff Outing at Zambezi River site

November 16, 2019 in News

Staff in Chitokoloki T-shirts

On November 9th a group of the trained hospital staff spent a day at the Sands by the Zambezi River and the old Camp site. The day began with a session of Bible teaching, followed by a period of Questions and answers. Then lunch followed by volleyball and a swim before returning home.

New Conference Center

September 23, 2019 in News

A decision was made to convert a portion of the existing Colony area into a Conference Center which can be used for camps, workshops, teaching sessions and conferences. ( Post updated weekly)

The original Colony area was built by Dr James Worsfold back in the 1950’s and it was at that time a very important part of the Mission work as it accommodated the large number of Leprosy patients. Over the recent 20+ years the number of Leprosy patients has dramatically decreased and the majority of the 110 homes were not been used. While there are still a few patients with Leprosy and also TB, these only require about 25 homes.

The plan that was developed is to build a dining hall/ meeting room plus two ablution and shower blocks and to upgrade approx. 70 of the houses with new doors, windows, floors, lights and face-lift and to furnish them so that accommodation can be offered for sessions of various types. A team from Brass Tacks in the UK are at Chitokoloki for a month and hard at work with the 3 new buildings and starting to rehabilitate the houses.

The work continues and the walls go up and the houses get renovated. The 3 men from Brass Tacks, Phil Kennedy, Rob Woodhouse and James Alexander have worked very hard and accomplished much in the time they were here. Sadly they left today October 9th and so there help will be greatly missed. Praying that someone will be able to come and help continue the project to completion. Just before they left 2 of the 65 houses were fully renovated, just waiting for painting.

Doors going in to one of the shower and toilet blocks
Door installation in ablution block
The first of 68 houses is fully completed, new floors, door, window and painted.

Week of September 15, 2019

September 12, 2019 in News

The week of September 15th began by having a double funeral on Sunday, the burial taking place right after the morning meetings. Both of those who were buried were quite elderly, one a lady by the name of Ziddia and the other a man by the name of Dawson.

Dawson was a leprosy patient and has lived at the Leprosy Colony here at Chitokoloki for over 25 years. He was crippled with deformed feet and hands, blind and yet somehow he managed to walk the 3/4 kilometer from the Colony to the Church building every Sunday for many years. At the funeral it was mentioned that here on earth he had no physical sight but he did have spiritual sight while many who were gathered may have had physical sight but still blind spiritually. We were also reminded by David McAdam today that at a conference some years past, at the end of one of the meetings he sood up and on his own sang in the local language;

“Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder, Considered all the worlds your hands have made…………………… Then sings my soul my Saviour God to thee, How great thou art.”

The week continued on Thursday where a retirement function was held for a staff member by the name of Chali Kabwita (yes that is how he spells his first name). Chali started working for the hospital here at Chitokoloki in June 1973 and 46 years later we celebrated his retirement having served the people of Chitokoloki, faithfully for all these years. Chali was the longest serving staff member and he began in 1973 in the laundry, then later in kitchen and later was taught how to distribute medicine and for the past 15 years has been in charge of the “old Hospital” compound.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path.

July 25, 2019 in News

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
And light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

In returning from devotions at hospital this morning, I passed these two men sitting on this log and reading their Bibles in the early hours of the morning. Not prompted by recognition, just wanting to read it and have God speak to them. I just stopped and took their picture and went on my way and they both returned to their reading. Oh that more would do so. I believe that they are relatives of some patients admitted in the hospital.

Cold Season Pictures at Chitokoloki

June 29, 2019 in News

A few pictures from around the Mission and Hospital.

Steven and Hannah Wallace

June 29, 2019 in News

Steven and Hannah Wallace have joined the team here at Chitokoloki. They are from Ballymena, Northern Ireland and it is good to have them helping at Chitokoloki. Steven is very good in maintenance and Hannah is helping at the pre-school amongst many other tasks including helping in sorting and distributing clothes. Steven also has his big truck license so will be able to help in town trips with the 30 ton 48 foot box trailer, to collect supplies.

New pictures of Chitokoloki

November 13, 2018 in News

Laproscopic Surgery at Chitokoloki.

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Dr Henry Munyanpara has gone to be with the Lord.

June 11, 2018 in News

The Mission and entire community at Chavuma, as well as all of us here at Chitokoloki, were very shocked and saddened when we received the news on Friday morning at 1:00 AM that Dr Henry (as he was fondly known) had a heart attack and passed from this life into eternity. Dr Henry and his family were from Congo and he has been at Chavuma for quite some time and was an exceptional lovely Brother in the Lord and a outstanding medical doctor. He leaves behind his wife, Marianne, and his children, Eunice, Ariel, B

obette and Jojo. Dr David McAdam wrote the family and said,” Henry was a great man and a good man and that is a very rare combination. I am privileged to have known him as a brother in the Lord Jesus and as a dear friend and also as a surgical colleague. His life was a blessing to countless patients both in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in recent years in Zambia. Thousands of people owe their lives to his expert care.”

His family requested that his body be taken back to Congo for burial and so yesterday a large entourage of numerous vehicles drove to Zambezi where we, Gordon and Chris, met them at the airstrip and after a time of singing and prayer he was flown to Chingola where we were met again by a number of family, friends and colleagues. It was just 6 years ago this past week that we here at Chitokoloki lost Jay and Katrina Erickson so we remember them and can understand the feeling of emptiness and sorrow.

Dr Henry will sure be missed and the folks at Chavuma are very keenly feeling the loss of this great man as now they are left without a doctor. Prayer is requested for them and Dr Henry’s family as the burial will take place today in Lubumbashi.

The Journey continues

May 16, 2018 in News

Today Andrew and Jennie left Chitokoloki on the rest of their saga heading South to Capetown. The old Landrover had a bit of cosmetic makeup, a few repairs and some fiberglass to make sure the windshield did not fall out and good to go.

Their route is to be down the West bank of the Zambezi, into Namibia at Katima Mulilo and through the pediclle and then after a few side trips south to Capetown.

We wish them safe travels on the rest of the trip before they return to the UK for a job waiting for Andrew in Northern Ireland in late June.

From the Isle of Man to Chit… In a Land Rover!

May 12, 2018 in News

Andrew and Jennie McAdam have spent the last five months helping out in Chitokoloki.  Andrew is a doctor and the son of Dr McAdam, who has been the doctor at Chitokoloki for many years.  Jennie is a nurse, originally from Canada, and together they have been a welcome addition to the medical team at the hospital and to the missionary group in Chitokoloki.

But what is most noteworthy about their visit is how they got to Chitokoloki.  Most people cover the five thousand air miles between the United Kingdom and Zambia in a Boeing, and have just enough time for a couple meals, a movie and a nap.  Andrew and Jennie left the Isle of Man in October 2017 in a 1992 Land Rover.  Their trip took them through France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania to Greece.  They crossed the Mediterranean Sea at Athens, landing in Alexandria, Egypt, and travelled down through North Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, arriving in Zambia in January 2018.  They will be leaving Chitokoloki soon to continue on to Cape Town via Namibia, ending the trip.  We’ve appreciated having them with us and wish them an enjoyable finish to their trip!