We are free to distribute tracts and bibles which are available in the various languages that are spoken in this region. I was asked for a Portuguese bible by a patient from Angola. The Book Room just opposite the hospital has many resources for those who are searching.
It is a real privilege to be able to pray with patients. This is routine practice prior to surgery. Some patients are with us for many months due to the nature of their illness or injury or the remoteness of their home, which allows relationships to develop and prayerful support may be offered. I was involved in what I call ‘big dressings’ clinic and doing the same dressings several times a week for 2 months meant that I really got to know these patients and their relatives and was able to pray into their individual situations.
There are also practical ways to bless patients in our care. For example, new mothers are all given a ‘baby bundle’ as a gift. We can often find sweets and toys for children as well as hygiene items to demonstrate love and care.
From a personal point of view, we have had many opportunities to share our motivation for this work with colleagues and friends at home. It has also been exciting to encourage our children to serve with us and they have been involved in various capacities such as visiting patients, befriending local children as well as missionary kids and attending Sunday school.