Deep within the rural landscape of Zimbabwe, Nyadire United Methodist Hospital strives to deliver quality health care services despite severely limited resources. The staff attribute their strength and perseverence to their faith in God, which helps them provide patients with love, compassion, and wonderful care.
Nyadire United Methodist Hospital is one of nine hospitals supported by the Hospital Revitalization Program. The program assists Methodist churches in Africa and Asia to assess the needs of their health-care facilities. It then works with the hospitals to improve standards of care, ensuring always that the effort will be part of a larger strategy of community-based health education and development.
Whether it is sending volunteer teams to do construction projects, raising awareness, donating funds, or sending crucial medical supplies, there are many ways United Methodists can support their brothers and sisters at Nyadire United Methodist Hospital.
For example: the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference in the United States has formed a committee representing a number of churches in the Pittsburgh District who come together regularly to support the hospital. In 2000, a team of volunteers from the committee traveled to Zimbabwe to visit the hospital and lend a helping hand. Today churches within the district continue to support Nyadire United Methodist Hospital by raising funds for medical equipment and sending containers full of needed supplies such as medicines, bedding and blankets for babies. Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, PA supports the salary of visiting missionary doctor, Anand Rao, who plans to stay in Nyadire through 2006.
Interested churches of conferences should contact Health and Welfare Ministries at the General Board of Global Ministries.
Contributions to Nyadire may be sent through a local United Methodist church, Annual Conference or by mailing a check to: The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Room #330, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Call toll-free 1-800-554-8583 to make a credit card donation. Write checks out to UMCOR. Be sure to include Nyadire: Hospital Revitalization, Advance #982168 on the memo line. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to Nyadire United Methodist Hospital.
UMCOR's everyday expenses are funded primarily by gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). You may give to OGHS during the annual offering in Lent or any other time of year. If you are not using the special offering envelop, be sure to mark on your check that your donation is for the OGHS.
Cherian Thomas, Executive Secretary
Nyadire United Methodist Hospital
Photo: Two Zimbabwean boys smile for the camera. Photo by Amy Squires 2004.
Nyadire United Methodist Hospital, Advance #982168
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