June 2021 Mag (Online) - Flipbook - Page 9
with those who rejoice, and
with those who
of these occasions provide us with
a unique opportunity to once again
share ‘the reason of hope’ that is in
us (1 Pet. 3:15) and to ‘rejoice with
those who rejoice, and weep with
those who weep’ (Rom. 12:15).
Albanians, in general, love to have
a reason to celebrate and the
bond many of these dear ones
have with our staff, especially the
palliative nurses, is incredible.
As the two-year project with Hospices of Hope ended in May our
desire is to continue to offer this
holistic service to the needy in Tirana. We have seen many blessed
and we have been able to witness
openly to all who have attended. For many, the centre has been
a place of refuge and emotional
support as ‘cancer’ is still a taboo and many families want to
protect their loved ones by not
acknowledging or mentioning their
diagnosis, thereby suppressing
many unanswered questions and
relevant conversations. However,
being a small facility and having
worked most of the time during
a world-wide pandemic we have
been privileged to spend quality
time with our patients, who have
mostly attended alone, and openly
discussed their many worries and
concerns. As we plan ahead, we
look to the Lord for the necessary
resources to continue and expand
this vital ministry and in so doing
that many will be won for Christ.
TED LANKESTER,ARUNKAH NETWORK
worked as a medical missionary for many years in
the north Indian Himalayas.
I was called by God when I
was working as a GP in Twickenham. Off we went, my wife Joy and
our three children aged one to six.
We worked in close partnership
with a variety of local communities, hospitals and other health
projects. But the area we had
been called to consisted of about
100 remote villages, some a
couple of hours from the nearest
dirt road. For surgery they could
go to a hospital in the town where
we lived, but most villagers if they
became ill, either got better on
their own, saw a local healer or
died. What on earth could we do?
The first thing we did was to
visit and to listen to villagers; to
find out what the needs were and
what the communities wanted.
There were two main requests. First
they wanted a clinic or health post
which they could reach within an
hour or two’s walk. It needed to be
affordable, reliable and friendly.
The second was to train health
workers from each village, which
they themselves would choose.
These village health workers
(VHWs) taught prevention, but
they also had medicine kits so