The financial portion of Christmas Give will be split between two organizations this year, Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia, and the Refugee Response Ministry with West Shore E Free Church and Catholic Charities. Find out more about those organizations below.
Macha Mission Hospital
Macha Mission Hospital (Macha Hospital) has transformed the quality of life for many people in southeastern Zambia.
Founded in 1957 by Brethren in Christ missionaries, today the Brethren in Christ Church in Zambia leads the community outreach, which proclaims the love of Christ through providing quality medical care for Zambia’s underserved population. Through its Christian outreach, many patients also come to faith during their stay at the hospital.
Groundbreaking Medical Work
Since Macha Hospital’s inception, diseases like measles and leprosy have been eliminated. Combating AIDS, Macha Hospital has enrolled more than 11,000 HIV-positive individuals in treatment, many of whom have returned to normal lives. For more than five years, all babies of HIV positive mothers attending the hospital antenatal clinic have been born HIV-free.
Scope of Outreach
Each year, the hospital serves more than 30,000 patients, most of whom are subsistence farmers who make less than a dollar a day. Macha Hospital includes a 208-bed inpatient facility, outpatient clinic, nursing school, and comprehensive community health care programs.
The hospital is affiliated with Macha Research Trust, a world-renowned medical research center collaborating with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to treat and eliminate malaria; since 2004, malaria has been reduced >95% from previous years.
Refugee Response Ministry
There are many facets to the global refugee crisis, therefore, there are many ways for people to meaningfully respond. We are committed to a collaborative approach that prioritizes prayer, training and action. We seek to offer welcome in ways that are relational, responsive and resource-filled.
Donated funds help with the costs of renting living space, furnishing and equipping homes, food and clothing, transportation, medical services and legal counsel.