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DR Congo Nundu Deaconess Hospital

Nundu Deaconess Hospital serves a very wide population on the eastern edge of the DRC. The hospital is directed by Congolese physicians and has a long history of partnership with FMWM. In years of war, the hospital campus suffered great losses. Restoration is still underway. Funds for restoration, for projects and support of operations are processed through this account.

 

Project ID: EPCDNunduHos

 

Exactly 40 years ago, missionaries Gerald Bates and Frank Ogden, MD, journeyed to the western side of Lake Tanganyika to look at land in eastern DRC. “The grass was 5 feet high,” Frank recalls. Aside from a small church building, nothing was there except potential, and, of course, people – lots of people who needed the gospel and medical care. When Barbara (and Jim) Stillman, RN, arrived later that year (1971), a clinic was already begun by nationals. Myra Adamson, by then an RN, came a few years later, expanding the network of rural health clinics. Al (and Helen) Nelson lived in tents while beginning hospital construction. From crude beginnings the work steadily grew. Arriving in 1981, Dr. Tim (and Connie) Kratzer was the first doctor at the newly-built hospital.

 

Today, Deaconnes Hospital of Nundu stands as a tribute to early visionaries, bringing medical care to thousands. Four Congolese physicians are currently on staff. During the civil war (1996-2006) the 120-bed facility lost vital equipment and medicines, but in recent years many improvements have been made under the direction of Randy (and Alice, RN) Matthewson. A large, thriving church now stands in place of the tall grass, and a fully accredited nursing school (operating since 1987) will soon move into a new building. Fanning out from Nundu are more than 30 outpatient clinics, served by national nurses. The hospital and clinics are the most reliable source of medical care for more than 100,000 people.

 

- Carol Ogden, July-September 2011 issue of World Mission People magazine