This Easter, share Hope and Healing with those who need it most.

Eight-year-old Shabani was set on fire for his lunch and his toys. He received third-degree burns to his head, face and the left-hand side of his body. He couldn’t afford to go to hospital, so he went eight months without proper treatment.

Then he found the HEAL Africa hospital

HEAL Africa, our ministry partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), runs one of the top hospitals in the country. Every day they have vulnerable people like Shabani arrive at their doors, people who urgently need essential medical care that they can't afford.      

This is why HEAL Africa created the Mercy Fund, so they can provide essential medical treatment, free-of-charge, for those that most desperately need it but can’t afford it.

HEAL Africa is the only hope for vulnerable people like Shabani. 

But HEAL Africa can’t help them without your support.

Shabani spent the following months in and out of local medical clinics to get treatment for his searing pain and recurring infections. The wound on his head was still open and wasn’t healing properly, so it was continually getting infected over and over again.

Shabani’s grandmother knew that he needed to go to a proper hospital, but she was afraid because she knew she couldn’t afford it.

Eventually, during one of Shabani’s clinic treatments, a doctor visiting from Goma saw Shabani’s situation and told them about the HEAL Africa hospital and their Mercy Fund program. This was his only hope...

 

For those that came to Him, Jesus was their last chance for healing.

In the Gospels we see people come to Jesus who have been suffering for years. We see Him heal a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, a man who had been paralysed for 38 years, a boy who had been demon-possessed for most of his life and people that had been deaf or blind since birth. Before seeking out Jesus these people had been outcast, forgotten, living on the outskirts of society and left to suffer without any hope of ever being healed.

In the same way, the HEAL Africa hospital receives people every day who are suffering and have nowhere else to go. Just like Jesus, the HEAL Africa hospital is the only hope for healing for many people.

What started as a small teaching hospital in 1996 has grown into a world-class hospital and one of only three referral hospitals in the whole country. Like Shabani, most of the people arriving at HEAL Africa’s door have been in and out of local medical clinics and smaller hospitals that were unequipped and unable to help. The HEAL Africa hospital is the only one with the ability, equipment and willingness to help.

Sadly, while these people have finally found a place that can help them, many of those arriving at HEAL Africa, like Shabani, can’t afford the treatment they desperately need.

This is why HEAL Africa created the Mercy Fund, so they can provide essential medical treatment, free-of-charge, for those that desperately need but can’t afford it.

HEAL Africa is the only hope for vulnerable people like Shabani, who desperately need medical treatment they can’t afford.

But HEAL Africa can’t help them without your support.

The Mercy Fund is exclusively funded by WorldShare supporters. Without your support vulnerable patients, like Shabani, will have to go on suffering.

Your generous gift of
$50 can provide a full series of IV treatments for malaria
$150 can provide skin graft treatments for a burns victim
$300 can provide surgery to remove a goitre
$500 can provide orthopaedic treatment for club foot

In October last year, eight months after being set on fire and left for dead, Shabani was finally wheeled into surgery to receive treatment for his horrific wounds. The first surgery managed to separate some of his arm from his torso, enabled him to move his neck and treated the wound in his head so it will be able to heal and close up properly.

Today, Shabani is waiting for a second surgery. The surgeons hope that they will be able to free up more of his arm, give him greater movement in his neck and further relief from his extensive wounds.

But, just like Jesus, HEAL Africa’s ministry doesn’t end there...

Jesus is also the last hope for healing our relationship with God.

We see in the Gospels that Jesus used His miracles of healing to create opportunities for dealing with people’s
spiritual needs and proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom. The final step of this ministry was His death
and resurrection, which we celebrate this Easter.

In a similar way, HEAL Africa uses their acts of physical healing as opportunities to address the spiritual needs
of those in their community and to share the good news of Jesus. While in the hospital, every one of their patients is visited by a HEAL Africa chaplain. During these visits the chaplains provide support and spiritual counselling,
answer questions and share the gospel.

In His death and resurrection Jesus is our last hope to restore our relationship with God. In His time on earth Jesus was the last hope for those that came to Him in suffering. His is a gospel of hope and healing.

This Easter, will you help the most vulnerable by supporting HEAL Africa as they
bring hope and healing to those who desperately need it?

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more or would like Vivian to visit your church, small group or event, please get in touch.

Events

 

NSW

Green Point Baptist Church Special bible study

Tuesday 3rd September

9:30am – 11am

Green Point Baptist Church

386 Avoca Drive, Green Point

 

Belmont Lunch

Tuesday 3rd September

1pm - 2:30pm

Common Circus Café

36 Brooks Parade, Belmont 2280

 

Glenorie bible study Supper

Tuesday 3rd September

7pm

Glenorie Mission Church

1409 Old Northern Road, Glenorie

 

Chatswood Breakfast

Wednesday 4th September

7:30am – 9am

Shuk Cafe

260 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

 

Hurstville breakfast

Friday 6th September

7:30am – 9am

Common Ground Cafe

Westfield, 234 Cross St, Hurstville

 

Narrabeen Baptist morning and evening services

Sunday 8th September

Services at 9:30am & 5pm

Narrabeen Baptist Church

13 Greenfell Ave, Narrabeen

 

Albury Presbyterian early, morning and evening services

Sunday 15th September

Services at 9am, 10:30am & 4pm

Albury Presbyterian Church

402 Wagga Rd, Lavington

  

Lavington Lunch

Lunch with Vivian

Sunday 15th September

12:30pm

Red Brik Caffe

525 Sanders Rd, Lavington

 

Glenbrook Brunch

Saturday 21st September

10:30am - 12pm

2773 Café

19 Ross St, Glenbrook

 

Office Supper

Saturday 21st September

6pm

WorldShare Offices

Suite 14, Level 1, 16-18 Malvern Ave, Chatswood

 

Rivergum Community Church Morning Service

Sunday 22nd September

9:30am

Rivergum Community Church

49 Withers Rd, Rouse Hill

 

TASMANIA

Launceston Breakfast

Tuesday 10th September

9:30am

Tailrace Café

1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside, 7250

 

Hobart Dinner

Tuesday 10th September

6:30pm

Urban Greek Restaurant

103 Murray St, Hobart

 

VICTORIA

Box Hill Breakfast

Thursday 12th September

7:30am – 9am

The Penny Drop

913 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill

 

Melbourne CBD Breakfast

Friday 13th September

7:30am – 9am

Grain Store

517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

 

Albury Presbyterian early, morning and evening services

Sunday 15th September

Services at 9am, 10:30am & 4pm

Albury Presbyterian Church

402 Wagga Rd, Lavington

 

Lavington Lunch

Lunch with Vivian

Sunday 15th September

12:30pm

Red Brik Caffe

525 Sanders Rd, Lavington

 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Breakfast

Tuesday 17th September

7:30am – 9am

Abode Cafe

Shop 2/30 Hillsdon Rd, Taringa

 

St Lucia Uniting morning tea

Wednesday 18th September

10:30am

St Lucia Uniting Church

7 Hawken Drive, St Lucia 

 

Sunshine Coast Evening Event

Wednesday 18th September

Details to be confirmed - contact 02 9712 8222 for more details

 

Brisbane Evening Event

Thursday 19th September

Details to be confirmed - contact 02 9712 8222 for more details