In This Issue...
> Endowment Initiative Celebrates MBF's
> Orphan Care Center Opens in Zambia
> How Rev. Day Carper Spends His 95th Birthday
> Volunteer Stories: Sandra Cornish
> Two Unique Trips Planned to Malawi
Winter 2007 | Volume 14 |
Center Opens in Zambia
Iowa Church Helps Make it Possible
Thanks, in part, to a generous gift from
Church in Wilton, IA, the Mandevu Orphan Care Center and
Community School facilities in Lusaka, Zambia are now completed.
More than a thousand AIDS orphans and
vulnerable children (OVC’s) are taught and fed through 11 care
centers in Zambia sponsored by the Church of Central Africa
Presbyterian (CCAP). Mr. Costin Mwale, HIV and AIDS coordinator
for the CCAP, estimates that there are more than 1,200,000 OVC’s
in Zambia today, and by 2012 could number 2,200,000. Clearly,
our partners in Zambia need ongoing support for their efforts to
feed, clothe, and educate these children.
At the Mandevu Center, as in each of the
CCAP centers, orphans are placed in homes in the community and
come to the center for food, clothing, and schooling.
The goal is to train the children to eventually be
First Presbyterian of Wilton, IA began partnering with the
Mandevu church when a large bequest left to the church sent them
on a search for a mission project. They called MBF for
suggestions, and decided on the Mandevu AIDS Orphan Care Center.
Pastor Bruce Giese visited Zambia in 2006 and established the
connection with the Mandevu church. Since then, the
Iowa congregation has continued that connection, sending boxes
of clothing and toys for the children and a donation from the
summer VBS project. Pictures of the people of both congregations
have been exchanged.
"The joy of the church at Mandevu is contagious," says
Pastor Giese. "It's the poor helping the poor."
PC(USA) congregations interested in helping to sponsor care
centers such as this may
designate their gifts to
Community Based Orphan Care.
Endowment Initiative to Celebrate
MBF's 50th Anniversary
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) has set a goal of raising
its endowment funds to 10 million dollars by 2013, the 50th
Anniversary of the founding of the MBF. In recent years, donors
have created endowment funds with gifts and pledges totaling
over 5 million dollars. These funds not only provide funding for
international health ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
which includes medical missionary salaries, and support of
health programs in many countries, but also support the
operation of MBF.
Endowment income provides critical
long-term financial stability to support the people and programs
of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
ministries via MBF. These endowed funds have one objective: to
support initiatives not just for one year, or even one
generation, but in perpetuity in the name of Jesus Christ.
To assist with this initiative the Board of
MBF has retained the services (on a part-time basis) of the
Reverend Dan Force, the retired (2004) Executive Director of
MBF. Dan will be in contact with supporters and friends of MBF.
If you would like more information now
about MBF’s Endowment Initiative please contact Dan at
email@example.com or 1168 August Drive, Annapolis, MD
21403 or call 443.822.1675.
Please pray for Everett Morgan, the
22-year-old son of Les and Cindy Morgan, our mission coworkers
in Bangladesh. Everett has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma
of the left pelvis and is being treated at the M. D. Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston. Praise God for recent reports the
tumor is shrinking. The Morgans thank you for your prayers and
for God’s obvious hand in their lives. As Les says, "God has
looked upon our family in one of our darkest moments and
extended to us his grace and showed us his love."
Beverley Booth is on medical leave from
mission service in Nepal. Please pray that she’ll be able to
return to her work with PC(USA)’s United Mission to Nepal
Another Birthday, Another
After 95 years, how do you celebrate
your birthday? If you’re Rev. Day Carper you consider it an
opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of life by directing your
birthday gifts to support medical mission.
Rev. Carper started planning early and
crafted a box with two slots, one for donations and the other
with a small “tree” of dollar bills coming out of the opening.
He decorated the box with pictures of moringa trees, and
assembled information to share with family about the role
moringa trees play in fighting malnutrition. As his enthusiasm
grew, so did the number of family expected to participate in the
children, grandchildren, great-grands, nieces and nephews joined
the party. After each $20 was counted, Day read a note of how
many trees they would be able to buy for their Congolese
friends, over 300 trees.
Day had a fun time planning this part of
his party and noted, “This time all of us together will be
buying a food supplement for our African friends, instead of
socks, ties or candy for the 95-year-old Dad, Grand-dad, or
Rev. Carper, with
his wife Bessie, went to what is now DR Congo right after
graduating from seminary in 1940. After 12 years of happy
service together, Bessie died of malaria. Later he was married
to Blanche, a nurse serving at Mutoto. They have continued their
service (overseas and stateside) together for almost 55 years. A
nephew writes, “Uncle Day is amazing! He has been an inspiration
to many. We had a great time at his 95th birthday.”
Volunteer Stories: Sandra Cornish,
Thanks to medically trained volunteers with a heart for mission,
PC(USA) partner hospitals and clinics can continue to function
when there are gaps in their personnel needs. Short–term
volunteers like Sandra Cornish, R.N. offer their services for
two to three weeks, or even several months. Like Sandra, they
return home feeling they have received more than they’ve given.
In May of this year, Sandra contacted MBF
to see what opportunities were available for a short–term
mission volunteer project. By the end of September she was on
her way to Tumutumu Hospital in Karatina, Kenya.
“This mission trip was as much a spiritual
experience for me as a mission trip. As I headed off
alone for Kenya, I felt a little intimidated
with the thoughts of all that was needed and what little I had
to offer. I struggled with the thoughts of not being enough and
what was I thinking that I could accomplish by this short
two–week mission trip. For me the rewards of the trip were
many--a renewed reliance on God in all circumstances, an
appreciation for the beauty of Kenya and the warm and welcoming
people of Tumutumu parish, a loving connection with a few
special people I met while there. I did not go on safari; I did
not buy any souvenirs; but returned home with a full heart and
If you’re interested in a similar
experience, please visit MBFoundation.org/volunteer and complete
the volunteer information form.
Two Unique Trips to Malawi in
Mission Trip, late February - early March
This trip will be returning before Easter. We are looking for
qualified pastors, church mission committee members, church
elders, and healthcare professionals. Exact dates, agenda, and
costs for the trip are to be determined in the next few weeks as
team members are selected. Please consider coming to visit our
Presbyterian mission workers in the field at hospitals, clinics,
and programs MBF supports!
Contact Chip Lambert: 412-715-7793
[Learn more at the ISTV page]
Travel Study, May 14-18
On this trip we will visit and learn from our Malawian partners,
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and Ministry of
Hope, and grow in understanding of God’s call to each of us as
partners. Activities will include visits to CCAP Mission
Hospitals, Nkhoma, Embangweni and Health Department in
Livingstonia Synod, Ministry of Hope Child Care centers and
Crisis Nurseries, opportunities to visit with mission
co-workers, and travel through northern Malawi along Lake Malawi
and visit Liwonde National Park.
Anticipated costs are $3,750, including air
flights, travel insurance, in country transportation, lodging,
meals while in Malawi, gifts for our Malawian partners, and
program materials. Application and $2000 deposit due by January
Contact Pam Ator: 800-675-9250
[Learn more at the Malawi Travel
Both of these trips are currently seeking applicants. To learn
more or submit interest, please see www.MBFoundation.org or call
the numbers given here.
'Tis the Season for Alternative
This Christmas we invite you to share God's love with a hurting
world. Through Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), you can
give a gift of life through vaccinations, cataract surgery, or
other forms of support for healing ministries. When you do, you
can name a friend or loved one as an honoree. MBF will send a
Christmas card to the honoree informing them of this important
gift in their name.
This Christmas give a gift of
If you are interested in Alternative Giving, please contact us
at 800-547-7627. You can order a brochure, or simply place an
order with your credit card. You can also visit us online at
www.MBFoundation.org to place an Alternative Christmas Gift
Thank you to all who requested materials
and included MBF in your Alternative Christmas Giving. We would
love to hear the stories of your markets. Email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to share your experience and
offer suggestions for what you would find helpful next year.
New Shared Funding Opportunities
Through American Schools & Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) shared
funding grants, donors have a unique opportunity to multiply the
giving power of their gifts. Helping us to match the shared
funding needs of these grants essentially means that for every
dollar you contribute, about five dollars goes toward that
cause. Three of five active ASHA grants continue to need shared
funding as the end of 2007 approaches. They are:
Miraj Medical Center in India
For: neurological facility equipped with EEG machines,
ventilators, CT scanner, ICU beds, plasma pheresis machine and
Haiti School of Nursing
Needs: $64,711 (may need additional $50,000)
For: dean’s residence, dormitory module, security wall
Nkhoma Hospital, Malawi
Needs: $103,264 (may need additional $53,600)
For: new dorm facility for nursing campus
Please contact MBF at 800-547-7627 or
for more information.
Now 100% of Your Designated Gifts
Go To Your Cause!
Coming in 2008: Mission Connection
to Have All New Topical Format
MBF is proud to announce that it no
longer requires a 5% administration charge in order to process
restricted gifts. This means that when you
donate to a
restricted purpose, we can now pass along all of those funds to
the programs you specify.
It is also important to note that
unrestricted giving remains essential. These funds can be used
for unexpected expenses and allow MBF to be flexible enough to
use funds dynamically where they are most needed and will be of
the greatest help.
Keep an eye out for next year’s first
issue (Spring). We’ll be changing to a new topical format for
each issue, in order to bring you even deeper and more engaging
news on mission!
Next Topic: Mission
Mission Connection is published by the
Medical Benevolence Foundation,
a validated support mission of the
Presbyterian Church (USA)
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Editor: Catherine Davis