She hugs her beautiful baby weakly. It is all the energy she has left. She is weary, ill, and looking to a guaranteed long and indefinite recovery period at the hospital. Let us call her Hope. Not her real name, Hope suffered a critical complication following a C-section at a local medical center. Her fever and the breaking down of the surgical site resulting in infection caused her family to insist she be taken to Good Shepherd Hospital, a partner with the MBF in DR Congo (formerly Zaire).
She turns slightly. Every move is tiresome, and there is pain. Handing her newborn to family members, also exhausted from the events of the last few days, Hope pulls the sheets up under her chin and shuts her eyes. Her loved ones trust the surgical reputation of Good Shepherd Hospital, and she does too.
Much of what limited money Hope’s family has to spend is already gone, paid to the medical center where her baby was brought into the world. Subsequent surgery to save her life cost
more than their pooled resources could absorb. Good Shepherd admitted her anyway. This is an example of what partnering relationships with MBF can generate.
Hope, a name bestowed because of her renewed chance at raising her child, is also a word to describe what MBF and companion hospitals provide to citizens of developing countries. This one young mother left her bodily preservation to the promises of a good repute, and so her financial preservation is left to the generosity of those who join in efforts at supporting work like this.
Hope is not alone. Hundreds of similar scenarios occur each year. When considering family members, and a watching society, the lives improved by better, affordable health care cannot be counted.
Most significantly, Hope’s and innumerable people’s spiritual preservation is made possible due to MBF and a global collaboration to bring the gospel of Christ to the nations.