Our work in Angola is a primary healthcare outreach with SIM, MAF, AGA and CEML. SIM is our excellent US sending mission organization (www.sim.org), Advancing the Gospel in Angola (AGA) is out of New York and has been hugely involved in supporting the work at both CEML and Cavango. CEML is the beautiful mission hospital in Lubango that invited us to Angola to work in primary care with rural people groups. God works miracles every day at CEML through surgeons Steve Foster, Steve Collins and Annelise Olson, as well as other physicians and nurses, serving all comers from literally all over this part of Africa.
We currently live and work in Cavango, where Tim is present about two weeks/month, treating people with illness/injury, making disciples, sharing the Good News and leading community efforts to improve the physical and spiritual health of the people in Cavango and surrounding villages, and simply loving and serving the beautiful people of this region of Angola (see Angola map @ kubackisinangola.com).
Tim prays with each patient, emphasizing to them that only God gives life and heals, and that (like us) he often uses tools to do His work (doctors, nurses, medicines, friends, etc). He especially loves utilizing His people to help hurting people. Knowing that only He heals and that He hears our requests for help, we ask Him to resolve the health problem and to reveal Himself more and more to the person for whom we are praying.
One of the joys of my (Tim) work is a daily morning discussion with the patients and their families. We talk for about 30 minutes about how we can improve our physical and spiritual health. Improving physical health involves discussion of various symptoms that adults and children face in this culture and how they can make sound decisions as to how to respond to the various symptoms. The spiritual health discussion involves a teaching on God’s Kingdom, revolving around a passage from the bible, followed by questions and discussion. There is nothing better than this interaction with this revolving group of people and they are always grateful for the input and interaction, as few have the opportunity for such interaction in their rural villages.
A brief video showing our morning group discussion
Betsy teaches English and enjoys building relationships with especially the women in Cavango and the surrounding area. She handles the administrative duties associated with the small Cavango clinic/hospital and also assists SIM Angola administratively with current and new missionary personnel as to missionary care and the sometimes complicated logistics involved in serving in a country that often presents challenges to people from other countries serving in Angola.
The last two weeks of each month, Tim travels by small plane with Mission Aviation Fellowship Canada (MAFC) (mafc.org) to remote sites in southern Angola to hold clinics among people groups living in areas difficult to access by car. The work is sadly plentiful and the health care need great after 30 years of war and little current health care infrastructure. In these rural areas, there are many tribal groups with no or little gospel presence and it is these groups that we are targeting with our health care ministry and public health interventions, while demonstrating and communicating with them our Father’s love.
We are especially targeting unreached people groups (Mucabal, Bushmen and Muhimba) in the southwest part of the country and have been faced with resistance from the government in granting us permission to work among these groups and are praying that our Father either opens up more opportunities among these peoples or redirects us to others that He would prioritize in this place at this time. We also are prioritizing the extremely rural, desert southeast, a large and greatly neglected area, home to virtually no healthcare infrastructure. As of July, 2015, we have committed one week per month to specifically two areas in the southeast: Mavinga and Rivungo.
For this primary health care outreach, we have three small planes and two pilots and over our first four years we have made many trips especially to the southern part of the country and served many with medicine, educational talks, and sharing the truth of our Father and His grace and love for these beautiful people.
The need is far greater than what we can meet. We would love to see several doctors, nurses and non-medical missionaries join our effort to reach out to especially these remote peoples of Angola.