Pregnant Women and Patients Receive Face Masks

Demonstrations for mask wearing and hand washing, Bible study, intercessory prayers, and a fellowship meal are included in the mask distribution at Mwami Adventist Hospital.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID)

[Zambia] During this COVID-19 pandemic, one of the preventive measures being encouraged by Public Health Officials is Masking Up, which has been declared mandatory in Zambia. Distribution of face masks is being done by a number of organizations, including churches.

During this month of May 2020, the Women’s Ministries department of East Zambia Field in the Southern Zambia Union Conference embarked on a new ministry of distributing face masks to patients, pregnant women, and bed-siders from the Mothers’ Shelter at Mwami Adventist Hospital. This is to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on the vulnerable who cannot afford buying masks, especially the elderly and pregnant women.

Adventist women contribute resources and engage a tailor who makes the masks. So far 210 masks have been distributed. This ministry is on-going and many people are being ministered to.

The distribution process includes a program for the recipients with demonstrations for wearing the mask, handwashing and sanitizing. The program ends with a Bible study, intercessory prayers, and a fellowship meal.

Contributed by Beatrice Bondo, director of Women’s Ministries of the Southern Zambia Union Conference

Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2020 Q3, summer issue