We believe that prayer changes us and that all the work in the hospital, nursing school, orphanage and Bible School needs supporting with prayer: healing and prayer go together just as they did in Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels. So our newsletters ask for prayer for:
- Wisdom and strength for Pastor Isaac Mgego who is the Hospital Director, and for the staff in every ward and department of the hospital that they may have both skill and compassion in treating the patients and saving lives
- The Tanzanian government to fulfill its commitment to support the hospital through paying the salaries of the trained staff
- Wilbard Mrase, the Principal of the Nursing School, and the Tutors to inspire the highest standards of nursing practice in the students
- Canon Helon Chihamba and Pastor Frank Masingisa as they teach and nurture the students in the Bible School
- Ute Klatt, the mission partner from Germany as she runs the orphanage caring for the babies
- Good health and safety for ourselves and others from the different organisations supporting Berega in UK, Australia and USA, when we are out in Berega
Berega is a large village in the central Tanzania, 300 km inland on the road from Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma (the legislative capital). There has been mission activity in Berega since 1879, with many developments in recent years. The community in Berega includes:
- Berega Mission Hospital, with 120 beds and four wards (Men’s, Women’s, Children’s, and Maternity Wards) and an operating theatre that serves a population of about 220,000
- The School of Nursing at Berega was established in 2010 and the first Diploma nurses graduated in 2013
- The Orphanage cares for around 20 to 24 babies, whose mothers have died in childbirth, for the first two years of life, after which they are usually able to return to their families
- The Berega Bible School has between 30 to 35 students who train for 6 months to become evangelists or catechists in their villages, with some going on to do full training as pastors for three years in the Bible College in the Regional town of Morogoro
- St Mary’s Anglican Church in Berega is active and has five daughter churches in the outlying areas
- There is a recently established English-medium Church Primary School and two government primary schools and one girls secondary school
Therefore there are many opportunities for volunteers to come and share their health education skills in teaching nurses, doctors and visiting medical students in the hospital, the nursing school and the orphanage and to encourage the Tanzania staff and in teaching English in the Bible School and in the church and government primary schools and for us to learn from both the experiences in tropical/developing world medicine and from the faith and enthusiasm of the Tanzanian Christians!
The hospital has now got mains electricity and there are lots of opportunities to raise funds for equipment and facilities in the hospital and nursing school and also to sponsor student places at the Bible school: each Bible student raises about half their teaching and accommodation/living costs for the six month course but this leaves about £90 per student to be found through the International Teams Bible School
We give praise and thanks for the testimonies of how God has used faithful people over many generations to serve the people of Berega and to develop the work, each generation building on the foundations laid by their predecessors, ever since missionaries first came to Berega in 1879. Recently we are thrilled that the vision of the mission partners 10 years ago, for there to be a School of Nursing at Berega, has come to fulfillment, by the commitment to that vision of the Hospital Director and by God bringing together builders and engineers, doctors and nursing tutors, from three continents, to establish the school and that now its staff are entirely Tanzanian. It is producing skilled and qualified nurses who are making a real difference on the wards, not only in Berega Hospital but also in other hospitals and clinics in the region.
Now we are believing God for new volunteers, to go out to Berega, to teach and encourage and to learn and be blessed by developing the work further. There are opportunities in the hospital for all types of health workers and educators and in the schools, for teachers and for people with TESOL/TEFL training. Come and be part of what God is doing in Berega, and also support the work at home with prayer and by helping with raising the funds needed for the different projects.