South Africa is one of the most developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It enjoys a great measure of economic and political prosperity. Yet, in the midst of much apparent well-being, South Africa is a land of stark contrasts. Extreme wealth exists alongside extreme poverty. While the rich seem to be getting richer, the poor seem unable to shake loose the shackles of their poverty. One of the things that ominously threatens to destroy South Africa’s relative stability is HIV/AIDS. This destructive disease has reached epidemic proportions, particularly among the poverty stricken classes of the population and it carries many ramifications into all areas of life. 


Word & Deed partners with the Nakekela Christian Community Care Agency and Mukhanyo Theological College in South Africa.

Mukhanyo Distance Learning: Mukhanyo Distance is designed to increase the availability of high quality, Reformed Bible teaching with contextual application in Africa. This is being done by developing DVD distance training courses and making them available to those who do not live within travelling distance of the college. There are three important parts to the Mukhanyo Distance programme in providing a stable learning platform: DVD courses, group learning and local tutoring. 

Nakekela HIV/AIDS Clinic: The Nakekela Clinic is a step-down clinic for AIDS patients in KwaMhlanga, South Africa, an area where the HIV/AIDS infection rate is over 50%, and there are more funeral parlors than any other type of commercial business. There are 20 beds in the clinic and a staff of nurses and doctors. Staff members visit and assess not only potential patients but also follow up with those who have already been discharged. Dr. Sonja Miskin oversees the medical aspects of the clinic. The purpose of the clinic is to treat AIDS patients and to alleviate the horrible symptoms that accompany the disease while bringing the Word of God to the afflicted. News about the quality of care, the compassionate attitude of the staff and the spiritual aspect of rehabilitation at Nakekela has spread so that many would rather care for their sick family members and wait until a bed opens at Nakekela than to send them to the local hospital. Due to the lack of space at Nakekela, in 2012 Word & Deed supported Nakekela as they expanded their clinic by three rooms and eight beds (two wards and a large patient lounge). This means eight more people in the clinic receiving care and eight more people hearing about the good news of the Gospel! A key element of Nakekela's ministry is the home based care (HBC). There are currently eight home based care workers (two teams of four).

 

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