Wasaidizi Health Workers

Saturday, February 1


Wasaidizi Health Workers

Wasaidizi Health Workers

By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

All should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.

—Doctrine and Covenants 58:6d, adapted

On a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, 14 Wasaidizi health workers came to greet us. We met with the hospital doctors one afternoon, and it was obvious there was a heated conversation about a resolution. The health workers proposed, seconded, and unanimously supported a resolution about their assignments.

It seems HealthEd Connect gave most health workers a post or clinic where they volunteer and deliver hundreds of babies. A few, however, did not receive an assignment and desperately wanted one. Of all the tasks they could ask for, this was the one they most wanted—to volunteer and use their skills.

When I asked the hospital doctors how many women had died in childbirth last year, they had a short puzzled conversation in French, and then shook their heads and said they knew of none. The Wasaidizi told us the same. If that’s true, it is nothing short of a miracle.

The maternal death rate in Congo had been among the highest in the world. Go Wasaidizi! We left them with a small budget so they can meet a couple of times a year and support one another. It will be interesting to follow their progress and stories as they engage in the mission to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God, we praise you for the measureable relief of suffering brought about by caring hearts and hands. May we always realize what a positive difference our actions and support can make. We thank you for the opportunities to volunteer and share Christ’s love and peace.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who suffer. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying, “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will volunteer, and plan ways to help bring peace.

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  1. Thank you, Sherri, for sharing this wonderful testimony of how God works with some of the least blessed and yet the most blessed of his children. It brought tears to my eyes to know that such progress is being made in the Mission to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  1 February 2014

    What a wonderful achievement! Think of the lives you have impacted with your work. Well done!


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