We know God is our “Great Physician.” In His generosity towards us, He often chooses to work His healing power through the compassion of willing hands.
Persecution Project has been privileged to partner with one particular pair of willing hands. They belong to Dr. Ahmed Zakariah, a heroic physician seeking to do the impossible: build a hospital in a war zone.
Dr. Ahmed is a native of South Kordofan State, home to the Nuba mountains. His medical “residency” took place with Tom Catena (“Dr. Tom”), an American missionary doctor at the Nuba’s only referral hospital.
But Dr. Ahmed is also a trained architect. In 2016, at the height of the fighting in the Nuba, Dr. Ahmed decided to branch off and build another hospital to take pressure off of Dr. Tom.
With whatever was donated or he could find, and with the help of voluntary labor from the community, Dr. Ahmed began construction.
Today, while still under construction, Gigaiba Hospital sees an average of 3,000 patients per month. That’s 36,000 patients per year— and one doctor.
Persecution Project has chosen to focus most of our ministry efforts in 2019 to helping Dr. Ahmed’s hospital construction. Naturally, a project like this will take a lot of time. As of this writing, the Nuba is still under a humanitarian blockade, which makes getting building materials into the mountains a very time-consuming and expensive task.
But the work is steadily moving along and much progress is being made. The PPF team recently delivered another large shipment of building supplies. In addition, a large medical consignment was delivered — with more medicine on the way.
This outreach is made possible by your generous giving as our ministry partners. We call it “active compassion,” but our Nuba family calls it hope for their children’s future.