Joan works alongside rural hospital and clinic staff in Chad to improve maternity care and to reach out to the unreached with the gospel.
Chad became independent from France in 1960. Since then, its politics have been characterised by violence, coups and insurgencies. It is a secular state with freedom of religion. Muslims are dominant in government, trade and the army, although they are only just the majority religion (approx 53%).
Chad is among the worst countries in the world for maternal mortality rates, standing at about 12 in every 1000, with a neonatal mortality rate of 114 in 1000. Figures like that, alongside all that Joan has seen over the last few years in Chad, led her to start work with a new health project in 2014. She works alongside a Chadian midwife to train village women who will in turn teach other women. This is all through a Chadian hospital that Joan has been involved with for three years. The goal of the teaching is to improve the health and well-being of women and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond through health education and encouraging women to attend antenatal clinics.
This ministry is a practical means of sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Joan will give good and compassionate care to Chadian women and education and support for Chadian health workers. Alongside this she will continue to pray and actively seek opportunities to share the gospel with unreached people as the Lord leads and to encourage and build up Christians in their faith and witness to the unreached.
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Partner with Joan Mackenzie
Joan works in general health education and maternal and infant care in N’Djamena, Chad.
If you would like to partner with Joan in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 9 March 2018
“I continue to support and encourage my fellow team members as they make progress in language/culture learning and in building friendships. They are becoming more proficient in language and having opportunities to share the hope they have in Jesus Christ; one has started to pray for patients in Chadian Arabic when he goes to the hospital on a Wednesday. For some time I have being connecting my colleagues with people in the community and the two Ethiopian men with the hospital staff. I was so pleased when one of the men said recently that I was like a bridge to the hospital for them. Relationships are so important in our context and create open doors for further sharing of truth. Pray for the right time for the two men to start more work at the hospital; pray for wisdom for my Unit Leader with those decisions.”
- 4 August 2017
“I have been asked by my AIM team leaders if I would help and support two Ethiopian families already experienced in ministry who are joining our Chad team and will live in the village where the hospital is based. We have found housing for them despite all the obstacles along the way, and are thankful for this provision. Pray that the work on the houses would be finished so they can move in next week. It’s exciting to see other Africans serving here, fully supported by their churches. Pray for them as they settle into a country with a different climate and culture, learn the language and reach out to the people around them. Pray for good friendships, and that they will be led to prepared hearts that are open to hearing about Jesus.”
- 13 January 2017
Joan is expecting a busy year ahead, including training eight health ambassadors this month, finishing a three-year project in August and writing a final report for it in September, and hopefully beginning literacy classes for some women who have expressed interest. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for Joan as she balances her time between her health education work, time working in the local hospital, and extra projects this year.