As you may be aware, the Central African Republic (CAR) has been in the middle of political unrest for the past year and a half. As a result, the children we serve in our nine Learning Centers in the city of Bangui were scattered throughout various refugee camps.
Fortunately, the political situation in the country has improved and the children we serve are settling back into normal life. Praise God! In addition to this good news, in June we started a new partnership in Bangui with the health organization Three Strands.
Three Strands, a Christian medical non-profit, has been working in the CAR for several years. Started by a former medical missionary couple and run by CAR residents, the organization seeks to “create a world-class surgical facility that becomes a beacon of hope for suffering people in the Central African region.”
VisionTrust will specifically be working with CAR physician’s assistant Paul Dibona and his wife, Denise. The couple has been faithfully serving the medical needs of their community for over 20 years. Paul and Denise will be working with our nine Learning Centers in Bangui, visiting each of them once every three months. Their intention is to teach the children preventative care while assessing their individual health progress. If and when a child gets sick and needs immediate attention, VisionTrust will send the child to Paul and Denise at the Three Strands clinic to receive the necessary care.
We’re excited and encouraged to see how God is bringing together people and organizations with similar visions in order to better serve His Kingdom.