DNS RELIEF FELLOWSHIP
Distributing to the Necessity of Saints
Nudgings * May 2009
When I sat down to write this newsletter, a verse from Proverbs 24 kept coming to my mind. I wanted to share two changes with you two changes that we thought worthwhile, but that verse! I said to myself, “Surely that verse doesn’t apply to every change. After all, the Lord changed His plan for Nineveh, didn’t He? And Paul changed his itinerary because he decided that instead of going to Bithynia he would go to Philippi. Perhaps the verse, ‘Meddle not with them that are given to change,’ does not apply to all changes.”
DNS Relief Fellowship has not changed its interest and concern for Haiti and the deep poverty there. It is still much on our hearts. I mentioned before the multi-purpose building beside the medical clinic in Ouanaminthe. The walls are up, the metal roof is on and cement shipped from the U.S. will soon make possible a cement floor – something new for that north-east corner of Haiti. It should be virtually termite proof. Both the assembly and the Christian school will use that building.
No, DNS is not changing its focus, it is just responding to another area of need, Central Africa. You will understand how vitally important it is to have clean water in the hospitals in Africa and we are concerned.
At Chitokoloki, the Zambians haul their water for drinking, bathing, washing, cleaning, cooking, etc. from the Zambezi River. The missionaries at Chit have lost count of the number of both children and adults who have been ruthlessly snatched from the river bank by crocodiles, never to be seen again.
All hospitals must have sterile water, not Zambezi River water. Clean water is being trucked in but that is both expensive and inconvenient.
As well as caring for those who are hospitalized because of malnutrition, TB, malaria, leprosy, HIV/AIDS, cholera, accidents and many other very serious conditions, in one month the staff at Chitokoloki performs over 100 surgeries and welcomes more than 60 newborn babies.
That is why DNS is involved in sending equipment and is backing the manpower needed to drill wells in Zambia. Workers from Western Ontario, using a well driller shipped from Canada, are freely giving their time to drill deep wells in Africa. They are missionaries indeed because, through interpreters, they share the Gospel with the local people who
excitedly express their thanks for the Christian love shown to them. There is always a grateful audience at the well-drilling sites, always a thankful group eager to hear of the Water of Life and God’s simple plan of salvation.
It goes without saying that we crave your prayers. You are deeply appreciated. It is still the effectual, fervent prayer of righteous ones that avails much. (Jas. 5:16).
Please note: We have changed the home address of DNS from Suite 307 – 34 Swansea Road to Suite 301. We have also added www.dnsrelief.org. Many of you are computer literate and will be able to bring up that website on your computer. Two worthwhile changes.
John H. Adams