Mission

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HISTORY of THE LOMAGUNDI CLINIC MISSION PARTNERSHIP
Founded in 2008 by members of the Denver Presbytery who had traveled to Zimbabwe and were
motivated by the lack of healthcare resources available to the people of Zimbabwe, the
Lomagundi Clinic Mission Partnership (LCMP) has been composed of delegates from Arvada
(Community of Grace) Presbyterian Church, Genesis Presbyterian Church in Littleton, Wellshire
Presbyterian Church in Denver, and Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church and in the past, South Park
Presbyterian Church in Fairplay, CO. The primary purposes of LCMP are to help provide
monetary support to the clinic (LCMP routinely sends $1500/month that covers the cost of
salaries for 7 staff members) and to offer prayers and encouragement as they persevere in very
difficult circumstances. Many of the people in Zimbabwe have concluded that their government
is unable to help them with many of their needs and that they will need to provide for those needs
themselves or with help from non-governmental sources. They are working toward that.
Zimbabwe has a national health system, which on occasion results in suspension of pay to the
healthcare workers at government hospitals and clinics. Even the most dedicated nurses and
doctors may refuse to continue working after they have not been paid for several weeks or months.
During those times, nearly all governmental health care ceases until the issue is resolved. In
Zimbabwe, very basic nursing care is provided for free, but the patient/family must pay at the
time of service for nearly all medications, for blood for transfusions, for surgical care, and many
supplies that Americans expect to be provided. For example, a woman planning to deliver her
baby at a government hospital must pay $150 in advance for the delivery and bring items from a
list of needed supplies that includes many basic items such as linens and a cord clamp. During
the pandemic, the local government hospital in Chinhoyi, was designated a COVID treatment
facility and everyone else was turned away.
The Lomagundi Clinic, known locally as the “Presbyterian Clinic”, was established by members
of the Lomagundi Presbyterian Church and began in a few empty administrative offices at the
church. The mission of the church is to provide consistent healthcare to members of the
congregation and to the surrounding community at a reasonable cost. In 2020, the clinic was able
to move into what had been the manse- -a 4-bedroom house on the grounds of the church that
was remodeled to become clinic space. In the near future, a birthing unit staffed by midwives will
also be housed in this building. Professional care of mothers and babies is sorely needed as up to
20% of all births in Zimbabwe occur without the presence of a professionally trained birth
assistant. Since 2018, the number of patient visits has increased nearly three-fold and antenatal
(pregnancy prior to birth) visits have increased more than ten-fold.
When the delegation from the Denver Presbytery was in Zimbabwe in 2019, electricity was only
available from 10 PM to 5 AM each day! This also applied to the Lomagundi Clinic. In 2023,
with funds provided by Wellshire Presbyterian Church, the clinic was able to purchase and install
a solar system that meets all their electrical needs, for lighting, for the refrigerators, for the well-
pump, and for all the necessary electrical medical equipment. They are now totally “off the grid”
and self-sufficient for power.
In addition to the ongoing daily needs, the clinic is steadfastly working toward obtaining a few
last essential supplies, and most importantly the 24/7/365 staffing that will be needed in order to
open their birthing unit.

 

 

 

MISSION PURPOSE

 

Being of service and working for justice are at the heart of being a follower of Jesus. Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church (WRPC) is known as the place “WheRe People Care.” This care is put into action in many ways; making a difference here in the city of Wheat Ridge and across the globe: the Whiz Kids tutoring program for Kullerstand Elementary Students; cooking meals for people experiencing homelessness; assisting Habitat for Humanity’s Carpenter’s Helpers in building houses in metro Denver; trips to and fundraisers for Zimbabwe’s Lomagundi Clinic; and more. You can find fresh ways to share the love of Christ through the mission work of WRPC.

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