Our Mission Partner is Michelle Proctor who is working with SIM (Serving in Mission) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.
Michelle has a base in Cambridge. She trained as a paediatric nurse in London and attended All Souls Church. For almost 20 years, she has worked as a Member of SIM (Serving in Mission) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia, Southern Africa, as a paediatric nurse and anaesthetist.
Mukinge Hospital is in the North Western Province of Zambia. It is a large general hospital with over 200 beds and is run by the Evangelical Church in Zambia, but it is also under the Zambian Government. The hospital management is mainly Zambian professionals. There is a busy outpatients department, two general wards, two paediatric wards, a maternity ward, a TB ward and an eye ward. The operating theatre is always busy and the surgeon and Michelle often have night calls. There are always challenges - including running out of blood for transfusions, dealing with broken equipment and sometimes running out of the most frequently used anaesthetic drugs - but God is faithful and the work continues.
Mukinge also has a Nurse Training School where about 100 students receive a two-year training, leading to the national Zambian Enrolled Nurse qualification. The nurses in training attend Bible Classes run by senior staff (including Michelle) and many go on to have significant roles in their churches and to serve as Christian nurses in government hospitals after qualifying.
Michelle’s work has two strands. She has specialized in anaesthetics, and is part of the operating theatre team as one of the hospital’s anaesthetists. The other strand of her work is Member Care, looking after other SIM mission partners in the area. Her usual pattern of work is each week to spend three days with the theatre team, and two days in Member Care. This involves quite a lot of hospitality; for instance, she has had another missionary staying with her while her house has been repaired. She is also involved in SIM decision-making in the country. In addition, she mentors other nurses and has a Bible study group, and prays with patients when she can.
All this she enjoys, but asks that we pray for wisdom, energy, good relationships, and a close walk with God.
Liz Bennett and Tim Britton are our Mission Partner Champions for Michelle Proctor. You can contact Tim for more information or to sign-up for Michelle's prayer letter. Michelle's work is our particular focus during the month of January.