Faith, Hope, and Love Holistic Care Medical Network (FHL), since 2005
In South Sudan, preventable diseases are the leading causes of death, and the maternal mortality rate continues to be one of the highest in the world. Having access to basic medical care in this region can literally save thousands of lives. However, we do not only want to mend bodies but also care for the heart, mind and spirit suffering from decades of trauma from war.
In 2005, MWP began its preventive and restorative holistic care in South Sudan, building the first orphanage available for the Darfur refugees. After rescuing and providing hundreds of orphans with food, water, shelter, discipleship, and education, our indigenous staff saw the need to expand and improve the access to basic health and emotional care for the children and surrounding communities. Gathering support from partners in all 50 states and 20 different countries, and working in compliance with the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health in South Sudan, our first basic medical clinic was opened in 2006. A few years later, clinics were opened at the other two orphanage locations in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and Eastern Equatoria of South Sudan.
Today, these three clinics form part of the Faith, Hope, and Love Holistic Care Medical Network through which we meet the medical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional needs of our over 1,500 orphans, the most vulnerable of the surrounding communities, and provide valuable medical training to our staff, children and community members. Staffed by loving, godly, and well-trained indigenous nurses, medical technicians, and pharmacists; the MWP medical network serves nearly 45,000 patients per year.
The FHL Vision
MWP desires to expand and deepen the level of holistic care we currently offer. The FHL vision is to build a Christ-centered hospital and medical training center offering holistic care to body, mind, heart and spirit.
We invite you to join us in serving and saving the lives of the many vulnerable people in Sudan and South Sudan through the FHL medical network. Consider giving and/or going on a short term medical mission trip.
We live in a constant tension between deepening our work and broadening our work. There is no easy answer to the “deep vs. broad” question. To broaden our work is to save another life, take in another orphan, build another orphanage. By God’s grace, we will always strive toward this. To deepen our work is to improve the quality of life for the orphans we currently have, further equipping them to carry on the very work that we do today—on their own—in the future. As I pray through this tension, I realize the crux of the issue here is the sanctity of life. Many Believers define sanctity of life within a political vernacular as Pro Life, simplifying it to being anti-abortion. I think a more divine definition would cover honoring, protecting, and nurturing life from the womb to the tomb. It is not enough to save a child’s life from abortion, war, rape, slavery, or genocide, if you do not protect, provide, and prepare them for the life you have saved once they are in this world. – Kimberly Smith Highland, President