Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe, a 60-year-old icon of Southern Baptist overseas work, fell into serious disrepair as that country’s economy collapsed
Sanyati Extreme Makeover
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Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe, a 60-year-old icon of Southern Baptist overseas work fell into serious disrepair as that country’s economy collapsed. The problems included a completely broken water system, leaking roofs, rotting fascia, termite damage, and electrical malfunctions. The hospital’s electrical supply was so unreliable that staff had installed auto headlights and a battery in an operating room to be sure doctors weren’t plunged into the dark in the middle of surgery.
The five-year “extreme makeover” plan for Sanyati intends to restore the facilities at the hospital—which handles 35,000 outpatients and 1,800 inpatients a year, as well 1,000 surgeries and 2,000 babies each year—to a state where they can be locally maintained. A dozen teams a year will be needed over the course of the project.
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October 22nd, 2013July 24th, 2013
One of the volunteer teams from Georgia painted murals on the outside of hospital and in the maternity wards.April 18th, 2013
BGR partners are in their third year of the Extreme Makeover of Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe.December 19th, 2012
Flickering candles cast the young woman’s shadow on the wall. She has traveled miles—mostly on foot—to deliver this child.October 19th, 2012
Volunteer teams from the U.S. continue to work steadily on the Sanyati Baptist Hospital Extreme Makeover project.February 3rd, 2012
The “extreme makeover” of Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe is no ordinary project, but the crew of nine youngsters, ages 11-18, that descended on the place in December were no ordinary kids.July 8th, 2011
Volunteers are digging into the renovation of the historic Sanyati Baptist Hospital so new generations of Zimbabweans can experience for themselves the love of the Great Physician. Many more teams, however, will be needed to complete the ambitious five-year project.May 3rd, 2011
Rick Sykes needs a few dozen “MacGyver guys” for a life-changing “extreme makeover” adventure that will make an eternal . . .
When it comes to engaging a world in need, we value prayer above everything else. But Jesus specifically commanded his followers to "Go," and Baptist Global Response (BGR) encourages God's people to personally take the love of Christ to people in need. Each project described below includes contact info to learn more about how volunteers can help. General information about volunteering through BGR can be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com.
List of Current Needs:
- July 13th, 2011
Individuals or groups interested in participating in the Sanyati Hospital Makeover may e-mail Peter Sierson
September 30th, 2013
Praise-BGR is partnering with Southern Baptist churches to refurbish the Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe so it can better provide primary health care to the 100,000 people who live nearby, as well as thousands more who travel long distances to seek care. This total makeover project involves 30 to 50 volunteer teams from the U.S., who need a place to stay while they are working on the hospital. BGR partners operate a guesthouse for those volunteers, and when volunteers are not onsite, other guests use the facility, making it more sustainable.September 6th, 2012
As the Sanyati Hospital Makeover five-year project comes towards the end of its first year, many people are to be thanked for their contributions to the makeover. The Sanyati Association of Pastors and some of the area primary schools issued a note of thanks not only to those volunteer teams involved in the renovation of the hospital but also to those volunteers who led in work with local churches and visited new mothers in the hospital and waiting mothers at the clinic. The community was grateful for all the work done. On September 6, the area pastors and hospital administration are sponsoring a "Prayer and Praise" time in the hospital chapel to acknowledge God's faithfulness in what has been accomplished this year. Pray that this service will be honoring to the Lord. Pray for what needs to be accomplished in the years to come. Praise the Lord for the new Zimbabwean doctor who arrived August 1. The Zimbabwean government has also sent a crew to paint and tile. Praise the Lord for contributions the government is making to this project!June 14th, 2012
Sanyati Baptist Hospital has nearly a 60-year history of health care, education and ministry. The economic crisis of Zimbabwe over the last decade has left the hospital in a place of hardship. On average, the hospital sees about 35,000 outpatients and 1,800 in patients. Having a facility for child births and minor surgical procedures makes this a very important and vital busy hospital.
BGR partners are working on an "extreme makeover" of the hospital, mobilizing volunteers from both US and Zimbabwe churches. This is a five-year plan that interested churches and organizations can request to join.
Current prayer requests for the project include:
* Pray that the required building materials for each volunteer team can be acquired and on site before the team arrives.
* Ask God to provide regular supplies of water and electricity so work can be done effectively.
* Pray that volunteer teams will experience good health while traveling and that there will be no injuries during the construction work.
* Pray that the volunteer teams will have an impact on the Sanyati community at large.
* Ask God to provide the needed support that volunteers need to make the trip.
* Pray for team members living on site. Ryan and Rashel Sifford (and three children) have made Sanyati their home until September. Ryan is overseeing the construction. Mickey Smith is a volunteer living there until November. He is helping with administrative and logistical needs. Angie and Luke Byler return to Sanyti in July, along with Dr. Mark Byler. Dr. Byler will be staying several months.
The first volunteer team, made up mostly of Kentuckians, launches the five-year renovation plan for Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe.