Charles Johnson wrote -
In May, 2012, a mission team from Rivers of the World traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit and assess the medical mission of a number of hospitals supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). While these facilities receive some support from PCUSA, their needs far exceed that level of support. During visits to several of the hospitals, it was noted that a number of their beds lacked mattresses; in one, a small child, suffering severe malnutrition, sat on a small piece of plywood on his bed's springs. When asked about this, we were told that mattresses had been burned several years ago following an ebola outbreak and they had not yet been able to replace all of them. As we continued our visits to other hospitals, we saw the need for new mattresses over and over again.
The initial goal of this fundraiser was to raise $50,000.00 to purchase and deliver 375 new vinyl covered hospital mattresses to these hospitals which are located in some of the most remote places on earth by Christmas; we not only hit our goal, but exceeded it and plan to keep after it to help other hospitals. We have had some preliminary conversations about similar needs in other countries and will begin to see how we can help address them. Thank you for your support.