Growing an integral disciple making in the health field
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Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is first of all a grassroots movement of transformed people being used by God to transform families, neighborhoods, workplaces and local congregations so that we may experience the fulness of the abundant life that Jesus Christ brings. The only way in which this grassroots movement can really make a significant impact, is through growing integral disciple making movements in all countries of the world.
Integral healthcare is the compassionate care of all the needs of whole human beings in their entire context.
Compassion is the appropriate identification with the suffering of others leading to enabling action. Compassion is elicited by the observation of suffering. We allow the pain of others to touch our hearts in an appropriate way – neither too much nor too little.
Too much will lead to burnout, too little leads to cold and distant relationships. Appropriate identification touches us deeply enough that it stirs us into action – enabling action. By this we mean that we empower those who suffer to identify and solve their own problems using their own means as soon as possible. We take extra care not to make them dependent on us in the long run.
The needs of whole humans
All the needs of whole human beings are important. In the real world, people have needs in ten major areas. Healthcare workers need to collaborate with others to ensure that the needs of whole humans are met in all ten areas.
- Faith / Spiritual
- Esthetical / creativity
- Legal / judicial
- Educational / literacy
- Social (interpersonal)
- Psychological (intrapersonal)
- Physical / somatic
- Environmental / technical
The Community Orientation Primary Care pilot project in South Africa (COPC)
To improve the preventative and promotive components of the Primary Healthcare approach, the National Department of Health in South Africa, has adopted Community Oriented Primary Healthcare (COPC), a program developed by the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Pretoria, as a key strategy.
COPC is primary care where professionals from different disciplines and approaches work together with organizations and people in defined communities to identify and respond systematically to health and health-related needs to improve health (T S Marcus).
Anglo American mining South Africa, in partnership with the (COPC) research Unit of the University of Pretoria (UP), seeks to introduce (COPC) in 22 mining sites across the country. Anglo have thus committed to a five year programme of (COPC) in these communities as part of their Social development contract with the Department of Mineral Resources.
In August 2020, the (COPC) research unit of the University of Pretoria invited the Healthcare Christian Fellowship South Africa (HCF SA) to develop a spiritual care package which would supplement the Primary Health Care component of (COPC) in mining communities. The aim of this will be to support the spiritual, emotional and social health of the Clinical Associates and Community Health Workers in the program and ultimately contribute to Biblical transformation of the communities they work in.
HCF SA is excited to be part of this venture and looks forward to extending its ministry into the household level of communities.