BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. It aims to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.

As a church we support their work and have signed up to their Birthday Scheme which is administered by Maria, one of our members. To find out more, head to https://downsbaptistchurch.org/community/mission-works/

Financial donations for 2021:- A wonderful £350

BMS continues to provide life-changing healthcare to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. In Chad, for example, there is only one doctor for every 25,000 people, and many die from treatable diseases.

Every day in Chad mothers and children die. Chad has one of the worst maternal and child mortality rates in the world with over 75% of women giving birth with no midwife or doctor present.

It is also one of the poorest countries in the world with many people struggling to survive day-to-day illnesses such as HIV, malaria and Aids which affect the lives of many.

The tragedy of malnutrition is killing vulnerable children. In 2016 Chad ranked 2nd bottom on the Global Hunger index, and nearly 40% of children have stunted growth as a result of not having enough nutritious food.

How BMS helps. It helps by maintaining a safe environment for mothers and children. In July 2015 BMS opened a new maternal health centre at Guinebor 2 hospital near the capital N’Djamena. BMS wants to continue supporting the centre which helps to safely deliver between 170 and 180 babies every month.

Working with malnourished children. BMS supports the work of 2 malnutrition workers who provide treatment to children, but also run a wider hunger prevention awareness programme.

Running a disease-prevention programme. This programme provides a basic medical awareness to people, as well as practical items such as mosquito nets, to try and prevent illness and disease.

Running a Christian outreach programme. BMS also supports the hospital chaplain and his outreach programme to the local Muslim-majority community. This outreach is done through prayer with patients, Christian film evenings and building positive relationships.

Thank you to all those who gave via this wonderful scheme during the past year.