The construction of Green Pastures pastoral care centre is progressing well and the building is starting to take shape.
A government engineer came for a site inspection on 6 December to confirm that the construction is compliant with building regulations.
Below left to right: The site manager inspects progress; Inspection of the rebar work; fabrication of steel work for the roof.
Why the hospital needs the chapel
The need and vision for the pastoral care centre (chapel) at Green Pastures Hospital is a result of the hospital’s ambitious growth and expansion plans. Placing a chapel at the heart of the hospital is seen as an important step in this development.
Currently INF’s pastoral care workers and counsellors do their best to provide fellowship and prayers. But at the moment this can only happen on the hospital’s corridor due to lack of adequate space. Often this means getting in the way of the hospital’s clinical staff.
Having a dedicated building to minister to people, to pray together and have fellowship will not only make a big difference to patients. It will also be beneficial for their families and relatives, who are often very open at times such as this. A dedicated chapel will give us a place to welcome them and give them an opportunity to talk about their concerns or ask for prayer. Providing a private place will make it easier for Hindu or Buddhist families to ask for prayer and pray with pastoral care workers.
There is currently no space to facilitate church services within the hospital compound and patients need to visit local churches in the neighbourhood to attend weekend services. But even the short journey to the next local church can be challenging for someone with an injury or a disability. Having a chapel building within the hospital compound will make church attendance possible for many patients who may otherwise miss out. There are also plans to introduce daily staff fellowship times in the chapel. These are currently difficult to organise due to lack of space. Local churches are committed to sending their pastors, youth groups and young leaders to hold services and minister to patients, their families and hospital staff. This will bring the church and the community together.
Construction began last June and the building project is currently on schedule to complete the work by the end of April.