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  • Julie Bigham

Headed out on Mission

This Friday, May 3rd, I’ll be heading out on mission to the FROG Centre in Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa, with a wonderful group of loving and dedicated men and women.

Our construction team will be busy laying the foundation for and building new classrooms for the day care. Once housed inside the Centre, the children will have new classrooms outside, and the old rooms will be transformed in to medical areas to provide privacy for preventative care exams.

Our children and recreational team will be showering the kids with love both in formal classrooms and afterschool activities in the community.

This year I’ll be providing the Virtual Dementia Tour, dementia training for the home-bound carers who provide service to their community out of the FROG Centre. This training, developed by PK Beville, founder of Second Wind Dreams, is a simulation of what it might feel like to have dementia, and helps build great sensitivity to, and compassion for those living with dementia. It is based on extensive research that PK completed as part of her the project for her PhD, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to share it with the carers at the FROG Centre. While this is my 3rd year returning to provide dementia training, I am joined this year by my good friend Santina Wright, LPN/Memory Care Director, and excited to share the work with her and to introduce her to some of the most dedicated and loving carers I have ever had the privilege to work with.

The topic of dementia is a big one, with over 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s Dementia right here in the United States. But did you know that there are over 50 million people living with dementia in the world? That figure is set to reach over 82 million by 2030, with 10 million new cases each year and 60% of those diagnosed, living in low to middle income countries. Yet still the reality remains, there is no cure, for those living in the US, or in Mitchell’s Plain.

The resources we supply, the training we share, the words of encouragement and support we offer, are so needed, and all that we really have as we battle this monster call dementia, together. If you are so inclined, our whole team would so appreciate your prayers for safety, good health, hard work, and great love for those we will be serving in Mitchell’s Plain. We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the community Centre this Sunday. God has provided for this moment every step of the way, with a multitude of faithful men and women, listening and following His lead, and I am so thankful for the small part I get to have in that growth.


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