Patients at Chainama and Levy Mwanawasa hospitals were on Saturday treated to a rare occasion when members of Lusaka’s St. Ignatius Parish shared meals with them.
Father Joseph Mwelwa (SJ) who described the event as ‘a few hours of tremendous experience’ said members and youths of St. Ignatius church ‘shared the love of Christ’ at the two hospitals as they went around the wards sharing food with the patients.
“It is such a great experience to share with the patients; another group went to Chainama East and West to share with patients. They told us that their experience was such a joyful one.
“The sick people need love from society, they must know that they matter and society must in a way include them and let them feel that they are part of society,’’ said Fr. Mwelwa
He said that the idea of sharing meals with patients started last month when the parish shared food with sick people at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
“Then we thought we could do this once a year. This idea was however amended when one member of the parish decided to donate her salary for this noble cause.
“This led to others supporting with food, money and other materials in order for us to do what you have seen today. We are over-joyed to share the love of Christ in this manner,’’ he said.
Relatives of the patients could not suppress their joy as youths in green bibs went round the beds to share the food that they had prepared with patients.
One of them said: ‘’We have been fed and the food was good, we have all eaten; the food was enough, we are thankful, we are so thankful to the church for sharing with us.’’