Spending time with people, whether they are sick, lonely, afraid or in prison, is one of the most personal gifts you can give.
When we visit the sick we not only bring comfort, but access to proper medical attention. Sadly, millions of people in South Africa have no medical aid or access to private health care. They are forced to rely on state hospitals and clinics, whose services have deteriorated rapidly. It’s not unusual to find patients sleeping on mattresses on the hospital floor, or left to lie on soiled bedclothes.
We visit parishioners and known families at home or in hospitals to offer support, encouragement and practical help.
Others are “sick” not from physical illness but from social isolation. Elderly people, especially those who can no longer get out and about, are often lonely and feel that they have been forgotten by the rest of the world. We offer friendship and a listening ear, knowing that it really does make all the difference.
We also visit prisons in the belief that friendship and prayer have the power to reform and heal wrongdoers.