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The Harvey Family

Hello Friends and Visitors! We are Dr. Joseph and Rebecca Harvey, medical missionaries with Christian Health Service Corps in the Republic of Congo. We are serving our Lord Jesus Christ here in this central African nation with the goal of bringing God’s hope and healing to the people of Congo.

Our primary work is at Congo's Pioneer Christian Hospital (a.k.a. “H.E.L.P.,” the acronym for its local French name, “Hôpital Evangélique ‘Le Pionnier’”) in the northern city of Impfondo, where Joseph serves as founder and medical director. Pioneer Christian is a 60-bed general mission hospital in the heart of the Congo River Basin Rainforest. The mission of Pioneer Christian Hospital is to provide health and hope to those who need it most.

The hospital's location in Impfondo, Capital of the Likouala Region, on the banks of the Oubangui River, a major tributary of the Congo River, provides ready access to the Equateur Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Central African Republic, Cameroun, and the rest of Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), via established river, road, and air routes.

Pioneer Christian Hospital serves as a referral center for an estimated population of 300,000 people, including local residents, villagers, and vulnerable people groups including indigenous peoples, refugees, the poor, elderly, chronically ill, and AIDS orphans and widows.

A combination of missionary volunteers and paid Congolese staff provide a full spectrum of services 24/7 including: Obstetrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, Surgery, Consultation, Laboratory, Medical Imaging, Pharmacy, Chaplaincy, Administration, Maintenance, and Security.

Conditions commonly treated include malaria, sexually-transmitted diseases, motorcycle accidents, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, meningitis, monkey pox and other infectious diseases. Less exotic conditions including pregnancy, hernia, hypertension, gastritis, diabetes, and other diagnoses are also commonplace.

The hospital aims to offer healing to the whole person, integrating physical, social, and spiritual treatment as needed. As a result, Pioneer Christian Hospital is already having a positive impact on the mortality and morbidity of the entire region through the medical, surgical, and chaplaincy services provided.

Pioneer Christian Hospital's 17-acre campus with its 32 buildings has room for growth for additional ministries to serve the needs of Impfondo's population.

Pioneer Christian Hospital relies on God's provision through His people to continue the work of providing health and hope to those in need, as well as the development of new services.

We invite you to join with us in this ministry, as God leads you through prayer, financial support, and volunteer service with us.

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