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Pedrinah Thistle

My Story

Pedrinah Thistle is a Zimbabwean born nurse educator and midwife. She received her training at Howard and Muvonde Mission Hospitals in Zimbabwe, and in 2009, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science by correspondence with the University of South Africa with majors in Health Services Management and Health Sciences Education. Pedrinah is currently completing her studies towards her Masters in Public Health.

Paul and Pedrinah are ordained ministers. They have been providing medical, social and spiritual care to an under served area of Zimbabwe for 18 years. Pedrinah has a special interest in youth counselling, and where possible, has provided educational assistance to hundreds of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. At Karanda Mission 75,000 patients seek attention each year at the hospital, many more served by the community outreach programs. The majority are subsistence farmers. There is satisfaction in the daily tasks of the ministry: a mother saved in childbirth, a malnourished infant restored to health, an adult living with HIV counseled on healthy living. There is always hope, amid the most difficult circumstances. Joy does find a way.

The Thistles have three sons, James (15 years), Alexander (11 years) and Andrew (1 years). James and Alexander are teaching Andrew how to read, write and watch out for snakes and scorpions in the backyard!


Ministry Focus:

“Holistic (medical, social and spiritual care) to under served people in Zimbabwe : Education, Health and Hope”

The People:

Karanda is a 150 bed mission hospital in the Mount Darwin district hospital of northern Zimbabwe serving 220,000 people. We have a nursing school, training midwifes and general nurses. We see over 75,000 patients a year. Karanda opened in 1961 to help meet the need of the mission stations with clinics spread across the Zambezi Valley. Churches began and soon the need for health care arose.

Everything at Karanda is about medical care, even our grounds staff can be considered part of this. We have 200 staff members. Besides the hospital and nursing school we also have a primary school for the staff children, a goat project to allow HIV positive mothers to feed their babies, and an orphan care, home based care project.

Primary Prayer Request:

Spiritual and physical health for the people of Mount Darwin district

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