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When Pastor Helmut Reutter and his wife Esther first came from Germany to Zambia as missionaries in 1982, they had no idea that healthcare would quickly become one of the major facets of their ministry. Even before Helmut took up his teaching duties at the theological seminary west of Lusaka, Esther, a registered nurse, had her hands full attending to the hundreds of sick people in the area who sought medical help. From this small, tenuous beginning evolved a network of thriving mobile clinics that today continue to serve various rural locations in conjunction with Zambia’s Ministry of Health.
Confronted head-on with the scourge of HIV/AIDS, which was devastating the ranks of the young members of their church, the Reutters in 1996 founded Chreso Ministries as a response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the country. “Chreso,” derived from the Greek word chrezo, which means NEED, is an appropriate name because the Reutter’s perceived the HIV/AIDS crises as the surmounting physical NEED in their ministry.
Beginning as an outreach of compassion to attend to AIDS patients and serve them in their homes (Home based care), often until they died, Chreso Ministries quickly grew to a Voluntary Counselling and Testing Center (VCT) and, in 2004, expanded its operation into a full testing and treatment facility under the PEPFAR initiative. Under Helmut’s leadership, Chreso Ministries’ AIDSRelief efforts have continued to expand, most significantly with its transition to a full local partner to PEPFAR through CDC that oversees testing and treatment in Lusaka, Livingstone, Kabwe, Siavonga, and their respective surrounding rural areas. These ART Centers and their integrated mobile clinics now serve tens of thousands of clients, helping them to manage their HIV/AIDS and live healthy, productive lives.
In addition to overseeing Chreso Ministries’ HIV/AIDS work and pastoring a thriving church, Helmut and Esther have established successful vocational training schools, a university, and an orphanage.
To learn more, and to be inspired by the outworking of God’s providential power, read this dramatic account of The Chreso Story.
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