St. Mellons Baptist Church

What's on

Sermons
×

Home / News

The story of Rodwell Khomazana

On 2 May 9-year-old Rodwell Khomazana was attacked by a hyena and suffered life-changing injuries. The attack took place when Rodwell was with his family at a night religious service at Zviratidzo Zvevapostori Apostolic Church in Zimbabwe and was sleeping. In the attack Rodwell suffered terrible injuries losing his nose, left eye, most of his upper lip and parts of his forehead and face. He was rushed to Harare’s Parirenyatwa Hospital, the largest hospital in Zimbabwe, where surgeons stabilised his wounds but didn’t have the resources to repair the terrible wounds to his face. A senior nursing sister Chaku Nyamupaguma volunteered to care for Rodwell. The excellent medical care Rodwell received in Zimbabwe saved his life.

Rodwell’s mother couldn’t afford the specialised surgery he needed, which is only available outside Zimbabwe, but contacted doctors in South Africa who agreed to operate on him free of charge in a private Johannesburg clinic. The news was shared, many people prayed, and donations came in to cover the full cost of getting Rodwell to South Africa. One of the team managing Rodwell’s medical evacuation said, “It’s just very overwhelming to see the amount of love that people have shown so readily, without even knowing him.”

Dr Ridwan Mia, a renowned plastic surgeon who is leading the team operating on Rodwell, said, “If he wasn’t to have this reconstructive surgery, I think we would be hearing a terrible story of a child who probably will not face society again. And that was the big key, that we can get him a face that he can walk around in public with and still feel and be as normal a child as possible.” As well as the reconstructive procedures, Rodwell will need months of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy to help him speak properly again, eat by himself again, be able to play football with his friends once more and gain the independence any young boy deserves to have.

The responses of the medical teams in Zimbabwe and South Africa and the generosity of people are a great example to us all. One of the greatest commandments is, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Jesus said, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Jesus came into this world to reveal God to us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made his light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”

This article is brought to you from Thought for the Week. To read more about this ministry, click here.

Share this post:

Chapel is open!

However, the ongoing pandemic and associated Welsh Government Regulations means that our capacity is limited and therefore restricted to advance bookings only.

For more details on services currently running see our What’s-On page and see our COVID-19 page for details on how to book into services in the Chapel and the restrictions we are currently applying.

Share this post:

Thought for the Week

Every week, our former assistant minister, Peter Milsom, writes an article which relates the teaching of the Bible to daily life and current events. These weekly articles are brought to you from the Thought for the Week website. You can read more about the ministry here.

We invite you to read the articles each week and pray that they will enable you to find real help and encouragement in God’s Word and especially in his Son, Jesus Christ. The articles are also published every week in newspapers throughout the UK.

Below are some of the most recent articles. Click the links to read the full articles on the Thought for the Week site. From this week, they will also be posted on our blog.

  • by Peter
    In 1995 Fernando and Elizabeth Jimenez came to England as Christian missionaries from their native Costa Rica. In 2017 their 24-year-old daughter Maria was killed in a car crash on the A3 dual carriageway near Guildford. The car, which belonged to Maria, was being driven at 100mph by her friend Nick when he lost control. […]
  • by Peter
    As the number of casualties increases in the intensive conflict in the Donbas in east Ukraine the demand on surgeons is very heavy. They are treating thousands of people, both military personnel and civilians, who have life-changing and life-threatening injuries. These surgeons are thankful for the help of world-renowned war surgeon, Dr David Nott, who […]
  • by Peter
    On 8 June 1972 a 9-year-old little girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, ran from her village Trang Bang, north of Saigon, after a napalm attack. Kim and her family were sheltering in a temple when they heard planes overhead. They ran outside to find safety, just as bombs detonated containing napalm, a flammable liquid that […]
  • by Peter
    Millions of people in the world are facing a serious financial crisis. In the past two years the number of food-insecure people has doubled to 276 million. Every night men, women, and children in the developing world go to bed hungry with little prospect of their situation improving. They don’t have enough money to buy […]
  • by Peter
    This weekend millions of people around the world will join Queen Elizabeth II in celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. The coronation of Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. She acceded to the throne when she was 25, following the death of her father in 1952. During the service, Elizabeth […]
Share this post: