In a place where poverty is the unfortunate norm and making a life for yourself is more than a simple challenge, people need something to interrupt the cycle. They need an intervention.
Haggai leader Dr. Rosie McNeil has come up with a plan to intervene in the lives of the unreached in her community through the Basic Care Intervention, where she is president and founder.
“In 1998, God laid on my heart the need to use our talents and resources to help alleviate human suffering, which is largely due to poverty,” says Rosie. “Poverty is often compounded by disease and ignorance of basic medical knowledge for everyday living. BCI is a response to these challenges.”
Basic Care Intervention’s goal is “to seek the young, to care for the lost, to treat the sick, and to feed the hungry.” Healthcare is expensive, and poverty runs rampant in these communities. Rosie and the BCI work to provide people with what they need both physically and spiritually.
“BCI uses the message of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to help people grow in faith and knowledge of Him, thereby making them worthy citizens of their communities, having a positive impact on their nations and the world,” says Rosie.
In 2007, Rosie was touched by the spiritual needs of her own community. When asking a neighbor’s son if he had heard of Jesus, he replied, “Who? Is that the woman that . . . ?”
After that, Rosie started a Sunday school using materials from the Great Commission Movement (Campus Crusade for Christ). She met many of the mothers in the community and later had enough interest to start a women’s Bible study.
Rosie also teaches human anatomy and physiology in a higher education program called the Extended Curriculum Programme for Medicine. The goal of this program is to help underprivileged South African black students gain access to the medical degree course and reduce student drop out.
“The human body is God’s miracle, and its complexity provides me with witnessing opportunities,” says Rosie. “It is a privilege to help them on their life journeys primarily by being a good example in my relationships with them. These students can eventually serve their communities and South Africa with integrity.”
Rosie credits the Haggai Leader Experience as the opportunity that helped her realize she could do more for the Kingdom of God than she thought. Rosie says it gave her direction and purpose for her ministry.
“It also helped make me more determined personally and in ministry service,” says Rosie. “I saw that as a clinician and medical academic (medical lecturer), I had the opportunity to witness to young university students.”
Through the Extended Curriculum Programme for Medicine and the Basic Care Intervention, Rosie is working to make sure that the people around her have the physical and spiritual necessities they need to live fulfilling and enriching lives.
“I want to make our world a better place,” says Rosie. “I want a future that is safe, peaceful, healthy, and loving. I want to have a world where people mutually love and care for each other.”