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Medical Outreach Team, Update 9: Sunday, May 11, 2014

 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Sanibonani!

Greetings everyone from South Africa. We are on our eleventh day of the trip and are grateful to be continuing our work here with the Mafus and the people of eSikhawini. After our day of rest on Sunday, we awoke feeling rested and energized for our fourth clinic today.

Today, we provided care for the Africa Christian Ministries staff and church members. We were happy to be able to serve the many people who have been so great to us on this trip and who have become our friends. The ACM staff have acted as translators, organizers, and helpful hands throughout our clinics, and we could not have been as effective without them. It was a joy to help them with their healthcare needs.

Some of our team members spent the day at the nearby Gubethuka Church creating an amazing mural in the daycare facility. Clay Davis, an automotive designer and talented artist, painted giraffes, elephants, and other animals on the walls, making for a bright and lively space that all can enjoy, especially the children.

We are busy preparing for our fifth and final clinic in the mountain town of Ingwavuma. It will be a long day, as we plan to leave at 5am, but we are looking forward to continue serving God’s people. We are excited to see new faces and hear the stories of the people of Ingwavuma.

The team continues to work well together, and it has been very rewarding to learn more about each individual. For us, the evening prayer meetings together have been some of the most meaningful aspects of the trip. By learning about one another’s life stories, we have become closer and more cohesive as a group.

We are so grateful for all of your support, and we ask for your continued prayers for the remaining tasks ahead. We are thinking about you, and we miss you all very much!

We love you all,
Maribeth and Nick, for the team

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Birthing Affirmations

The Midwives at Oakland Macomb OB-GYN are a beautiful alternative to the typical doctor-nurse-patient childbirth relationship. We are proud to have them and to be able to offer a traditional and centuries old option when you walk through the same doors where our award winning doctors practice Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to each of our Midwives, their philosophies and approach to childbirth, and much more. We are one of only a few OBGYN offices nationwide to enthusiastically embrace and include them inside a traditional OBGYN office.

Our Midwives are aware of, and support, hypnobirthing – a straightforward and gentle approach that reminds women that childbirth doesn’t have to be scary and, at its core, is thousands of years old and relatively simple.

As your months of pregnancy roll on, it’s not uncommon to worry and wonder if you really can do it. Many women get scared and develop anxiety issues and one aspect of hypnobirthing is practicing and reciting affirmations. These affirmations are meant to redirect your thoughts and remind yourself that, yes, you can do this and you might only need some slight help from a doctor, nurse or midwife. For thousands of years, women have given birth and it’s as beautiful today as it was at the dawn of time.

Be calm. Breathe deep. Know that you are strong and able. And we invite you to recite and believe you can give birth and your are beautiful.

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Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 10

Tuesday, April 23

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Sawubona Family and Friends,

Today is the day of the South African Jelly Fish. After a morning of taking inventory and cleaning the Mafu’s home and the dorms, the team and Baba Mafu took a trip to the beach. The team drove to Richard’s Bay with bated breath as the clouds and the winds were rolling in to the shore but shortly after we arrived and settled in to a place on the beach blocked by the sea wall and dunes, protected from the wind whipping sand at us, the sun began to shine and the wind died down. Some of the team enjoyed splashing in the surf. Other members relaxed on the sand. Most of us took walks along the shore or the pier in search of dolphins. In the end, no dolphins were spotted but many jelly fish washed up on to shore where team members marveled at God’s creation. Some even dared to touch them, while others were scouring the sea for snails and shells. We departed the beach at Richards Bay with the image of two monkeys running along the dunes and were lead out of the city by billowing clouds looking like angels and pink glowing mounds of fluff with the sun setting behind it.

Sorry for the short email but we will be getting up at 4 am to depart for the mountain for our final clinic. After the clinic, we will drive down the mountain to the game park, where we will stay until Friday morning. We will contact you at some point on Friday and provide the travel itinerary for our return.

Thanks everyone for your prayers we will continue to pray for all of you and cannot wait to see you in a few days.

Megan and Dakota, for the team”

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations (soon to be three) for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 9

We are proud to share the 9th update from the Medical Outreach Team, who traveled to African earlier this year.

“Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sawbona!

Today was truly a gift from God.  We awoke this morning to a cool breeze and a beautiful sunlit sky.  As I, Anna, have been reflecting on the time we have spent here, I continue to be overwhelmed with the normalcy of being in eSikhawini with the Mafus and ACM.  God is at work in mighty ways, and you see it in every smile and every tear of the Zulu people and our team.

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Yesterday was an amazing day.  We held our children’s clinic which served about 1/6 of ACM classes (about 375 kids – ACM has over 1800 kids in after school Bible classes weekly).  As Colleen, John and myself drove all over eSikhawini and picked up 30 kids at a time and watched them pile into the 10 passenger van, we was overwhelmed by God’s goodness and love for these children.  It was a great start to the day and a great reminder of why we are here – to share the joy of Jesus with children while they are still young. The clinic proceeded without a hitch.  Sanjeev, Megan, Dakota, John and myself dosed out thousands of pills and creams.  Geri kept busy giving each child a yucky tasting medicine for worms (which no one complained about).  Doctors Prasanth, Sharon, Cathy, Nurses Lynn and Deb saw all 375 kids and listened to every complaint and shared in every laugh and tear.  Vicki and Bernadette washed out ears and gave treatments, while Karen directed the kids to each doctor and station.  June and Ib dosed out pills and gave our team the gift of clean laundry.  Janice shared in the joy of sight as she tested kids for glasses.  

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The ACM staff served as our translators.  We continue to be so impressed with the commitment these young adults and mamas have for the children served by ACM.  The kids were on their best behavior as they waited for hours to see the doctors.  We were able to sing together, play together and pray together.  What a privilege God has given us to love on these children.

While the clinic was going on, Jim and Dan finished a prayer garden next to Grace Evangelical Church, in celebration of the friendship of Dr. Sharon and Dr. Isaiah and Mercy Mafu spanning 40 years.  During the service today, the garden was dedicated as a place for people to rest and be with God.  It is BEAUTIFUL!  

Worshiping today with my Zulu brothers and sisters was a profound experience.  God’s presence descended on us as we listened, danced, and attempted to sing with our Zulu friends.  How awesome is it that we worship the same God, no matter if we can understand what we are singing?

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Today was a glorious day! I, Sanjeev, among the rest of the team and our Zulu friends listened to Prasanth share the gospel. Baba Mafu asked him earlier in the week to share a sermon for today’s service. Naturally, he said he would pray about it and get back to him. A few days past and Baba Mafu came back to him and said he didn’t have to do it because of the festivities. He thought he was off the hook but yesterday he came up to him and asked him to do it again. But Prasanth agreed with great privilege. So with only a few hours to prepare, God spoke to him in a great way to share the gospel. The Zulu people say to everyone in the church, “We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior (in Zulu).” Prasanth broke down each part of that phrase. It was a sense of proudness I’ve never felt before for him. God has given him two gifts, the hand to heal and the voice to preach. If he was a pastor, I can honestly say I wouldn’t fall asleep in church if he was speaking. I may be a bit bias but he’s definitely got a gift to share the gospel.

Tomorrow, we have our fourth clinic day where we will serve the ACM staff and family. 

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This day won’t be as busy as the kids’ day but just as important because they are so important to ACM. We will also attend some of the ACM classes to see some children and play with them. We are all looking forward to seeing the kids, especially me. I was very sick yesterday and I didn’t get to play with the kids. So I am feeling better now and tomorrow I will be able to play with the kids. I was truly impressed that the kids took the medication for worms. I have taken one in the past, it is awful!

It’s hard to believe that a week has gone by and we only have a week left here. But every moment has been great and fulfilling.  We look forward to spending more time in fellowship with our Zulu brothers and sisters.  We are truly humbled that God is using us for His glory.

Anna and Sanjeev (for the team)”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Bernadette, Pransanth, and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805