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Medical Outreach Team, Update 10

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Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of our mamas in the US!

Today was a day of celebration and farewells. We were blessed to worship with our Zulu brothers and sisters at Grace Evangelical Church – and what a celebration of God’s faithfulness it was!  We danced, shouted with joy, tried to clap to the beat, and uttered the little Zulu that we know.  As we sang one of my favorite Zulu hymns “Beyethe, Nkosi! (We bow before our God and King)”, I was reminded of what a mighty God we serve. The sounds of the Zulu people filled the room as we celebrated His goodness.

There were many special moments in the service today.  Bob, Esther, Geri, and Karen did a small craft with 40 Sunday school kids. They were filled with glee as they saw their handprint in paint on a memento to take home. All of the mamas on the team (Cathy, Karen, Maribeth, and Anna) and the church were called to the front of the church to honor us for Mother’s Day. As we danced to the front of the church, the gogos (grandmas) danced with no inhibition as they were called upon one at a time to honor them.  It was a joyous and extremely special moment. We also dedicated the new ACM daycare. Sharon shared the story of Kenny and God’s faithfulness in providing for ACM over the years. The daycare will now bear the name of “Kenny’s Creche” in honor of Kenny and serve as a remembrance of God’s provision and plan. The team also said their farewells to the church as next week at this time we will be home.

The afternoon was spent in rest, reflection, and fun.  We will spend tomorrow serving the ACM staff and Grace Evangelical Church members at our fourth clinic and will prepare for our last clinic up in the mountains.  Clay and a small team of people will start on a mural at the new daycare.  It will be full of whimsical African animals – so I am told.

We pray that all of you at home are healthy and well.  Please continue to pray for strength, endurance, and that we would finish strong.

We love you all!

Anna (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

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

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 8

Janice

Saturday, April 20

Greetings in the name of the Lord from South Africa,

We had a busy day. At the children’s clinic we were blessed to give care to over 370 of the cutest children age 3 years to 18 years old. We were grateful to God that we only had a slight rain which brought all the children in the building for a short period of time. One of the highlights of the day was hearing the children singing God praises. At the clinic all of the children received some medications and received a sandwich for lunch. Many of the children we saw were treated for worms and many skin ailments. For many of the kids this will be their only doctor visit this year. The children were told that we were here because Jesus loves them. Watching the children in such a large number reminded me that kids are kids. During devotions this morning we talked about how Jesus dealt with the little children, telling His disciples to let the little children come to Me. All and all this day was a reminder to me that we are all God’s children.

Vicky

The glasses station is a very popular place! Black, brown, lipstick red, cobalt blue, animal print, and many more beautiful glasses have gone home with new, very happy owners! Several patients that stand out are a 17 year-old who got some fairly strong near-sighted glasses for the very first time, a dear older lady who broke out into song at getting her glasses (“I can see clearly now…”), and an 8 year-old boy who came in looking very discouraged but left with a pair of glasses and a huge smile on his face. It’s wonderful to see faces light up as blurry symbols become clear!

We are very thankful for the prayers from home to the God who gives us strength to do more than we could ever do on our own!

For the team,

Vicki and Janice” 

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

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 7

“Greetings from S. Africa!

Today was a day of rest and regrouping. I had an opportunity to lead devotionals today, where we looked at Exodus 14:13. (Thank you guys for praying for boldness).

“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.”

I described how God rescued the Israelites in such a miraculous way. God wanted the Israelites and the Egyptians to know that He alone was the One who would rescue them. We then spent some time recalling how God has brought rescue in our own lives. It was an encouraging time to give God praise for His undeniable work in our lives.

PrasanthMedicalOutreachTeamWe spent a few hours taking inventory of the remaining pills in our clinic in preparation for our remaining 3 clinics. Cathy, Sharon, and I looked at pediatric dosing in order to streamline our Tylenol/Ibuprofen administration. We plan to see around 450 children tomorrow so it’s important we make things simple in order to shuffle these kids through!

We spent the afternoon and evening at Richards Bay, spending an hour at the Indian Ocean. This was an awesome experience! It rained most of the day and the waters were rough. There was this blanket of mist over the beach. It was a perfect picture of God’s majesty and great power. Honestly, none of us were prepared to see a glimpse of what the Israelites may have seen thousands of years ago. It was a good day and we even saw dolphins! (That was pretty cool!)

We ended our day with two life tokens from Dakota and Megan. It was another opportunity to see God at work in each of our lives. He is doing some good things in a lot of our team members. Thank you for praying for that!

Tomorrow is our main kids clinic. Please pray for supernatural peace and divine strength/endurance to see all of these kids! Please continue to pray for precision and accuracy in diagnosis and drug distribution and God’s hand of blessing on each child.

Thank you for laboring in prayer on our behalf. Bless you.

Prasanth, 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

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 6

“I greet you all in the name of of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is how we greet our Zulu brothers and sisters here in South Africa. I cannot believe that today is Thursday and just last week at this very time I was experiencing so many different emotions as I packed for this trip. Jesus is moving here in South Africa and it’s an amazing experience to be a part of.

GeriMedOutreachToday we put on our second clinic for the people that live in the community near the Mafu’s home. I am thankful for the beautiful weather today, the drop in temperature from yesterday and the warm breeze that we felt from the Indian Ocean while our team worked. The people of the community here arrived very early in the morning and waited all night with the mosquitoes and as the sun rose and the heat increased, they waited and sat there patiently for us to arrive. They sat there the entire day with the sun beating down on them and not one person had a complaint about their wait. We had planned to see only 120 people today, but Dr. Cathy summed it up perfectly…

“It was like the fishes and loaves today.”

We finished our clinic :30-minutes earlier and saw 30 more people than yesterday.

I have been working in the pharmacy during the clinics. The medicine is what the people come for. They come for the power of the medicine, the healing that it provides. Many of the women stopped many of our team members to tell us “God bless you,” even in the pharmacy where they are anxiously waiting for the healing medication. One woman told me, “This medication is powerful,” and the only reply that I had was “God is the one who is powerful, all of this comes from Him.” How incredibly true is that though? Everything that we have comes from Him. The woman thanked me profusely and told me that she will see me next year and she made sure to let me know not just the team, but me, myself personally.

This is my first trip, but from what I hear there has been a shift in the attitude of the Zulu people toward our team, they are no longer fearful of us, but share their love in abundance. These people now expect this medical team to come to them each year, hoping that we would come more than once. For some, our doctors are the only doctors that these people see during the year. WOW! What we take for granted in the U.S.

Last night we did our devotion outside of the house in the driveway, looking up at the stars. We could hear the ocean in the background, felt the cool breeze blowing on us and I am pretty sure I could see every star that God created. We sang together the song, “How Great Thou Art.” What a beautiful moment that filled every sense that our human bodies could handle. I look forward to more moments like that in our short time here. Again, WOW! What we take for granted in the U.S.

God bless every one of you who has supported our team,

Geri, 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

Postcards from The Medical Outreach Team, Part 2

More from our Medical Outreach update came from Sally Galloway. Here is the second update from their mission.

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“Sunday – April 14, 2013

Sawubona. Greetings from South Africa.

We have arrived, all 19 people, 49 suitcases, 19 carry-ons; taking 1 bus, 3 planes, 3 vans, 2 trucks, over the course of 36 hours, but we are once again in South Africa. Thanks to all of you for your vigilant prayers for safety for this leg of the journey.

We started the day early by experiencing our first Zulu church service.  The Zulu people worship God with their beautiful voices lifted in song.  As we sat listening, we were absorbed into their worshipping.  Even though we did not understand the language, we knew we were worshipping the same God.  We felt God’s presence.  It was awesome!

Baba Mafu is a dynamic speaker.  He spoke mainly in Zulu but still we felt his passion for our Lord. At the end of the service, Baba Mafu begins a receiving line in which everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, greets each other with a handshake and a smile.  How incredible it is that we are so different from each other yet are loved and love the same Mighty God.

The afternoon was spent resting in preparation for the busy days ahead, which will begin early tomorrow, counting medication to be used at our first clinic on Wednesday. We finished the day reminded that God is not just in a building that we visit once a week for church. God is a dwelling place that we can call home. We didn’t bring Him here, He was already here. He longs for us to rest in Him and be at home with Him every moment of every day. So whether in the familiarity of our own homes in the United States, or here with our Zulu brothers and sisters in South Africa, we have realized we are home because God is here, our dwelling place.

Salani kahle (Stay well).

Karen and Deb, for the team.”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Sally Galloway 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

Postcards from The Medical Outreach Team

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This month we’ll be featuring some e-postcards from our very own Dr. Cathy Stark and her mission team from Durban, Africa, when she and a group of 18 went as part of a Medical Outreach Team. In mid-April, the Michigan leader wrote:

“Hello Family & Friends!

Just want to let you know the team got off this morning.  Lots of excitement and prayers – thank the LORD all went smoothly.  They will arrive in Durban, South Africa tomorrow night and they have an hour drive from the airport to the Mafu’s home.  I may get an email very late tomorrow night and will send out their report as soon as I can.”

Then Dr. Stark included a photo of the team and a calendar of events and prayers.

Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

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.