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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)

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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