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The Central Africa Medical Mission serves as the supportive branch to the gospel mission by communicating Christ’s love and by caring concern for the physical needs of our fellow man.


Lutheran Mobile Clinic (CAMM)

Lilongwe, Malawi 

September, 2017

     Imagine:  It’s a Monday evening at 6:00pm.  You’ve cut your foot on a piece a glass when walking to the store to buy something for dinner.  You don’t have a vehicle and so you call a friend to take you to the hospital but when you arrive at the hospital the doctor is not there yet.  At this point the doctor is about two and half hours late.  You’re stuck sitting on the bench with your friend waiting while someone is trying to track down the doctor.

     Well, this is how I spent my Monday evening.  One of LMC’s employee’s son, cut his foot open while getting something from the market for dinner.  In Malawi, the most common transport is through buses, but they don’t typically run after it gets dark.  So I picked the LMC employee, his wife, and their son and brought them to one of the area hospitals.  Unfortunately, when we arrived I was informed that the doctor had not shown up for work yet despite the shift starting at 4:30 pm.  Brighton, his wife, Mary, and their son, Sunset, sat down to wait.  I, however, began to ask many questions:

“Why isn’t the doctor here?”

“How can we get a hold of the doctor so that he/she comes?”

“How long will this take?  Do we need to try and go to another hospital?”

With each additional question, I became more and more upset!  Even after being in Malawi 2 years and 8 months I was still astonished that there was no doctor on site, despite one being assigned. 

      While we waited for the doctor to arrive, I tried to redirect my focus from anger to what I could learn from this situation.  I noticed how patiently Brighton, Mary, and Sunset were waiting.  How quiet they were.  Everyday I’m humbled and in awe by the patience Malawians demonstrate.  It’s something that after 2 years and 8 months I still struggle with, especially when it comes to the provision of healthcare.

      Thankfully, the nurse on duty called the In-Charge of the facility and he came to take care of Sunset!  While the In-Charge took care of Sunset, I took a minute to reflect on the care I’m able to receive in the U.S.:

--I can always get to the hospital in an emergency, FAST, by ambulance, even if my employer isn’t the driver. 

--I can rest assured that a doctor is at the hospital and that if I have to wait while more urgent cases are seen, my turn will come.

--I know that the health facility will have the needed supplies to take care of me. 

Unfortunately, Malawians can’t always count on the same things we easily take for granted.

      I’m grateful that LMC has had the opportunity to provide consistent care for the Malawians in the villages we serve each week for the past 50 years.  While LMC only provides care at 4 villages once a week, we show up every week and rarely run out of medications.  Without LMC, they would have to ride a bicycle or walk over 9 miles to the next health facility, which may or may not have a doctor or supplies.

      “I pass through trials all the way, with sin and ills contending; in patience I must bear each day the cross of God’s own sending.  Oft in adversity I know not where to flee, when storms of woe my soul dismay; I pass through trials all the way.    I walk with Jesus all the way; his guidance never fails me.  He takes my every fear away when Satan’s power assails me, and, by his footsteps led, my path I safely tread.  In spite of ills that threaten may, I walk with Jesus all the way.”  (CW 431 vs. 2 and 5)

 Your Sister In Christ,                     Amanda Oswalt                           Nurse In Charge                       Lutheran Mobile Clinic           Lilongwe, Malawi



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STATESIDE OPPORTUNITY:

Nurse Coordinator

 

Have a love for missions?  Interested in serving the Lord while working with others who also share the same love for missions?  The Central Africa Medical Mission stateside committee is looking for a Registered Nurse to serve with this “Mission of Love”.  Our current Nurse in Charge, Beth Evans, has accepted a new role as Nurse in Charge of the Lutheran Mobile Clinic in Malawi.  Meetings are bimonthly and are usually held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson WI.  While the nurse coordinator must be an RN, extensive knowledge of CAMM is not necessary.  Those interested must be WELS or ELS and have a willingness to learn about the influence CAMM has on those we serve in Zambia and Malawi. 

Nurse Coordinator – Respond to routine medical questions. Serve as a contact for medical advice for the expatriate personnel and as a colleague to the medical advisor as needed. Communicate with potential new expatriate medical mission personnel and assist with preparation for their field service as needed. Assist with stateside transition as expatriate personnel return from their term of service.

Please contact:

Linda Liesener (cammcontact@charter.net) or 

Shelly Sievert (sievertsr@gmail.com)  






CAMM Presentations

Sept 21, 2017 (Thursday)
St.Paul's Ladies Group (Algoma, WI) 6:30pm Linda Liesener

Sept 23, 2017 (Saturday)
Great River LWMS Circuit Rally - St. Paul's (Moline, IL) 10am  Linda Liesener

Oct 7, 2017 (Saturday)
Ohio LWMS Circuit Rally - Crown of Life (Marietta, OH)  tba   Linda Liesener

Oct 14, 2017 (Saturday
Paperland LWMS Circuit Rally - St Paul's (Algoma, WI)  tba  Linda Liesener

Oct 21, 2017 (Saturday)
Grand Canyon West LWMS Circuit Rally - King of Kings (Apache Junction, AZ) 9am Linda Liesener

Nov 3, 2017 (Friday)
Living Hope Bloomington Lutheran School  (Bloomington MN)  TBA/Morning Linda Liesener

Nov 3, 2017 (Friday)
Living Hope Lutheran Grade School (Shakopee MN)  TBA/Morning  Linda Liesener

Nov 7, 2017  (Tuesday)
St Paul's Ladies Group (Muskego, WI) 12:30pm  Linda Liesener

Jan 12, 2018 (Friday) 
St Paul's Lutheran Grade School (Tomah, WI) 8am   Linda LIesener

Jan 18, 2018 (Thursday) 
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Jackson, WI) 9:15am  Linda Liesener
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