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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 Malawi CAMM 

July, 2017

     The Lutheran Mobile Clinic writes 10 medical reports for the Malawian government and 2 medical reports for the Central Africa Medical Mission Committee back in the United States.  We report on our antenatal mothers, our clinic attendance, all the cases we see, malaria, HIV Testing and Counseling, and our supplemental feeding programs - just to name a few! 

      When I first came to Malawi, we were only completing these reports on paper.  During my time here, I’ve created the same form for the computer and complete it on there as well as handing in our paper copies to the government as an effort to not only reduce costs (paper and printing are expensive here) but also to reduce the effect on the environment.  The computer donated to LMC over a year ago has been a great blessing to help with this! 

      Yesterday, I was reminded of what a blessing it was as I sat down to work with Miss Jere, our new Head Nurse!  She owns a laptop but has given it to her younger sister who is attending college.  She has had relatively little experience using it and zero experience using Microsoft Excel, which is the program all our forms are in.  As we sat down, I took for granted the experience I have with computers.  I should have asked her about her experience level or how comfortable she felt with computers, especially Excel.  I quickly had to readjust how we were going to complete the end of month reports, and the timeline for the training I had in mind. 

      As we started, I highlighted some of the basics, like how to open a document and how to save a document but then we just dived right in!  The best way to learn is through practice and so that’s what we did.  She is already familiar with how to fill the reports out since she’s been working with us for over 15 years.  What is new is the behind the scenes work of completing the mathematical computations, data entry, and analysis.  By having Miss Jere assist with the end of month reports, it will aid in the transition between Sisters, and help clinic to run more smoothly!

      Over the coming months, Miss Jere and I will work together on the end of the month reports.  When the new Nurse In Charge arrives, I will go through the same process to help her get orientated to the reports.  The next Nurse In Charge and I will only have a short time together.  Her challenge is to not only understand the forms themselves, but also to understand the mathematical computations, data entry, and analysis.  After I’ve left the field, Miss Jere will be hopefully be her resource for end of month paperwork!

      Proverbs 24:3 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.”  In Malawi, a popular saying is, “Pang’ono Pang’ono.”  It translates to, “slowly, slowly or little by little.”  Slowly, slowly I am learning how to explain the end of month tasks.  Little by little I am learning lessons about how to teach the new Sister when she arrives.  Slowly, slowly Miss Jere is learning how to use the computer and Excel.  Little by little the end of month reports will be done.

Your Sister in Christ,
Amanda Oswalt
Nurse In Charge-Lutheran Mobile Clinic


STATESIDE OPPORTUNITY:
SERVE A MISSION FIELD WITH CAMM

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 couple individuals to serve with this “Mission of Love”.  We have a current opening for the Nurse Coordinator and for a general position (possibly Secretary).  These openings are due to current members transitioning to other roles within the committee and to the mission field of 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, neither position must have extensive knowledge of CAMM.  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.  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 7, 2017  (Tuesday)
St Paul's Ladies Group (Muskego, WI) 12:30pm  Linda Liesener


Have an interest in serving with World Missions?


AFRICA CALLING:

Interested in serving the needs of others?  Interested in working and learning in a different culture?  The Central Africa Medical Mission is seeking to talk with those interested in our Nurse-in-Charge and Clinic Administrator positions for the Lutheran Mobile Clinic (Malawi). The nurse in charge must be an RN with clinic or hospital experience.  The nurse-in-charge supervises clinic staff and maintains all clinic functions.  The clinic administrator handles all clerical and administration duties. 

 Due to living arrangements, couples as well as 2 single females or 2 single males are encouraged to contact us.  The applicant for the nurse in charge may be female or male.  The term of service for both positions is 3 years.  The next term would begin possibly in January 2020.  The application process as well as employment permits for Malawi take almost a year.  

 All applicants must be in good standing within WELS or ELS membership.

An application may be obtained here (Application Form) or by contacting Beth Evans (evans.bc57@yahoo.com) or Linda Liesener (cammcontact@charter.net ) for more information.




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