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November 2016

Central Africa Medical Mission – Lutheran Mobile Clinic

November 2016  

      ‘On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.  “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 
     ‘‘What is written in the Law?’’ he replied, ‘‘How do you read it?’’ 
      He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 
     “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”’ 
Luke 10:25-28
     Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” 
Hebrews 13:1-3
     You may be surprised to know that the US election is big news in Malawi these days, and not just among the Americans. Many Malawians from all walks of life; from the bank teller, to my volleyball teammates, to our staff, as well members of the ex-pat community have wanted to discuss the elections this past month.  It may seem strange to think that residents of the small African nation of Malawi would be interested in not only the outcome of our Presidential election but also how we conduct ourselves during our political process. However, one of the things the frequent discussions I’ve had with Malawians and others from all over the world reminded me of is just how many eyes and ears are on not only our nation but each and every one of us every day, especially when we don’t think anyone is paying attention. 
     1Thessalonians 5:11 and 15 tell us, ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing….Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.’ The elections and all of its negativity made quite an impression over here in recent weeks and months, and unfortunately it was not one of kindness and building one another up as Paul encourages us. Thankfully your kindness and generosity in the name of Christ continues to do that here even when we think no one is looking. Those keeping up with the elections over here have shared with me everything from sadness and dismay to fear because of the negativity surrounding our elections. Yet, for all that negativity in the news, a simple act of going to the store reminded me of the cloud of witnesses each and every one of you are to those you will likely never meet here in Malawi. A store employee was helping me carry some items to the car the other day and upon realizing she was taking the items to an ambulance, she asked what we do here. After I told her what we do, she offered God’s blessings to me and the clinic for what we do here. Thank you for continuing to make a difference.
     “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

In Christ,  
Alison Westphal  
(Clinic Administrator of the Lutheran Mobile Clinic)