FAQ

CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION

Frequently Asked Questions

· Does the Nationalization of Malawi mean CAMM is pulling out of the country?

o NO! Absolutely not! In fact, we are more rooted in our work now more than before!

o We will no longer have ex-patriate staff living in Malawi but we employ over 15 Malawians to run the Lutheran Mobile Clinic. We have a responsibility to them and the 50,000+ patients we see each year to continue to our work.

· Why don’t you want ex-pat staff living in Malawi any longer?

o CAMM has been blessed with good and faithful volunteer workers for over 50 years. These staff members are asked to move to a country that is more than 8,000 miles away from their friends, family and all they know for at least 3 years. While the Lord has always provided these workers, in the last several years, we have seen a number of factors change which have impacted our workers.

§ Increased difficulty to get the required Temporary Employment Permit (it took over a year for Gary Evan’s to be approved by the Malawian government. This was pre-pandemic).

§ Increased pressure from Malawian government to employ more Malawians. Increased pressure from Lutheran Church of Central Africa to employ more LCCA-M members.

§ Smaller candidate pool due to the term of service.

· How will the clinic be financially supported?

o CAMM is a non-budgeted entity of the WELS Board of World Missions. This means that while we are supported by the WELS offices administratively, we do not rely on funding from them. Our funding comes from grants, Churches, Schools, Groups like Lutheran Woman’s Missionary Society and OWLS, and individual donors.

o Without the continued support of the groups and donors listed above, we would need to consider ceasing operations in both Malawi and Zambia. While this means over 60,000 people each year will not get basic healthcare, it also means they will not have the opportunity to hear about God and His love through our morning devotions, counseling, prayers offered by our staff and Pastors over sick children and family members.

· I collect my old pill bottles, bottles of sunscreen and other things like this to send to Zambia and Malawi. Will they still need these items?

o YES! We will continue to need these items. We are not changing the way we operate at the clinics, we are simply changing the people who are overseeing the day-to-day operations.

o We use the pill bottles to hand out medications, ointments and more. Just because we will not have an American overseeing the work, doesn’t mean that the sick won’t still need their medication. We rely on you to help us provide these things to our patients.

o We will still work through our Contact Woman Coordinator to communicate when we need these items.

· How will you know what is happening in each country without ex-pats there?

o We have hired members of the LCCA church to oversee both the Malawian and the Zambian clinics. As believers, we trust that God will lead them to be good and faithful workers, as He does with us and our work in America.

o We are in the process of appointing a Field Director who will live stateside but will be asked to travel to both Malawi and Zambia quarterly. The Field Director will also be responsible for weekly (or more frequent) communication with the field staff. Right now, this role is held by Gary Evans who is simultaneously the Admin-in-Charge in Malawi and Field Director over both clinics – Malawi and Zambia.

· Will we still get communication from the field?

o The pictures, letters and stories that come from the field are priceless. We will continue to send a monthly newsletter that will be written by either of our Administrators-in-Charge or by our Field Director.

o We will also continue to post pictures, updates, videos, etc to both our Website and Facebook pages. Please make sure to check regularly for updates from the field.

· Why now after 50 years?

o The Central Africa Medical Mission charter says that there are three phases for us to establish a medical mission. Those are:

§ Exploratory: In this phase, we either get a request from a missionary or from a country to start a medical mission and we research what it takes to do the mission work here. If conditions are right and the Lord opens the door, we will start a medical mission. This happened in Zambia in 1961 and in Malawi in 1970.

§ Transition: In this phase, we establish our existence in the villages, working with local staff and governments to build the trust of the people. We identify National staff with the education, experience and that are aligned in our faith to take on more of the work in conjunction with the mission team.

§ Nationalization: After an adequate amount of time showing the mission is sustainable, the national staff will be entrusted with the day-to-day operations of the medical mission.

o In 2007-2008, we moved from transition to Nationalization phase in Zambia. Now, after 50 years, we realize that we are sustainable in Malawi, the Lord has given us the right staff and has shown us it is time to move to this phase.

· Will you ever have ex-pat staff again in either country?

o We don’t know what the Lord holds in the future for us. If a situation arises where He is showing us we need to have ex-pats move to Malawi again, we will prayerfully cross that bridge when we get there.