June 19 2018
I traveled to Medellín, Colombia, (on
a Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical trip) as a translator and medic
and worked in several different areas. In triage, I was asked by a patient, “Why
does your team do all this if you get nothing for it?”
I asked the
Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him.
I answered, “We
want people to know that Jesus cares for you. He loves you, and he wants
nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.
to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and asked her
about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts from her shoulders down into her
arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her
own with two daughters and a very old father. She has all this pain because of
the hard labor she does.
I was quiet
and debating if I should pray with her. Finally, I grabbed her hand, “Let’s
pray. God does not give us more than we can handle,” I said.
We prayed and
cried together. She was so thankful for our prayer. I suddenly realized why I
was called to so many different areas to help. God used me for more than just translating.
I had great conversations, showed compassion, and fervently prayed with
patients, showing that these qualities are also part of healing.
Lazo, Translator and medic on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip
June 13 2018
I experienced missions firsthand as a teenager with my church youth group from World Gospel Church. Since then, missions has become an integral part of my life journey. Thirty mission trips later as I prepared to embark on a Dynamic Women in Missions trip to Colombia to serve as a nurse on a medical team, I asked myself some serious questions.
- Can I keep up with the demands of this trip?
- Will I be able to effectively communicate with my patients?
- Do I have as much to offer now as I did in my earlier years?
Since my recent retirement, I wondered if short-term missions was over for me and would I be able to meet the rigors of the trip.
On the second day of clinic in Medellín, Colombia, God began to answer these questions.
The patient/nurse communication issue was seamless when I was assigned a godly young woman who loves people and the Lord with all her heart. Karen partnered with me and attacked the interview process with thoroughness and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, the clinic environment fostered collaboration and collegiality between the health care providers, the patients, and the local church hosts. What a blessing to see God’s hand on the human efforts to real spiritual rewards!
This was my first experience with DWIM and I was not sure how I would relate and fit in with an all-female team. Once again, God was faithful to lead me to a roommate who could encourage and support me and who I could mentor during the trip. The spiritual depth within the team was powerful and made the experience rich and meaningful.
So, the answer to my question: “am I too old to go?” was clearly answered. God proved himself faithful once again by equipping me physically, professionally, and spiritually to accomplish the tasks set before me in Colombia. Only God knows the future, but I am waiting with anticipation to tackle the next mission, whether going or sending.
To God be the Glory!
By Pam Blesch, Dynamic Women in Missions Short-Termer
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March 15 2017
February 14 2017
I came to Medellín to
assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with
translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage,
I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get
I asked the Lord to give me
an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus
cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed
and thanked me.
On another occasion, while
waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and
asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch
on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain
because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debated if I should pray
with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her
that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried
together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.
In that moment, I realized
why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I
got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation,
compassion, and prayer.
By Idalia Lazo
January 10 2017
November 21 2014
Editor’s word: This is a longer than normal testimony, but well worth the time to read it. It’s by Jen, an ob/gyn physician from Oregon who participated as a short-term volunteer on an Men for Missions medical mission trip to Haiti in early November 2014.
We arrived at Mango Bridge and set up 4 consultation areas (3 doctors and 1 nurse), 1 chiropractic treatment area, 1 vitals station (blood pressure/pulse), 4 prayer/evangelism stations and a pharmacy. With the strength and grace of God we were able to see, treat and minister to over 200 people! If you speak to each person on our team you will get a different story about what impacted them most at the mobile clinic. I would like to share with you my story...
At the end of the day, a woman entered my consultation "room" to be seen. She had serious scars on her face, neck and right arm. But most distressing of all was her left hand. It was severely swollen and deformed, rendered unusable, and had several open wounds with obviously necrotic tissue. She explained that she had fallen into a fire in June and was severely burned. She then also showed me more scarring on her back and chest. With the help of some people in her church, she had gone to the government-run hospital in Cap-Haitien for treatment. They were able to provide treatment for most of her burns, but recommended that her left hand be amputated. As a single mother of three children, she could not accept this treatment plan as it would render her unable to perform many of the daily tasks that are required of her. So, she returned home.
By God's miraculous power most of her burns healed, although she is left with scars. But her hand was very severely damaged and had become infected. The infection has been so prolonged and severe that the tissue in her fingers had swollen to the point that the skin split open and I could see the bones of each of her fingers. There was obviously dead tissue surrounding each of these splits and also a large open wound on the back of her hand that had likely never healed from the original burn. I was moved to tears. I have never seen anything so horrific in my medical career. I desperately wanted to run away.
She explained how her husband had left her with their three children (ages 6-10) and she used what little money she had to feed and educate her children. She had no money left over for transportation or medical care for herself. She had not seen a doctor since August. She had a tremendous amount of pain, but sat stoically as I examined her mangled hand. More tears. More desire to run.
I spent several minutes emphasizing to this woman the extreme urgency and importance of seeking hospital care for this problem, knowing there was nothing medically meaningful we could do at this mobile clinic. I explained that while a surgeon might not be able to save her hand, they might be able to save her life. I wanted to get her out of my consultation room as quickly as possible, because her hand was disgusting to look at.
But the Holy Spirit tugged my heartstrings and clearly told me there were some things I could do to help this woman. I led her outside to pray with some members of our team and we prayed for miraculous healing. I then led her to the pharmacy area and gathered several supplies. Almost as an afterthought, I had hurried around the (permanent) clinic in the morning to gather some simple surgical tools and supplies (gauze, iodine cleaning solution, tape, scissors, scalpel, tweezers, ointment). These are not items that they typically bring on a mobile medical clinic, but somehow the Lord must have known I would need them.
I gave her an injection of an anti-inflammatory/pain medication and then began the tedious work of cleaning and debriding her wounds. To distract her I began to ask her about her family and she called over a beautiful young girl that she introduced as her daughter. She then showed me a photo of her with her three children. The photo was tattered and obviously a couple of years old, but she held it out for me to see as if it was her most treasured possession. As she shared with me the names of her children her face lit up with a tremendous smile.
The storm clouds began to gather, the rest of the patients had been seen and everyone was quickly packing up the pharmacy and other supplies so we could leave before it started raining. I continued to work and I could tell by the occasional flinches that this was a painful process for her. Once the wounds were cleaned the best I could and some of the dead tissue had been removed, I began to bandage up each one of her almost unrecognizable fingers. At one point while I was concentrating, the woman touched my arm with her good hand to get my attention, looked me in the eye and began to sing to me with the most angelic voice. More tears. But this time all I wanted to do was stay and sit with this beautiful sister in Christ.
I asked the interpreter what the words were to her song. When the woman finished singing she shared that she was singing Psalm 27, which was her favorite Scripture to reflect on when she is facing hardship:
The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger - so why should I tremble?
The one thing I ask of the Lord - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life...
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
It is only by a true miracle from the Most High King that this woman - who had so many reasons to be afraid, so many circumstances which could cause her to tremble, so many things she could ask of the Lord, and so many reasons to doubt the goodness of God - could sing these words.
It is only by a true miracle from the Most High King that this woman - a fearful, trembling, unequipped ob/gyn from Oregon, who has spent the past two weeks seeing medical cases that would cause many to doubt the goodness of God - could be shaped into a vessel to pour out His love to one of His hurting daughters.
Today, I praise my heavenly Father for the opportunity to serve His kingdom. I praise Jesus Christ, who came to unite us together in His name. And I praise the Holy Spirit who breaks my heart to the point of action, so that I would not miss my opportunity to bless and to be blessed.
Whatever difficulty you are facing today, hold tight to the promise of Psalm 27 - do not be afraid; do not tremble; you will live in the house of the Lord, and you will see His goodness while you are here in the land of the living.
In His service,
Photos of the actual medical trip, but none include the woman treated. Dr. Jen is pictured in the second picture down, green scrubs.
July 1 2014
We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, July 6) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS short-term missionary nurses who served in Ecuador on a medical mission trip. If you've ever wanted to join a short-term medical team, you'll enjoy these nurses' stories.
Everyone has a story ... enjoy the University of Indianapolis nurses!
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.
GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.
Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!
GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.
PRAY: Pray for all the OMS short-term mission trips. Pray for those who have gone in the past and those planning for a future trip.
If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.
BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.
To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.
INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary and short-term trip coordinator for Men for Missions, Bill Evans. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at email@example.com.
If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.
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January 22 2014
Making a Difference in the Philippines
About a month ago, from December 16-20, 2013, our Every Community for Christ Philippines coordinator, Mar Ocampo, and two fellow pastors and ECC workers, Roehl Rivera and Willy Galzote took a 5-day exploratory trip to Tacloban City, Philippines, to access the damage from the November 2013 typhoon and determine how One Mission Society and our denomination of churches in the Philippines, Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, can best help in this area. Here is a brief report from Mar.
We flew to Tacloban City on December 16 with a confidence that God would guide and help us with our exploratory mission. Before the airplane had touched the ground, we saw the panoramic view of the extent of the devastation. The ruins are indeed heartbreaking; even worse than what we have seen on the television.
While on our way to our first destination, we saw the unbelievable destruction all around the area, plus we heard the stories from our driver on how thousands of people were killed instantly when the typhoon surge hit Tacloban City. His son, who is a policeman, was on duty at the airport, has been missing since the typhoon.
From day one until we returned home, the trip was filled with divine meetings, being in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people.
Our future plans are to return to Tacloban City to focus our relief and rehabilitation activities, starting with purchasing corrugated metal sheets to cover the roofs of all the houses that lost them in the typhoon. The team also plans to build relationships and share the Gospel with the people.
We hope to begin work there the first week of February 2014, but this is subject to approval of OMS and FECPI. We thank God for directing our path to all the right people we needed for future ministry connections.
Rev. Marcos M. Ocampo, ECC Country Coordinator, Philippines
Let’s Make a Difference
This July, Dynamic Women in Missions will be partnering with the ministries of Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is not only the “missing piece” of the puzzle, but also the “missing peace” in people’s lives in the midst of storms.
As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to use your unique gifts, abilities, personality and life experiences to minister to and alongside Filipino women and children. Opportunities may include children's ministry, leading and sharing in praise and worship services, outreaches, mini-retreats for women, teaching values education classes in a local high school, and encouraging Filipino women in ministry. Total cost is approximately $2,700. If interested, please contact Dynamic Women today at DWinMissions@onemissionsociety.org.
Donations are also still needed. We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available.
To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”
Thank you for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.
November 22 2013
One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- University of Indianapolis Nurses
We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 24) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring University of Indianapolis nursing students and professors, sharing about their medical mission trip to Ecuador.
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.
Six women (2 nursing professors--Becca and Kathy, 3 nursing students--Julie, Emily, and Amberly, and 1 pharmacist--Pam) shared about their experiences on this medical mission trip to Ecuador. For some it was their first mission trip, for others, it was one of many, but all said this one was a memorable one as they traveled in remote mountains villages, sharing medical help, compassion, and God's love with the people.
Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities. We always have several medical mission trips throughout the year. Check with us for opportunities in 2014.
If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.
If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The featured book was Captured, by Arlene Hess Elkins, an OMS MK (missionary kid), sharing her parents' experiences of being held as prisoners of war during WWII. The book was specifically written for children, but it can be enjoyed by any age. You can purchase the book through Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313.
Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear stories from OMS missionary Steve Rehner, serving with OMS' Men for Missions.
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