Please click on the link to view the LIMM November 2016 Newsletter: limm-november-2016-newsletter
Lutherans in Medical Missions Needs Your Help!
Thailand, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Palestine, the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, West Asia, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Peru, Africa, Belize, and the United States. For over two decades, on harvest fields around the world, LIMM has been beside God’s people as they help to change lives for eternity and give families a sense of hope and purpose. We assist health care professionals with travel costs, help Lutheran parish nurses gather together to learn, share and support one another, make it possible for LCMS called medical missionaries to attend workshops and take courses, create community health webinars and workshops, and connect those seeking to serve with those in need of service. We are always seeking opportunities to partner with others, keeping Christ the center of every decision.
Here are a few examples of LIMM at work in the past, present and future:
- · Travel Grants for RNs, student nurses and others, so that they may serve on medical mission teams, treating, teaching and encouraging those whose lives they touch, helping them to develop the skills needed for creating healthy families and communities.
- · Community health teaching/training for deaconesses and others serving with the Confessional Lutheran Church of Chili and financial support for two missionaries of the Confessional Lutheran Church of Chile to participate in community health education training in Peru.
- · Community health education workshops in Omaha, Nebraska and St. Louis, Missouri.
- · Community health education webinar for Lutheran parish nurses.
- · Grants for LCMS Medical Missionaries Sarah Kanoy and Stephanie Schulte to attend community health education training in preparation for their work in Africa.
- · Reimbursement to Stephanie for a Wound Care Certification course at Emory University, so that she will be even more prepared to bring Christ’s healing touch to those in her care.
- · Travel Grants for parish nurses from India, PNG, Palestine and Madagascar to gatherings of their peers, where they are encouraged and empowered to go forth in joy.
- · Financial support for a community health and wellness program as part of the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center in Hyattsville, Maryland.
- · Partnering to make it possible for Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church to begin a program on the Winnebago Indian Reservation, in Winnebago, Nebraska, where this summer parents are learning how to raise physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy children in a home where Christ is at the center.
There is so much more to do! Soon we will begin the process of reviewing and adapting health and wellness lessons for both children and adults. Next year we want to use those lessons in a training the trainer community health education workshop, so that more and more leaders will be available to go forward into harvest fields from Togo to Texas.
We need you to join us! Donations, overflowing from your mission hearts, make it possible for others to share Christ’s healing in a lost and dying world. Wherever they go, our Lord sees you walking beside them. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Lutherans In Medical Missions
Working with local and global partners to share Christ’s healing in medically underserved communities.
When Moses hands grew tired…. Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other-so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:12
Partnerships! When workers in the harvest labor side by side, the harvest is greater and the laborers refreshed. LIMM is blessed with many partners, but none more important than each of you. Without you beside us, holding us in prayer and supporting us financially, we would not be able to join with others, both at home and abroad. What has your partnership made possible?
Already this year:
You have made it possible to give $2,500 to help those heeding the call to serve on LCMS Mercy Medical Teams (MMT). Nurse Molly Christensen will soon be heading to Madagascar. Others will follow.
In 2015 you met Parish Nurse Ellie Natera, from Papua New Guinea, and gave her the opportunity to take part in the Lutheran Parish Nurse International (LPNI) Study Tour in New Zealand. There she worshipped, learned and shared with peers from across the world. In January you sent over $500 for repair of the First Aid Station from which Ellie serves. This year Tantley Andriatahiananirina, of Madagascar, will take part in the tour; all because of you.
Because of you, we will partner with LCMS National and International Missions, to begin planning a community health education workshop in Togo; an answer to the prayers of missionary Valerie Stonebreaker and many others. We were able to give RN Sarah Kanoy the funds to equip her medical supply bag for use in her missionary work in East Africa. Remember Sarah? You sent her and Steph Schulte, RN to a health education training workshop last year. Steph and her husband, Rev. Gary Schulte, will soon be heading to West Africa, where they will serve our Lord by selflessly serving others.
Here at home:
On March 12, you helped LIMM, together with Christian Friends of New Americans (CFNA) Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Missouri and LCMS MMT, present an interactive workshop, sharing how to reach out and walk beside New Americans, helping all to live in wellness and at peace with God.
In August, your support has made it possible for LIMM to join with LCMS National Missions and MMT, taking part in MMT’s first domestic team in Philadelphia, where the LCMS has recently placed its first “at home” missionaries.
Thanks to you, in partnership with LCMS National Missions and Jesus our Savior Lutheran School, exciting opportunities are beginning to take shape on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Nebraska.
Do you see how important you are to us? Without you none of the above would have been possible. Without you future opportunities to serve will not happen. Without you there is no LIMM. Please remember us in your prayers and with your tithes. The harvest is white!
Please visit our Facebook page (Lutherans In Medical Missions) and Website (www.limm.org) to learn more.
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Lutherans in Medical Missions, November 2015
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Thanksgiving! What a perfect time to give thanks for each and every one of you who have supported us.
Due to your gifts this year you have, among other things:
· Made it possible for our Lutheran sisters in Central Asia to take health and wellness teaching/ training classes to groups and churches in distant villages. This vital work will continue into 2016.
· Continued support for the Health Education, Advocacy and Literacy Program in China.
· Partnered with the Lutheran Mission Society (LMS) of Maryland to provide health education classes at the LMS Compassion Center in Hyattsville, MD.
· Provided a travel grant for a parish nurse from Papua, New Guinea to attend the 2015 Parish Nurse Travel Tour.
· Supported two nurses as they spent a week in Seine Bight, Belize leading educational sessions on diabetes and end of life issues.
· Provided funds for LCMS Medical Missionaries Sarah Kanoy and Steph Schulte to attend a community health “Training the Trainers” workshop in Springfield, Missouri.
Thanks to you, this coming year we will be able to:
· Provide the funds for Tantley Andriatahiana, a nurse at the Lutheran Hospital in Antsirabe, Madagascar, to attend the 2016 Study Tour for Lutheran Parish Nurses International, in Brazil. Tantley desires to study parish nursing so he can better serve the Lord, his church, the hospital and his coworkers. He and his wife have three children and he frequently serves with the LCMS Mercy Medical Teams (MMT), with whom LIMM continues to maintain a close working relationship.
· Continue to seek ways to meet the needs of Sarah Kanoy, RN and Steph Schulte, RN as they begin their mission work in East Africa. You can learn more about these wonderful women of God by visiting our website, www.limm.org. We are excited about the journey they are about to embark upon and eager to walk beside them as they serve in His Kingdom.
· Work together with our Lutheran partner and sister churches in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and here in the States.
And most especially:
· Offer a one-day specifically tailored “Train the Trainer” Community Health Education Workshop to congregations and mission agencies. Upon completion, attendees will be empowered to take what they have learned forward into their changing communities, teaching and training others.
We are a small organization, but we have a great big God, who has brought each of you into our lives to help make possible all that we do. We thank you for your past gifts and we thank you for your continued support. We need you now more than ever to stand in prayer and financial support alongside us.
· Lutherans in Medical Missions (LIMM) works with local and global partners to share Christ’s healing in medically underserved communities all over the world.
· You can learn more about us by visiting our website: www.limm.org or our FB Page: Lutherans in Medical Missions
· Better yet, call us anytime at 904-806-8679
Steph Schulte and Sarah Kanoy
Lutherans in Medical Missions
Working with local and global partners to share Christ’s healing in medically underserved communities
“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” Proverbs 25:25
Good News from Kyrgyzstan! Thanks to you, our sisters in Kyrgyzstan are able to spread health and wellness teaching and training classes in areas far from the main cities: “Our Community Health Trainer, along with 2-3 leaders of the program, have already competed one trip and there will be 5-6 more trips this year, the duration of each trip will be 3-5 days. All expenses for food, hotel, transportation, visual aids and printed materials are able to be covered by your generous gifts. Thank You!”
Good News from China! The Health Education, Advocacy and Literacy Program continues to be well received and we have active participation from both local leaders and school students. “Our training topics include how to understand germ transmission, symptoms of a cold, treating and preventing diarrhea and many other health and wellness concerns. Thank You!”
Good News from Hyattsville, Maryland! “God had blessed the Community Health Education Ministry offered through the Lutheran Mission Society (LMS) Compassion Center in Hyattsville! Faith Community Nurse Jeanine McGrath has provided health services to the clients, visitors, staff and volunteers at the Center. It has been an exciting year of growth and blessing. Thank You!”
And finally, Good News from Belize! Thanks to those of you who made LIMM’s Wheat Ridge Foundation’s We Raise Project a success. Nurses Sharon Thomas and Shary Yerk spent a week in the Belize village of Seine Bight. The village is home to approximately 1200 people of Garifuna and Hispanic descent. Sharon writes that “Shary and I were able to lead 5 educational sessions on Diabetes Education. Our original plan was to work with the school aged children in the village, but due to school final exams, and family obligations, were had to shift our plans to work with the young (15 to 30 year old) adult women. Two classes were taught to the Spanish villagers, and two classes to the Garifuna women. These ladies have started a community feeding program for the elderly, and having been out of practice for several years, were very eager to be part of the diabetic teaching. They were given the course, and return demonstrated the teaching concepts of Diabetes. Besides the feeding program, they have become the community “home health” nurses, working strictly as volunteers to help those in need of teaching and care. Patient education is virtually non-existent in the country. In addition to the diabetes teaching, Shary and I met with several residents and discussed end of life care and their culture as well as making several home visits. We were very humbled to have been able to serve the villagers of Seine Bight, and are very appreciative of the assistance we received from LIMM. The village is in much need of ongoing prayer, and medical teaching in the form of CHE programs. Local leaders are determined to continue such programs. Thank you!”
Yes indeed, we thank you and we thank God for you! Without your prayers and continued financial support we would not exist. Together we can reach out and reach others with the best Good News ever!
Do you have a desire to serve on a short-term mission team or have a mission in mind we could become involved with? Please let us know. We are here to serve our Lord and to serve each of you.
Lutherans in Medical Missions
Works with local and global partners to share Christ’s healing in medically underserved communities
Lent prepares us for the Good News of Easter Sunday. LIMM has some good news to share with you right now.
Exciting update from Kyrgyzstan: “Thanks to the new grant from LIMM for our community health education program, we can fulfill our long awaited dream of sending teachers and trainers to remote areas of the country. We are able to provide health and wellness classes to those who have been asking for our help in creating healthier families and communities, both now and for eternity.”
Encouraging words from East Asia: “I am a young wife and mother of a small son, who had the opportunity to become a Health Advocate. Even though I am still in my twenties, I decided that I could not waste this chance of being a role model. During my entire childhood garbage had always been thrown at will in our small village. However, after hearing my health lessons and seeing the impact they had made in the village where I now live, my father became aware of the severe consequences to the environment caused by the random scattering of garbage. He instructed his village to designate a specific location for all waste items. Though there is still a long way to go, my father’s village has taken a step forward, and we will continue to grow with our knowledge.”
Great news from Hyattsville, Maryland: In 2013, Redeemer and Trinity Lutheran Churches, together with the Lutheran Mission Society (LMS) of Maryland, opened an LMS Compassion Center on the Redeemer Campus, offering clothing, food, household items, Bible studies, Chaplaincy and Christian counseling to their underserved neighbors. In early 2014, LIMM joined the partnership by helping to fund a part time nurse to lead Health and Wellness activities and classes. This addition has been a great blessing, not only to those served, but to those who serve. What if the nurse was able to teach and train others to take health and wellness classes and activities directly into the community? Wow! What if this model could be replicated in other communities? Double Wow!
Still more good news from Lutheran Parish Nurses International (LPNI): With the help of a travel grant from LIMM, Ellie Natera and Walpain Lagot, Parish Nurses from Papua, New Guinea (PNG), will attend the LPNI 2015 Travel Tour to New Zealand. Together with their peers from all over the world, they will worship, study the Word and grow in skills as they share experiences and insights, empowering them to better serve their neighbors in villages across PNG.
We have lots more good news to share with you! To learn more about LIMM’s partnerships here and abroad, or if you are interested in short term mission opportunities, please contact us at email@example.com or call Rita at 904-806-8679.
There is so much to do, but only with you at our side can we meet the challenge. Please join us! If there is a particular project you feel led to support, let us know and we will send you stories and photos as we receive them.
Marguerite “Rita” Nickel
“When we do something new, first let’s talk about what we’ll do.” My five year old grandson and I sang that little jingle along with Daniel Tiger one August morning as we watched his favorite TV show. Daniel was about to start kindergarten. He was eager and excited, but a little scared as well, so his mother explained and demonstrated exactly what would be happening. I know how Daniel felt and I bet you do too. New situations can be overwhelming and when that happens, it helps to talk (or sing) about “what we’ll do.”
Individuals and families arriving for the first time in our country are bombarded with new situations. Like Daniel, they are often happy but anxious about what it will be like and how they will cope. We can help allay their anxieties when we are able to demonstrate exactly what will be happening.
After a trial run at the Peace International Center, Omaha, LIMM is ready to launch our one day workshop, presenting an interactive teaching model known as LePSAS (Learning centered, Problem posing, Self-discovering, Action centered, Spirit guided), which teaches the learner how to write or adapt lessons as varied as going to an American doctor for the first time to navigating a supermarket. Fun, interactive, and complete with skits and role plays, LePSAS is one way to bridge the gap between ourselves and our new neighbors. LePSAS is used all over the world to equip and empower, teaching skills valuable in both new and ongoing outreach ministries. Everyone can become a teacher. Please give us a call at 904-806-8679 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
LIMM is busy elsewhere, helping support heath education and medical projects in Papua New Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, China, the Philippines and at the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center, located on the campus of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hyattsville, Maryland. Each year we provide a travel grant, enabling a Lutheran Parish Nurse from another land to attend the Lutheran Parish Nurse International (LPNI) study tour. We partner with LCMS Mercy Medical Teams Community Health Education trips and help connect interested individuals with short term mission opportunities, while always praying for new ways to serve, both here and abroad.
Now, more than ever before, we need your help to continue our work. Please pray and ask our Lord how you can help. Below are some examples of what your donations will make possible.
$50 will produce 5 workshop manuals.
$2000 can make it possible for a nurse from India, Palestine, or another country to attend the 2015 LPNI Study Tour.
$200 or more can cover travel expenses for a workshop trainer.
$500 or more can help us provide a special training workshop for leaders.
Any gift of any amount can help us support Lutheran health and wellness projects across the world as well as here in the US.
Blessed Thanksgiving from all of us at LIMM,
LIMM Executive Director
LIMM Training the Trainers Workshop in Omaha!
Imagine being torn from all you have known; homeland, family, friends, culture, hopes, dreams, everything. In towns and cities across the U.S, refugees arrive weekly, often directly from displaced persons camps, and our churches and districts are heeding the Call to serve these new neighbors.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church heeded that call, and in partnership with the LCMS Nebraska District, recently opened the “Peace Center for International Ministry.” LIMM has been asked to partner with the people of God at Mt. Calvary as they develop outreach programs, and the very first “LIMM Health and Wellness Training Workshop” will take place at Mt. Calvary, September 12, 13 and 14. What a Blessing to share in this new opportunity to touch new neighbors with the love of our Risen Lord!
The workshop will focus on using health and wellness lessons as a model for reaching into new communities, visiting with the wives and mothers of that community, and listening as they share the stories of their lives. Participants will take an active role in the learning process, rather than just listen. There will be lots of lively conversation, skits and return demonstrations, equipping the learners with the skills and tools needed to walk beside these new neighbors, sharing knowledge that will help them nurture healthy, happy families, without giving up their cultural identities, and cheering them on as they in turn share what they have learned with their friends and neighbors. Lesson topics range from demonstrating good oral hygiene to children, using a giant set of teeth, to sharing healthy recipes in the kitchen of a new friend or explaining to a group of young wives what to expect when pregnant.
We are excited about our partnership with Mt. Calvary, and eager to share workshops with other congregations, districts and mission agencies. Workshops can come in all sizes, and will add new dimensions to already existing health based mission outreach or help develop new ones. Because the information shared is basic health and wellness information, one does not need to be a health care professional to use the lessons, which can be adapted to fit into any cultural context or situation.
But we cannot do this alone. We need your financial support to put flesh and bones on LIMM Training the Trainers Workshops, adapting health and wellness lesson plans, making them uniquely Lutheran, flexible and appropriate for each need. We want to provide teaching tools, such as giant teeth and brushes, charts, and colorful handouts. We will start small, but, God willing, such workshops will grow. Most importantly, we need your prayers! Below are some examples of what your contributions will provide as we develop resources and materials. Please do not hesitate to call me anytime if you want to learn more about what has been shared in this letter, or about any of our other partnerships. Would a LIMM workshop be helpful in your outreach ministries? Do you have ideas or examples you can share? Let me hear from you at email@example.com or 904-806-8679!
LIMM Executive Director
- For a gift of $50, you can provide a complete workshop manual.
- For a gift of $75, you can provide Giant Denture and Toothbrush Models, tooth brushes and toothpaste, and charts.
- For a gift of $100 or more, you can provide other teaching tools such as anatomical models.
- For gifts over $250, you can help with travel for workshop trainers.
All gifts are tax-deductable. More information regarding the workshops will be listed on our website at www.limm.org.
“…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”Read More
“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!”
Psalm 145:10Read More