Rita Nickel, LIMM Executive Director, and Sharon Thomas, LIMM Chairman of the Board, joined a LCMS Mercy Medical Teams mission trip to Philadelphia, PA in August 2016. Below is a Blog from Tracy Quaethem, manager for LCMS Short-Term Missions, outlining the trip.
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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!
LIMM provided a $1,500 grant to Steph Schulte for a Wound Care certification course. Steph and her husband, Rev. Gary Schulte, will soon depart for Togo, West Africa, where Gary will continue his role as LCMS West Africa Area Director and Steph will function as West Africa Coordinator,”facilitating and coordinating Community Health Education (CHE) initiatives, health clinics and the deployment of Mercy Medical Teams (MMTs) to this part of Africa.”
Below are a thank you from Steph and photos from her class:
Dear Rita and the rest of the members of LIMM,
I cannot thank you enough for your very generous support which allowed me to take this Wound Care Certification course at Emory University. The class has been incredibly informative and I believe will be extremely helpful for the things that I am sure I will see in West Africa. In addition to learning about situation appropriate means of dealing with wounds I have begun to develop a network of people I can come to for help. Both the former director/founder of the program and the current director insisted that I keep in touch and contact them if I have questions about a certain wound.
We learned how to classify wounds by either arterial or venous problems and what I can do for the different types of wounds in West Africa. We learned how to debride necrotic wounds chemically, enzymatically or with sharp instruments. All in ways that will be easily duplicated once Gary and I are deployed.
We also spent a day working on feet – assessing for problems, paring calluses, trimming nails, packing ingrown nails, etc. I even took care of someone’s feet who had been a missionary in Israel for 30 years and we learned that we had common friends!
I return home today and will take my final exam on Monday. Then I will spend 40 hours in clinicals at Barnes, turn in some final assignments and then sit for the national board exam. I hope to have all of this done by the end of May so I can then focus on actually moving to Burkina Faso!
I’ve attached a few pictures from the week. Again, thank you so very much for your support!!
Since Emory was literally right next to the CDC, she was able to tour their museum where they had a special exhibit on the Ebola outbreak
LIMM welcomes two new Board Members effective May/2016. Below is a brief bio for each of them.
I was born at McNeil Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, and grew up as an only child in Hinsdale. After graduation from high school, I attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where I majored in French and Psychology and had a minor in German, with 6-12 teaching certification. My first job was teaching foreign languages at Monroe Junior High in Wheaton, Illinois. Cut-backs in extracurricular subjects forced me to be laid off after one year. Due to past summer employment in the Human Resource department , I secured a position for one year at Stanadyne, Inc in Bellwood, Illinois, and later was employed at Borg-Warner Corporation as a Salaried HR Manager for 5 years. During this time, I took graduate classes at Northern Illinois University towards my MA in Personnel Administration. Before being transferred to the Borg-Warner Frankfort Division where I would be promoted to VP of Human Resource, I married and moved to Rockford, IL.
My husband and I have been married for 35 years. Carl is an OB/GYN here in Rockford and we have 4 grown children. Although I do not work outside the home, I have continued to use my gifts of administration and leadership by volunteering on many boards and committees: founder and 6 year board member of the Rockford Area Pregnancy Care Center, Winnebago/Boone County Task Force on Homelessness Advisory Board, Allegan County 4-H leader, Immanuel North Task Force Secretary, Immanuel Women’s Ministry Leadership Coordinator, Immanuel’s Outreach and Evangelism Staff Coordinator, etc.
I have also served on several mission trips abroad: one trip to Ukraine with the John Guest Evangelical Team working with children’s ministry, team lead to Lithuania to model VBS programs, 3 medical trips to Madagascar with LWR/HC, 2 medical trips to Kenya with World Medical Missions and 1 with LWR/HC. Sharing God with the world has always been my passion!
Rev. Dr. Hector Hoppe
Rev. Hoppe is a senior editor at Concordia Publishing House, serving as manager of Multilingual Resources since 1993. He was born in Argentina, ordained in the Lutheran Church of Argentina and served as faculty at Seminario Concordia, Buenos Aires. He is also an adjunct instructor in practical theology for the Center for Hispanic Studies, and for many years he was the voice of Para el Camino, the Spanish version of The Lutheran Hour. Rev. Hoppe is the author of Jesús de Nazaret, mi Señor (an English edition is also available).
Rev. Hoppe graduated from Seminario Concordia in Buenos Aires with a bachelor’s in theology in 1976 and from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne (STM) in 1986. In the 2000s he studied at the Jerusalem University College in Mount Zion, Jerusalem. In 2012 he received the Doctor in Divinity Honoris Causa diploma from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. Rev. Hoppe and his wife, Beatriz, have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Below is a thank you from Tracy Quaethem, Manager of Health Ministry, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. LIMM provided a $2000 grant for travel scholarships for LCMS Mercy Medical Team participants. We are thankful for this partnership!
April 21, 2016
Dear Friends at Lutherans in Medical Missions,
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5
I am truly thankful to God for the ministry and partnership of Lutherans in Medical Missions. Your continued prayers and support are an ongoing blessing to the LCMS Mercy Medical Team program, as we work together to bring Christ’s love and healing to our brothers and sisters all over the world.
Thank you for the recent $2000 grant for travel scholarships for MMT participants. The funds will be used this November, as we partner with Concordia University Irvine to bring several nursing students to Madagascar. The students will be staying at the Lutheran Hospital in Antsirabe, where they will work in the hospital beside the Malagasy nurses, provide primary care to patients through rural mobile medical clinics, and lead community health education classes.
Participation in a Mercy Medical Team provides a greater understanding of vocation as a calling, as students discover that their vocational gifts can be used to serve God both in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately, the financial commitment of higher education often prevents students from participating. Your grant will help the students gain an understanding of the global body of Christ while creating a broad world view which will serve them throughout their vocational life.
Thank you again for your continued support and partnership. May God richly bless you in your ministry.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Dear Members of the Lutherans in Medical Missions Board,
I want to write and give you my sincere thanks and gratitude for your generous payment of the cost for me to take the Skin and Wound Module of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence certification course offered through Emory University. I am very excited about taking th…is module as I know it will have a direct impact on my work in West Africa. When our son was in Guinea this past Summer/Fall helping to start a health clinic he sent me a picture of a terrible wound a woman had on her foot and asked what he should do for her. I showed the picture to doctor friends who immediately said she needed surgery, which was not a possibility for this woman. Later, I showed the picture to a friend of mine who is a Wound Care certified nurse and she had many suggestions, all appropriate for the situation. This convinced me that this course would be very helpful for work in West Africa and won’t tell me to do an I & D and put a wound vac on everyone.
Again, I am so thankful and excited about this course and appreciate so very much your willingness to pay the tuition for me!
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 and Concordia Lutheran Ministries/Angel Tears Ministries are pleased to announce that Molly Christensen, RN has been awarded a $500 grant to help with travel costs on her upcoming LCMS Mercy Medical Team trip to Madagascar.
Sarah Kanoy, RN moved to Nairobi, Kenya on Monday. LIMM is thankful to have helped Sarah. Sarah wrote ” Thanks to Lutherans in Medical Missions, I have a medical supply bag all ready to go! In East Africa once people know you are a nurse, they will frequently bring sick or injured patients to you. I am set up to be able to provide some basic medical care from my bag of supplies. The best part of this is that these situations frequently are great opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ! Thank you LIMM and all the supporters for helping make this possible!” Please keep Sarah in your prayers.