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.
Below is a summary of the Grant Report from the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center located in Hyattsville, MD. LIMM provided a $1000 grant to help fund the needs of the center.
LIMM 2015 Grant Report
The receipt of this LIMM $1,000 grant was indeed a blessing to the Community Health Education efforts of Faith Community Nurse Jeanine McGrath as she worked through the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center located in Hyattsville, MD identifying and addressing the needs of the community.
Hyattsville is extremely diverse, with people from many countries and cultures all living within a close community. The Compassion Center is physically located within two classrooms on the campus of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Its ministry is a partnership between Redeemer and Trinity Lutheran (Mt. Rainier) and the Lutheran Mission Society.
To date, grant funds have been used for three purchases, each addressing a different educational need.
1. Many clients and visitors to the Center bring along their children. In mid-November 50 nutrition-themed activity books aimed at 7-11 year old children were purchased. The books include games, puzzles and other activities and cover a variety of topics with catchy titles including – “Vita-veggies”, “Protein Punch”, “Nuts about Nutrition”, “Snack Attacks”, “Mighty My Plate”, “Grain Power”, “Dairy Dynamo”, “Nutri-licious”, “Fruit-Frenzy”, and “Good Times with Good Foods”. Jeanine uses these books to start conversations with the children, offering them an educational past time as mom/dad find the things they need at the Center.
2. Clients can receive free food at the Center once a month. Jeanine and I have talked several times about how we can use this opportunity to also educate clients on their food choices. In late November, 200 re-usable grocery bags (totes) were purchased with “Tips for Healthy Eating” printed on each bag. Clients are encouraged to bring their tote with them each time the visit the Center, allowing for conversation between Jeanine and the clients. Each bag is printed with the following healthy hints:
- Avoid oversized portions
- Make half your plate vegetables and fruit
- Make half you grains whole grains
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Reduce foods that are high in added sugar, salt and fats.
3. To provide opportunity for conversation with the many adults visiting the Center (not necessarily clients, who receive the things they need for free), Jeanine was looking for some general health information that addressed common health issues across cultural boundaries. In mid-December, four different tri-fold brochures were purchased (50 each) as well as an attractive brochure display to use on the front counter of the Center. The brochures are titled:
- Sugar Shockers – eat and drink less sugar
- Managing Diabetes and My Plate
- Food Safety – Tips to handle and prepare food with care (for older adults)
- Physical Activity – Discover activities that you enjoy and get moving
Jeanine is in conversation with Pastor Eric Linthicum (Redeemer Lutheran) and Pastor Peter Schiebel (Trinity, Mt Rainier) as well as the faith community nurse organization through Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring) to offer an “Aging in Place” workshop for the Hyattsville community to be held at Redeemer in 2016. It is anticipated that the remainder of the grant will be used to help fund this event.
Below are two photos of Jeanine at the center
Ellie needs your help! Elizabeth “Ellie” Natura is a Lutheran parish nurse in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. Nearly 90 percent of Papua New Guinea’s citizens live in rural areas that are often difficult to reach. First Aid Posts comprise more than 70 percent of all health care facilities. These posts deliver primary care, including immunizations and community health education. A solar system is desperately needed in the small post Ellie and her teammates use to store vaccines, while a coconut tree has fallen onto another post. In a country where only 68% of children ages 12-22 months (2013) are vaccinated against measles, safe storage of vaccines is of utmost importance.
This Christmas we are asking you to please partner with us in providing $2000 to fix those precious aid posts. You can read more about Ellie on our website (LIMM Provides Travel Grant to Parish Nurse from Papua New Guinea): www.limm.org.
Good news! The budget and tax bill that President Obama just signed included a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover. If you are at least 70 1/2 years, you may have your IRA administrator transfer funds tax free directly to LIMM and other charities (up to a total of $100,000 per tax year!). Such transfers may count towards the required minimum distribution. We welcome your support in this special way.
Donations may be made online at www.limm.org. Click on the DONATE button at the top of this page. Donations are made using PayPal. Be sure to note Papua, New Guinea on donation.
If you are a Thrivent member, please consider Lutherans in Medical Missions when directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to an organization.
Donations by mail may be sent to:
P.O. Box 766
Concordia, MO 64020
LCMS Mercy Medical Teams (MMT) is seeking volunteers for mission trips to Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda next year. They need not only doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals, but also hard working laity. The dates are:
· April 8-17, 2016: Tanzania
· June 17-26, 2016: Kenya
· Aug. 5-14, 2016: Uganda
For more information, please contact Tracy Quaethem, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Life and Health Ministries, at 314-996-1711 or email Tracy.Quaethem@lcms.org.
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
LIMM provided a travel grant for a parish nurse from Papua, New Guinea to attend the 2015 Parish Nurse Travel Tour. Below is a summary from Elizabeth Natera.
Parish Nursing in Papua New Guinea
Parish Nursing in Papua New Guinea started when some nurses from Goroka learnt about Parish Nursing in the Internet and so started researching it and eventually attended the course in Adelaide, South Australia. When they came back, their congregation which is the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Goroka (a town in PNG) included Parish Nursing as a ministry of the congregation. Their Pastor (Pastor Graham Baital) was very much involved in getting this ministry going.
All the Parish Nursing course was conducted in Goroka by Rev. Bob Wiebush and his wife Lynette of Adelaide, South Australia. So St. John’s Congregation in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province was the only congregation that had Parish Nurses.
In 2014 Pastor G.Baital invited some of us from Madang to attend the workshop in Goroka. About 9 of us from 4 different congregations were participants of this workshop. Coming back to Madang, we started conducting clinics in all these congregations. We moved from congregation to congregation because we all did not come from the same congregation. Got good results from our clinics.
From September 23rd to the 1st of October 2015, 6 of us attended the Study Tour in New Zealand. Four were from St. John’s congregation in Goroka and two of us from Memorial congregation in Madang. The two from Madang (Walpain Lagot & myself) were Blessed with the scholarship that was from the “Lutherans in Medical Missions”. Thankyou so much.
Being part of the Study Tour gave us the opportunity to:
- Firstly, meet other parish nurses from other countries and learn about what they are doing in regard to Parish Nursing.
- Secondly, there are other sessions that were presented by Rev. Wiebush and others that gave us a global perspective of the Parish Nursing.
- Thirdly, gave us the opportunity to see parts of New Zealand.
Thank you and may God continue to Bless you as you continue to serve Him in what you are doing.
Back row, L to R: Elizabeth Natera, Walpain Lagot, Epau Toa Above: Team from Madang during the workshop at Goroka
Front row, L to R: Leke Kamale, Judith Gureri, Janet Asa
Blessed to be attending the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Training of Trainers with Steph Schulte in Springfield, MO. Today we talked about the Great Commission & Great Commandment, Triaged the patients you see in the picture (into CHE outreach, clinic, or hospital), and defined CHE. Thank you Lord for the awesome learning opportunity this is! Thanks also to Lutherans in Medical Missions for making this possible by providing the financial support! We are having a blast!
Summary of CHE Training the Trainers 1
The training that Sarah and I were able to receive thanks to the generous support of Lutherans In Medical Missions was so hands on, practical and helpful. Both Sarah and I are tasked with very large and somewhat undefined positions with the Office of International Missions: To provide health and hygiene education as well as help set up health clinics in 5 East African countries (Sarah) and 6 West African nations (Steph). As overwhelming as that sounds, the CHE training is perfectly suited to making such a huge task possible.
From day one of the conference we were very low tech. This was to help us see how these principles can be implemented anywhere in the world, computers and wi-fi not required. Before each topic a “scribe” was “voluntold”, as Sarah put it, to write the ideas that the group came up with on a big sheet of paper.
The first thing we did was to discuss our expectations for the conference. We had some pretty lofty goals: Health promotion, poverty alleviation and discipling followers of Jesus. We learned that all training is participatory and the key to CHE work is to involve motivated people from the community. Train them to do the actual hands on work and by that we multiply ourselves.
Next we got some more practical ideas and training on how to actually carry this out. We learned the importance of community involvement from the very start. Sometimes foreigners can come in with ideas of what they think needs to be done to solve a problem. Frequently, however, the local people know what needs to be done. They just lack the knowledge and understanding of how they can work together to solve the problem. Self-assessment and evaluations are completed to encourage them in their ability to work together to solve problems.
The entire CHE philosophy is built around the outsider who has some expertise and knowledge to share with the community about what it needs. Rather than trying to help everyone, which would lead to exhaustion and be extremely inefficient, this “expert” helps to form a committee of trainers. These trainers will be extensively trained by the outsider in his or her area of expertise. From there the trainers will train local, motivated and willing Community Health Educators (CHEs). The CHEs are the backbone of this type of program. They are the people physically going into the homes of their family, friends and neighbors. They are the ones actually passing along the knowledge and education that they receive from the trainers, who in turn have received their knowledge from the “expert”.
This type of programming is, to use a current buzzword, organic and incredibly effective. Often when a stranger comes in and proclaims a solution to a problem, the local people will listen politely and even make an effort towards a beginning but, in the end, wind up feeling powerless and helpless. They see the outsider as having the ability to carry out this project, but feel completely unable to do it themselves. CHE training is completely designed with the local community in mind. First, it is helped to come up with the “problems” that face it. Then, with some guidance and input from the trainers, they are led to come up with the solution and how to put that solution into practice. This is such a great, effective technique.
After this we talked about some practical ways that CHEs can be trained. We learned the LePSAS technique for teaching: LePSAS Learning Technique
- We learn best by watching and actually doing things ourselves.
- Learner Centered
- Problem Posing
- Action Oriented
- Spirit led
All this is designed to increase the effectiveness and eventual use of the knowledge being passed along. In the medical field, we know very well that people learn best by doing. This program puts that knowledge into full action.
The rest of the training was hands-on “solving” of problems. We frequently broke up into groups where we were given a big problem and had to come up with step-by-step solutions to that problem. When we looked at things from a practical, what can the community themselves do, point of view we came up with a lot of great ideas. At least we thought they were great. 🙂
The practical, hands-on nature of this training has helped both Sarah and I to take our huge, vague job descriptions and help us to begin to put some concrete, down-to-earth plans into place.
We are both looking forward to deploying to our respective areas and continuing our CHE education with a Training the Trainers 2 seminar. While at the conference we discovered that there are CHE program both in Kenya where Sarah will be living and in Togo where I will be. Isn’t it amazing how God arranges these things?
Thanks be to Him who ordains all things for his purpose and for our good.
Thanks again to Lutherans in Medical Missions for supporting our work in Africa.
Lutherans in Medical Missions (LIMM) is blessed to support Missionaries Stephanie Schulte, RN and Sarah Kanoy, RN in attending the CHE TOT Conference link below. To learn more about Stephanie, Sarah, LIMM and CHE, please give us a call at 904-806-8679 or check out our website: www.limm.org!
On Sat., June 13, Shary Yerk and I participated in a LIMM CHE (Community Health Education) project in Seine Bight, Belize. Seine Bight is a village on the south eastern coast of Belize, near Placencia. The village is home to approx. 1200 people of Garifuna and Hispanic descent. During 4 days of mission work, 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. A total of 18 women and youth participated in the sessions. Sheila Morrall assisted us with interpretation for the Spanish teaching.
In addition, we met and instructed a group of 3 ladies, one a former RN, one a CNA and one a community volunteer, Miss Joan, Miss Elaine, and Miss Winnie.
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. There are several patients in the community that have diabetes, and the families are responsible for the care. The family members receive no education during hospitalization of their loved ones, and are often criticized and scolded for asking questions of the nursing staff. Patient education is virtually non-existent in the country. Joan, Winnie and Elaine are very interested in helping their community, and in setting up a regular visit schedule to continue teaching the patients and their caregivers. They have asked for assistance in obtaining one or two glucometers that they can use during their visits to patients homes.
The homes in the Spanishville region are built round the swamp and dump.
Pictured above is an extremely polluted lagoon that surrounds the homes. We crossed a very rickety foot bridge to enter the region, and make home visits to two newly diagnosed diabetic patients. One on one teaching was given to the 16 year old granddaughters that are responsible for caring for their grandparents. In one case, the granddaughter told me she was threatened to be kicked out of the hospital for asking the nurse about her grandfathers’ medications, and instructions on diet. His discharge instructions were to eat only fruits and vegetables, and to come back for a blood sugar check in 3 months.
Here is a picture of Shary working with Juan, a new diabetic, who was hospitalized for 12 days.
Below, Sharon is teaching Felicia, an English speaking resident from Spanishville.
The women were very interested in the education and participation in the return demonstration class was excellent.
We were also able to work with two nursing students, Andrea Whitehouse, and Sarah Long. Both were present and participated in the teaching as well as the home visits.
In addition to the diabetes teaching, Shary and I met with several residents and discussed end of life care and their culture. The overall consensus is that the residents do not want a home hospice program yet. They prefer to go to the hospital for end of life care. This has much to do with the Garifuna religion, and their beliefs that ancestors continue to guide them, and dying in the home brings darkness to the home. Culturally, we feel we must respect their customs, and work slowly with the church to bring Christianity to the people. Further community health assessment revealed a very strong desire for teaching of hypertension and heart health classes. This would be a very beneficial course for future trips.
Shary and I, along with Andrea and Sarah, performed several home visits as well. Besides the diabetic patients, the care we gave included a 10 year old with a sting ray barb in his ankle (who we took to the medical center 10 miles away for immediate care), a construction worker who had a puncture wound in his foot from a drill that fell off a roof, 2 recent amputees (from complications of diabetes), 2 stroke patients who were recovering very slowly with care from their family, and 2 children with Cerebral Palsy who receive ongoing assistance from the Belize Mission Society.
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, and will continue to excel with the excellent community leaders that have stepped forward to learn and continue teaching the programs.