Medical

Bob Oliveira

Bob believes that God has been preparing him for this missional role his entire life.

Paramedic Training in Chiapas

Licensed physicians are not usually available in Chiapan villages, so health workers assist at births. Most of the health workers have been taught to give injections and utilize intravenous techniques. A few perform simple external surgeries. They also connect villagers with government health workers and facilities, especially when hospitalization becomes necessary. The village health workers also are a spiritual arm of the church. They pray with patients, witness to the love of God, and help people recover from physical ailments and maladies.

Evangelical Mission Hospital

Evangelical Mission Hospital (EMH) has a more than 100-year history in Aswan, Egypt. EMH is well trusted by its mostly Muslim patients, but a lack of nurses make it difficult to run the hospital effectively. The RCA has partnered with the Aswan Nurses through EMH to provide tuition support for Egyptian men and women to go to nursing school in Egypt ($3,000 per year for three or four years). The RCA also helps cover stipends for the Christian-based family practice residents at EMH ($5,000 per year for two or three years).

Roger & Sue Scheenstra

The Scheenstras work with a semi-nomadic people who pasture their herds in a desert region of eastern Africa. This ethnic group, which is 99 percent Muslim, has very limited access to health, agricultural, and educational services; many suffer periodically from malnourishment, illiteracy, and high childhood mortality. Though the physical needs are great, their spiritual needs are even greater, since most of this people group have not understood or received the gospel.

Ahuas Clinic

Exotic birds squawk and bounce from tree to tree in the tropical rainforest. At the same time, poisonous snakes and insects crawl along the rainforest floor, while crocodiles slip into the river. The lush wall of flora has kept cars and modern-day technology from reaching the Miskito people of the Mosquitia region of Honduras. It has also kept the gospel from reaching them, and it isolates people from the nearest hospital—more than 12 hours away by canoe.

Amos Limo Liang'or

Amos Limo Liang’or grew up among the Pokot people along the Kenya/Uganda border. Because he contracted polio and was unable to help with work at home, he was the only one of his family’s 12 children to attend school. Amos became interested in medicine when he learned that polio can be prevented through immunization. He currently works as a nurse at the Pokot Health Centre in the village of Alale. He says, “As a nurse, I am concerned with more than just my patients’ physical well-being.”

Jeremy & Susan Beebout

Beyond the gates of the compound stretches a busy dirt road bordered by small shops, a warehouse, and many worn down mud-brick houses. This is just one corner of Niamey, Niger’s capital, where its one million residents are daily confronted with the challenges of climate, unemployment, and lack of basic necessities including food and basic health care. The compound is home to CADR, the development office of the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger. Clinique Olivia is part of CADR, as well as a new nursing school and a guesthouse.

Adrian & Bernardeth Bobb-Kelly

A line of laughing students streams into the meal center at 11:30 a.m., eagerly inhaling the scents of fresh bread and steaming pots of rice and beans. The chatter from children, pastors, midwives, and volunteers dwindles as they offer a song of praise. The kids are heading to school after this lunch, and their seats will be filled by a second wave of students arriving after their morning class before going home.