Erin in North Africa, Part 4

Just got an update from Erin in North Africa.  Here it is:
 
We don’t have final numbers yet, but it looks like we treated over 600 patients! Incredible! We prayed with almost all of them – Muslim and Christian alike! Only had a few Muslim patients refuse. We ran six clinics – internal medicine, cardiac, neurology, orthopedics, ob-gyn, and pediatrics/psychiatry. I was initially told I was going to be working with a pediatric doctor, and that I would be assisting – it ended up that I was the pediatric doctor. The person I was supposed to work with was used in a different capacity. I diagnosed and treated about 100 patients in my clinic alone! We are finishing up our medical trip by visiting two orphanages.
 
The true miracles we saw were in the spiritual realm. We were able to bridge spiritual gaps by treating physical needs. Incredible! I will NEVER again discredit the huge spiritual benefit of medical mission teams.
 
We were never on down-time. We started each day getting up at 6:00am, and not getting into bed until 11:00pm each night. From the time we got up until the time we laid down we were busy! Even at dinner time away from the clinic, people would just show up with their x-rays or lab results in their hands, desperate to see an American doctor and we would treat them over dinner. We had several people show up at our bus before our day even started, and we were treating and diagnosing people on the street corner. It was incredible! As you can imagine, also exhausting! We are beat to a pulp! I will say we used every minute of every day doing God’s work, so although we are physically exhausted, we feel well used!
 
Our work finishes here today. Tomorrow we start the slow trip home. When I get home I will provide more detailed stories and pictures.
 
To get an overview of what Erin is doing in North Africa go to this blog entry.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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