On Tuesday Erin hosted a free medical clinic at Iglesia del Nazareno. Juan Obiang Esono is a leader at the church and one of Mike’s seminary students. Erin is hosting clinics at all the churches of Mike’s students as an extension of our seminary. When Erin provides clinics at churches pastored by our seminary students it provides a tangible benefit to their ministries and is showing how our seminary strives to impact their communities.
Before the clinic started, Erin and one of her Guinean nurse volunteers, put on several health education classes. Each patient received education on AIDS, high blood pressure, Typhoid, and clean water. Everyone was given free pictorial handouts to take home or share with friends. The health classes provided ways people can positively impact their lives without expensive medicines. The information revolved around each person taking control of their own health by changing diet or lifestyles. Few people have the education to be able to impact their own lives and they resign themselves to a fatalistic mentality about health.
During the clinic, Erin and the three Guinean nurses, treated 25 people. Those who attended received free diagnostic exams, professional consultations, and free medicine. Most of the people who attended this clinic would not otherwise be able to afford medical care. Erin treated lots of high blood pressure and tested several for malaria. Lots of kids and elderly people were seen. Erin removed one toe nail and treated a 16-year-old boy with cataracts. Pastor Juan’s church and the surrounding community received a huge dose of God’s great mercy.