C M A N A LOVE.SERVE.UNITE.EQUIP JUNE 2018 • ISSUE 1 • VOLUME 1
A Call to Serve Maria Girgis
This year, the focus of the Ethiopian and Namibian missions was to build a solid relationship with the local university hospitals. Gaining governmental trust had proven to be difficult in the past, but with prayer and God’s grace, we were allowed to serve at the hospitals, offering primary and specialized care. The orthopedic team performed a hip and knee replacement - the first time this procedure had been performed at this specific hospital, and one of the handful of times it had been performed in the country. We were also able to provide the hospital with a surgeon who performed corneal transplants. In addition to performing the transplants, he was able to teach the local physicians the basics of this surgery. Finally, CMANA conducted training for a cardiac catheterization lab in Addis Ababa. The team was able to successfully complete the third training session and train the Ethiopian team the basics of interventional cardiology.
"The primary care team had a mobile clinic that they were able to take to remote areas"
CMANA has an agreement with the Namibian Ministry of Health to complete missions. In the last quarter, we had orthopedic, ENT, and vascular surgery teams come to Namibia to treat and teach the locals. Also, there was a primary care team comprised of internists, pediatricians, dentists, and pharmacists who came to serve as well. The primary care team had a mobile clinic that they took to remote areas to help serve those who might not be able to get the medical attention they need.
In God We Trust MADONA LAWINDY After the encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus made his way to Galilee. There, he was met by a nobleman who asked Him to come to his home in order to heal his dying son. Scripture tells us that the only words Jesus said to him were, “Go your way, your son lives.” At those words, the man confidently went back home to be greeted by a servant who told him that this son was, in fact, well again. Jesus could boldly say these words because He is the Omnipotent God. Healthcare professionals, however, are not given this same ability. What then do they rely on when giving a treatment plan to a patient and sending them back on their way home? Is it evidence-based practice? Advice from more senior professionals? Their extensive schooling? While there is tremendous value in all of these, the truth is, only God can know the outcome. Therefore, as healthcare professionals, we must extend our practice to include prayer on behalf of our patients. A patient’s trust is so important and fragile, so who better to handle the situation than God Himself? The greatest healing ability comes from God, so not only are we healthcare providers, but we are the liaisons between our patients and God, who provides the ultimate healing. This intercessory prayer could be the difference between life and death. "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15
" THIS INTERCESSORY PRAYER COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. "
TWIN BROTHERS SET THE BAR
FOR THE WORLD OF MEDICINE Cosmas and Damian, twin brothers born in Arabia in the third century, used their brilliance and charitable mentalities to treat the sick free of charge - therefore becoming exemplary doctors to those that followed. Living in Egaea, Cicilia, they treated the poor and rich alike. The ingenious twins were the first to successfully complete a limb transplant on a human being. When the persecution of Emperor Diocletian broke out, they were sentenced to death by torture; however, three miraculous events occurred before the twin saints were ordered to denounce their faith - one of them being when they were cast out into the ocean with both their hands and feet tied up. They were, however, miraculously untied and able to swim freely to shore. Soon after, in 287 A.D, the brothers were decapitated and martyred for refusing to denounce Christ. The saints are still highly regarded by both the Catholic and Coptic churches and are celebrated on September 26th by the Catholic Church, and on the 22nd of Hatour and Ba’ouna by the Coptic Orthodox Church. Cosmas and Damian are the patron saints of doctors, surgeons, dentists and pharmacists. Therefore, the next time you’re anxious about a loved one enduring surgery or a serious diagnosis, pray to Cosmas and Damian for a safe procedure and a healthy recovery. May their intercessions be with us all.
LOVE IN SIMPLICITY
“When I got the emails announcing the Ethiopia and Namibia trips, I thought that there was no way I’m going all the way to Africa in just one week! I signed up for both trips and started gearing up for my first African mission. This was my third mission trip with CMANA, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I’d heard that Africa was quite different from everywhere else. During my first week in Ethiopia, I worked alongside a team from the Ethiopian hospital and helped diagnose and treat dental issues. The experience was both moving and uplifting. Being outside the world of insurance, politics, and billing allowed me to focus solely on helping and caring for the patient in front of me. Patients flooded in from outside villages and waited in long lines, while others had to return the following day simply because they wanted to “see American doctors.” Although my knowledge may not have been much more than that of a local dentist, it was moving to see how eager patients were to see us. This experience was truly touching and humbling.”
MISSION OPPORTUNITY Brad Smith When he is not in North America, Mina Sawires, one of CMANA’s members, often finds himself in the most dangerous, and heartbreaking corners of the world. He has served poor Hindus in Calcutta, Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, and Yazidis hiding from ISIS in Iraq. As Mina would say, he has no special super power besides the gifts that God has given him. In his eyes, he is doing nothing exceptional; however, just as a doctor holds a scalpel, a nurse inserts a mundane tube, or a friend sitting by a patient’s bedside provides a hand to hold, God takes what is ordinary and transforms it into something beautiful, sacred, and world changing. The world cries out to see God in its actions, and we are sometimes called to serve those who are suffering, such as Christians and Yazidis in Iraq. Sometimes, it is a call to go to places where, in order to serve Muslims and witchdoctors, we need to flatter border security. Nevertheless, God also urges us to serve those that are closer to home, and perhaps, harder to serve. In North America, the call to service may entail going to impoverished, rural communities, loving those wearing ”Make America Great Again” hats, aiding those fighting addiction, or caring for youth in our cities who wear “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts and are wrestling with chronic violence and mental health. There is so much good to be done, so many to love, and we look forward to doing God's work with you.
LIVES YOU'VE TOUCHED This year, your generosity has helped us serve in Ethiopia, Namibia, and Haiti. The Ethiopia team, comprised of 28 members, came together to gather medical and pharmaceutical supplies to donate to St. Paul University Hospital worth $120,000. The Namibia team, comprised of 16 members, performed specialized surgeries with the orthopedic, ENT, and Vascular teams. The Haiti team, comprised of 15 members, carried approximately 700 pounds of medication and surgical and dental supplies with them to aid in their service of the Haitian people. In total, 5866 patients were seen, 5066 medical and dental procedures were performed, and 5700 prescriptions were filled. None of this would have been possible without your help!
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BRAD SMITH
In an increasingly globalized world and Church, we find ourselves in desperate need of the mechanisms that unite us. This sort of unity is not only necessary within the structures of the Church itself, but also in our daily lives in our communities, across social media, and, in the case of our organization, in our vocations. CMANA is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a space where healthcare professionals, patients, laypeople, philanthropists, or anyone can not only expand their understanding of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but contribute their own expertise, insights, resources, and passions to our mission. As God calls us to be His instruments of spiritual and physical healing in the world, CMANA hopes to be a light God can use to illuminate. Our mission is threefold: the first, and most important mission is to benefit "the least of these" by providing tangible, felt assistance to the poor who are at risk and marginalized, and to those that may be missed or forgotten by other organizations. The second is to challenge ourselves as healthcare professionals and laypeople by seeking constant improvement through others drawing on our incredibly diverse breadth of experiences and knowledge used for the benefit and edification of all. Finally, we believe in investing in the future generation of healthcare professionals by establishing relationships with current practitioners, retirees, and those who have not yet started their first rotation or internship. We are excited to serve, grow, and learn with you!
Future Events Please join us on October 20, 2018 for the first annual CMANA Gala! The event will be located at the Renaissance Hotel, Newark Airport in New Jersey. We are also pleased to announce the CMANA student chapter conference in Chicago, Illinois, this December!