Archive for the ‘Mission Trips’ Category

DSC_0226This is a great prayer letter that Carmen Marflak sent out. She is currently serving at Egbe Hospital for one month. This is her 5th time to Egbe Hospital. She makes a great observation that there is so many opportunities to serve in Egbe. Medical being the biggest need but anyone can come on a mission trip or serve short or long term and find a place to be God’s hands and feet because there is ministry going on all over the Egbe community. For more information about all the opportunities to serve email jos.sta@sim.org or visit www.egbehospital.com .

Monday, the 16, started out with a full day of surgeries. All day long, I kept watching the clock because I knew we were not going to be finished in enough time for AWANA’s at C.A.R.E. Africa. There was a prayer in my heart all day, for the Lord to “speed up” the surgeon’s hands. Well, God answers prayer! We sent the last patient back to the ward at 3:30; I ran back to the guest house, took a 2 minute cold shower, put on street clothes, grabbed the salvation bracelets, and walked out the door as Emma was driving up to get me.

DSC_0209We had a great time at AWANA’s. There were not the 190+ kids there; there was only about 170 because it was raining and the roads and walking paths were very slick and muddy. The silence in the room was also a miracle. I walked in with the children laughing and talking, noisy!!!!!. Emma raised both his arms and said silence! You could have heard a pin drop. And they remained that way until I was finished telling the story of how Jesus died for our sins, makes us clean and whole inside, helps us to grow in our faith, and prepares a place for us in Heaven. It was an exhausting day, but so exciting and rewarding!

Every Tuesday at 2:30, Dr Jen (one of the SIM missionary doctors) leads a hospital Womens Bible Study. Change of shift here in Nigeria is 2:15. So several of the women from each of the departments come regularly to this Bible Study. For the last 3 months they have been going through the Book of John. Last week they were in chapter 12. So, fortunately, last week, those of us in the OR were finished by 2:30 and could actually make it to Bible Study. There were 14 of us last week. It is a pleasure to listen and answer their questions, and see the eyes light up when they grasp what God is trying to teach them. It is a joy to hear of their struggles and how God has answered prayers. It is also a real treat for me to build a relationship with the other women in the hospital, as well as the ones I work with every day in the OR.

DSC_0521These last 2 weeks in the OR have almost been overwhelming. My first day in the OR was the 11th and I have actually had 1 day off (Sunday, the 22). Tuesdays and Thursdays are supposed to be clinic/office day for Dr Fabruce, with no surgery scheduled on those days. So I am scheduled for lectures for the family practice residents, the Anesthesia trainees, and for the nursing students. But, even on those days, there have been so many emergent patients come through ER, that we have been working late into the evenings. Between all the trauma patients (motor bike accidents, walls collapsing on families, machete fights), the C/Sections, the appendectomies, perforated bowels and the snake bites, we have done very few elective/ scheduled procedures. On Monday, Wed, Friday, we normally start out with 3-4 scheduled procedures, but by the end of the day we have done between 5-7. All last week and this week, the only anesthesia providers have been Jummy and me. Evelyn is on maternity leave, Rebecca and Adeola are both on vacation. We have been getting a little weary by the time we finish the day. But God is good and gives us both a restful sleep at night. I am reminded of

Psalms 3:5 and 4:8, I will lie down and sleep, I wake again because the Lord sustains me.” And “In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety”

DSC_0383 (2)Last Wednesday, a team of mothers and their teen children (10 altogether) came from my home church (Live Oak Christian Church) in Bluffton, SC. They experienced a lot of flight cancellations, and lost luggage (the last of their luggage arrived last evening), but they have been serving over at C.A.R.E. Africa all week; painting the school, doing VBS, making home visits to the sponsored children, visiting the HIV clinic. It has been a joy to have company!!! I am usually alone in the guest house. I don’t get to see them much, because I am finished with breakfast and in the hospital before they get to the dining room. Many evenings, I have missed dinner because of late cases, but the times that we have shared together have been good; hearing what they have done, and the stories of the C.A.R.E. Africa children, helps me to realize that there is another world out there in Egbe, that I rarely get to see. Mission service here in Egbe entails a lot more than just the hospital; God’s Word, Love, and Compassionate service is being made known throughout the community by cooperating groups and missions. It is exciting to see how God works in other areas besides medicine!

I’ve been busy that’s for sure…

I’ve created SIM Nigeria’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vimeo accounts. I of course stay busy finding and putting content on these social media pages for maximum exposure. I’ve been to several local events to film or take pictures to publish on our media sites. I’ve recently revised and published two very important brochures that SIM Nigeria uses for recruitment of short term missionaries as well as medical missionaries.

Along with all of this, there has also been a lot of traveling for me over the past few months in order to get video of four Theological colleges where SIM missionaries can come to serve. One of the colleges is about a 14 hour drive away from where we live.  Another college is three hours away and yet another is about six hours away. This last one being located almost to the most northern border of Nigeria. Each visit consisted of many interviews with educators, administrators, and students. After all of the travel, I’ve spent about 60 hours editing this one video. The purpose of this is to get people excited about the opportunities to serve with SIM Nigeria if they are a professor or educator. Click the picture to see the video.

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This will be longest of a series of videos I will complete for theological education in Nigeria. The idea would be to provide shorter versions of this to get people excited and if they should want more information, then they can watch this longer seven minute video.

Overall, my role here with SIM Nigeria is being well received by our fellow missionaries, who’s excitement is growing as they see the potential of helping their ministries. Also, our administration is enthused about this becoming a huge recruitment tool for our field. Some of the biggest excitement is from our Nigerian church, ECWA. These brothers and sisters who are ministering all over Nigeria, see the potential to provide a huge tool for them to reach the lost.

Pray for me as my work load is not getting smaller, but rather bigger. Upcoming, I will be working on videos and materials for medical missions, youth ministries, ministering to those marginalized & vulnerable in our society, short-term missions, the persecuted church, indigenous missions, trauma healing ministries, and so much more! Also, pray for workers, as the harvest is plentiful.

 

I am excited to announce that I will be starting a new ministry when we move mid-year. Please watch this video so that you can have a better understanding of what I will be doing and how you can be involved in helping. – Lenny

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“We are coming!”

Posted: May 19, 2014 by Patrice Miles in Egbe, Miles In Missions, Mission Trips, Volunteers

diana“We are coming!” This was the email I received over 3 month ago from our friends and Miles in Missions supporters, Stephen and Diana Beville. I thought after I gave them the costs and details of the journey they would say that they were mistaken and couldn’t come.  $3,000 in plane tickets, $850 for accommodations and transportation to Egbe, VISA’s, shots, 16 hours in plane travel, 8 hours in vehicle travel and you have to stay for 2 weeks. Diana said,” I don’t know how we will come up with the money, get time off from work and I am so nervous I am shaking but we are saying, Yes! We feel God is calling us to come and serve in Egbe.” I screamed to Lenny the news and then cried as I had always thought no one would ever come and visit us in the bush.

DSC_0063When the Beville’s said YES we all had no clue what God had planned. We just knew he wanted them here. Weeks before their arrival he started to give us little glimpses of what he wanted them here for. First it was clear that I needed some Louisville lovins. Since Abby’s departure at the end of March I have been very lonely. I knew God knew I needed a woman from Louisville to lift my Spirits and help me push forward until more female missionaries arrive.

DSC_0006God’s plan continued to unfold one week before the Beville’s arrival.  Our medical director asked if the Beville’s could help move the pharmacy to its new location. I of course said yes. We could easily install shelving, clean the new location and move all the drugs. He then asked if Stephen would be comfortable with viewing the pharmacy policy and procedures and seeing what changes needed to be made to make it more efficient. I told the MD that Stephen had never worked in a pharmacy before so I didn’t know if he would be comfortable with that, but I would ask. When Stephen arrived I shared the MD’s desires with him and he said, “Oh that’s no problem. I used to work in a pharmacy and my Dad is a pharmacist.” I couldn’t do anything but laugh as God has such a sense of humor.

DSC_0304Overall, their time here has ministered to our family, the hospital, the staff and the community. Our family needed to hear some of that familiar Louisville swang. The hospital needed help with the pharmacy move, Dr’s Library Facelift, server and Internet issues. A few of the staff and their grandchildren benefited from Diana’s computer and cooking classes. The community will benefit from the changes they have helped make for years to come. Thank you to the Beville’s for saying YES! Thank you to their family that re arranged their lives to watch their children. Thank you to everyone that supported them financially and prayerfully on this journey to Egbe! Thank you to everyone that contributed to the 7 suitcase of clothes and other goodies. To view more of their pictures in Egbe click Beville.

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Jamaica Mission TripA little over a year ago my life was changed by going on my first mission trip to Jamaica. It seemed that I heard God speaking so clearly when my cell phone was off,  I had no Internet, and I had no agenda for the day. I write to you today because I am excited about the possibility of leading mission trips to Egbe, Nigeria. Having this opportunity to  watch God work in peoples lives is so exciting!

Samaritans Purse VolunteersCurrently, Samaritans Purse is the main contributor to U.S. visitors in Egbe. These volunteers come every two weeks with construction skills that they use to help the revitalization project. In addition to the construction project, we now have the desire to start hosting large teams to do ministry inside and outside of the hospital walls.

Egbe TeamI know running large teams every month could be stressful on myself, but I envision so many benefits from it as well. The opportunity to see U.S. lives changed by a new outlook on life, ministries in Egbe helped, people’s eyes opened to the hospital and its needs would be tremendously gratifying. I see all the benefits, but am in prayer to see if it is Gods will. Does he want this? I will be spending a lot of time putting it all together. Things like forms, schedules, costs, ministry options, etc. still need to be created. I will be dependent on God’s help to put all the pieces together because I cannot make this happen on my own. I feel like a little girl who is showing her Daddy a picture that she has drawn and then waiting for him to tell her how beautiful it is while putting it on the fridge.

Egbe Volunteers I have high expectations of myself and admittedly, I can sometimes take on too much. I am sure there are many of you reading this that understand my pain. God has saved me from myself many times by not giving me what I want. I am thankful for that when I look back and see how he saved me from something that would have overwhelmed me or not worked out, but in that moment it was hard to be thankful. His will is always better than mine and it may or may not include my desire to see U.S. teams meet the beautiful people of Egbe. I am just going to have to wait and see. Lets all together watch and see what he does….. lets watch him show up and show off however that looks! How about you? Are you excited to see God show up and show off in your life no matter how that looks? If you have any interest in coming on a mission trip to Africa to serve the people of Egbe, no matter what your skill set is, click Egbe to email me.

New OPD at Egbe Hospital

Posted: October 26, 2013 by Patrice Miles in Egbe Hosptial, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Mission Trips

IMG_2734I had a conversation recently with a local Nigerian and this is what he told me. “Once the new OPD is finished God will bring people from towns all over to come and be healed. Watch and you will see! Everyone will talk about this hospital and how it is up to international standards so they can come and be healed.” I have only been here for a little over two months and watching the progress is amazing.

Samaritans Purse VolunteerA little over a year ago the demolition of  the current OPD started so construction could begin on the new one. There is more than the OPD that is under construction by Samaritans Purse. Compound housing upgrades, water, electricity and so much more. Every two weeks we are greeted with new smiling faces of volunteers that take time away from family and friends to come and help IMG_2743paint, install cabinets, run new electricity grids and more. Click Samaritans Purse to see how you can come and volunteer.

IMG_2748Once the OPD is complete and the patients start coming we are going to need a lot of staff to help. If you are in the medical field in any capacity we need you. Come for 2 weeks, 1 month, 1 year but just come.  I have been told that anytime a Western Doctor comes to Egbe people come from all over to be seen. I cannot wait to see this as we have an OBGYN doctor and her nurse coming soon. The increase in patients helps the hospital so much which in turn helps this community. Ophthalmologist, AIDS/HIV specialist, Teaching Doctors, Ear Nose and Throat, OBGYN, Family Medicine, Physicians Assistant etc etc…. come and let the skills God gave you heal the people of Egbe. Click World Medical Missions to volunteer.

Last but not least we are hoping to release short term team schedules for 2014 for churches, bible study groups and individuals. Just because you are not skilled in construction or medical doesn’t mean you cannot come and help the people of Egbe. The ministry opportunities here are endless from Orphaned children, teaching opportunities for pastors, doctors and school teachers, administrative, cooking & baking, Fulani outreach, agriculture and farming and more. Watch our BLOG for the exciting announcement of Team Trips!Egbe Hospital Exam RoomEgbe Hospital LabOPD Egbe Hospital

The motto of ECWA Hospital Egbe is ‘CHRIST HEALS’. We want to glorify God through provision of holistic health care services with the intent and purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God through excellent patient care and the demonstration of the Christ-like lives of its staff.

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As our family heads to Egbe in August we are excited and praying for who God will bring along with us. Currently there are 3 Samaritans Purse workers on site helping with the revitalization. This part of the project will be complete in March of 2014. Lenny and I will be assisting the Egbe team with the management of the compound, overseeing ongoing projects, hospital maintenance, coordinating short term teams and helping new missionaries transition into Egbe living.

2We are very excited about the opportunity to help the Egbe missionary community grow. Key positions are a Family Physician, General Surgeon, Administrator (general manager type), Medical Director and Head Nurse.  Right now the priority is getting a family medical physician that can provide leadership to the Nigerian Resident doctors and improve patient care. Egbe hospital is also in need of a Ophthalmologist, Pharmacist and additional Physcians/Medical Practitioners.

World Medical Missions Egbe HospitalWe are proud that Egbe Hospital is a part of the World Medical Mission. Short term medical trips and 2 year post-residency programs are available. If medical is not your field but construction is, there are still several opportunities for short term construction trips through Samaritans Purse. If you feel God has been leading you to missions and any of these opportunities seem interesting, please let us know so we can get you more information. If God has been calling you to missions and you don’t see anything above that fits your skills, let us know as the Egbe community has more needs then what is listed above.

We are praying for you, whoever you are! We are waiting for you to say “Here am I, Send me.” Isaiah 6:8.