AMAA Medical Mission Expands to a Third Location This Year
What a blessing to be of service to the people of Armenia for the last eight years and we thank the Lord for all who have ventured along with us.
This year we had an enormous Medical Mission Team with 45 individuals from the US and Canada and nine Armenian translators. This was the largest team to date and although we were a bit apprehensive about the size and the ability to handle such a large group, we knew God had a plan. Little did we know that the fledging Evangelical Church congregation of Sisian had been praying that the medical team would come to their city. At the same time, three new physicians contacted us and said they were interested in joining the team after we had closed the application process. We couldn’t say no as these additional physicians allowed us to go to another region in southern Armenia. We had wanted to do this in prior years, but found that we didn’t have the manpower to split into two teams. Through God’s divine intervention the Sisian church prayers helped our dream become a reality. This year’s team included nine physicians, two dentists, a chiropractor, a pharmacist, three nurses and a very willing group of ancillary workers eager to serve the Armenian people.
We began the week setting up a complete ambulatory clinic within the Evangelical Church in Vanadzor. The clinic provided a laboratory and diagnostic testing with an ultrasound and EKG. Other services included a reading glasses station and medical education by our nurses. Our dentists educated the youth on dental hygiene and treated them with fluoride. After a two-day stay in Vanadzor, we divided the team into two groups with half going to Stepanavan and the other half to Sisian.
The overall success of our mission can be measured in many ways. First, we saw and treated over 1,400 patients in four days at the clinic. Second, over 400 children received fluoride dental treatments from our dentists. Third, we were able to bless patients with free medications, some that would last them for a year of treatment. Fourth, each physician team prayed with every patient who walked through the clinic offering more healing than just medication. Fifth, patients who had never been to church were able to attend church services that were held between the morning and afternoon clinic. And finally, we received word that because of our mission, more families are now coming to church and are growing in their faith.
We are thankful to those who were praying for us and the Medical Mission Team. This year was especially difficult with many personal trials that Sue and I endured just prior to leaving. Yet God is faithful and gave us the strength that only can come from Him. We are thankful for the monetary support that the Armenian Missionary Association of America provided, allowing us to distribute free medication and supplies to hundreds of Armenians. We are humbled to see how God has grown the medical mission over the years. We can assure you that your generous donations to the AMAA earmarked for the medical mission go directly to the Armenian people and are only used for medications and supplies. Please consider joining us next year if you have the desire to serve God in Armenia. See our website link on amaa.org for more information.
Dr. Al and Sue Phillips