First Health Care Volunteers Consultation
By Beverly Nolte
An exciting weekend for health care professionals from the North Central Jurisdiction was held May 18-20, 2001 in Des Plaines, IL. Sixty medical people were inspired by personal stories from former medical missionaries and volunteers who have worked abroad from Liberia to Haiti.
Testimonials came from Rev. Dr. Lowell Gess, opthamalogist from Alexandria, MN, who started and continues work at the Kissey Eye Clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Dr. Doyle Ellis from Vincinnes, IN, who has frequent flyer miles to Haiti where he organizes dental clinics; Janet Auman, RN, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who spoke of providing more than "hands on" mission at Ganta Hospital in Liberia.
Lowell Gess, MD
Doyle Ellis, DDS
Janet Auman, RN
The featured speaker, Dr. Dwight Judy, of Oakwood Spiritual Retreat Center in Syracuse, IN, presented some thoughts on the link between the physical, mental and spiritual healing to treat the "whole" person. Rev. Chuck Ellinwood and Bishop John Hopkins led the group in Bible studies taken from the healing ministries of Jesus. Bishop Hopkins held communion and encouraged attendees to "get involved" as health care volunteers.
At the forthcoming NCJ ROUNDUP on August 3-5, a four-hour presention will be given by Dr. Cherian Thomas of the General Board of Global Ministries’ Health and Relief unit on "Community Based Primary Health Care." Persons interested in attending may contact the NCJ office.
Dr. Dwight Judy Rev. Chuck Ellinwood Bishop John Hopkins Beverly Nolte
The NCJ is sponsoring five medical trips for interested participants between now and the mid 2002. Interested persons may contact: Beverly Nolte, (515) 237-8545, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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