When I reflect on our mission trip to Gambade along the Grand Riviere du Nord near Cap Haitien, my thoughts return to the delivery room at the local public hospital …the metal chair with stirrups was not unlike others, but the ripped and dirty foam covering the chair is an unforgettable image.
The December 2016 EMASSARY is now out. What a wonderful time to reflect on what God has done in 2016. Included in this edition is a special message called, Transition by Dr. Peter Agwa. Ellen Watson, our retiring Director of Administration, shares about her 31 Years of Blessings, serving with EMAS Canada. We rejoice [...]
This year’s EMAS Haiti team continued to provide hope to a disadvantaged community. The post-earthquake state of Haiti continues to slowly improve. The team travelled to Port-Au-Prince in February, 2016. One of the Team Leaders, Rachelle Brière, arrived in Haiti one week before the team to prepare for the team’s arrival including orientation teaching sessions [...]
Angela remembers the day she went into a shop to buy groceries. “Get out!” said the clerk at the store. “You’re too ugly!” Her face had been badly burned in 2014.
By Melony Teague Your gifts in action. What if you were able to see the impact that sponsored surgery and care of children with disabilities has made in the lives of those served by EMAS Vietnam’s Medical Aid for Vietnam program? Through the eyes of Dr. Pete Greidanus and Neveah Dumas, who served in [...]
My life of working part time, driving kids to hockey practice twice a week, hockey games on weekends, piano lessons and driving to school was interrupted by 2 1/2 weeks of serving the psychiatric patients and nurses at the psychiatric hospitals in two cities in China.
EMAS Canada was featured in the August 2015 issue of CMDS' Focus Magazine. Alana Cormier has served on the EMAS Vietnam team and talks about her faith-growing experiences. (Page 8 & 9) On page 21 is a meaningful and touching story from Christopher Wang detailing his experiences as part of the EMAS China West team since joining the team after High School in 2009.
The Ecuador Medical-Dental Mission (Operation Esperanza) has been going annually to Cuenca, Ecuador, for the past 18 years. Some patients show their gratitude by returning every year to help where they can, mostly by translating in the clinics and on the ward. In the following story, Patricia is one such patient. One of her hips, which was replaced 14 years ago, required a revision this year.
By Stephen and Stephanie Milone We travelled with our three children and Dr. Peter Agwa to this beautiful area at the foothills of the Himalayas. Our visit to Herbertpur Christian Hospital was a success. We achieved our goals of establishing new friendships and a plan for the educational advancement of the staff. Working closely [...]
By Kristina Joyal (4th Year Medical Student) I had attempted to prepare myself for this medical mission to Haiti; I attended the meetings, read about the history of Haiti and even took an online course to learn some Creole! However, the reality was beyond what I could have imagined. The chaos, the poverty, the [...]
The China South Surgery and Post-Op Teams are back safely on our shores and are already preparing for their next trip in May. Together, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists,dentists and audiologists enjoyed good health and a time of serving together in unity. There is no doubt that the China South team love to laugh together and celebrate together.
In October 2014 the EMAS Myanmar Team set out to travel to rural areas of Myanmar. Dental work was conducted outside in some cases, but patients were still grateful to receive assistance. Not only were the team able to treat those in need, but they also provided valuable preventative instruction such as proper oral hygiene.
God appeared on earth in bodily form. He was called Jesus Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Col.2:9). At EMAS Canada, we are humbled by the amazing and indescribable privilege we have of bringing this same God to the world through Christ-centered healthcare teams that proclaim His love through healing and teaching.
Midway into the July 2014 EMAS mission to Vietnam I remember getting on a bus full of exhausted volunteers for an hour ride back to where we were staying that night. I sat next to a window, looking out into the fields and roads of Vietnam. There were no skyscraper buildings, no malls, no Starbucks, nothing but land and the people tending to it.
Recently, two surgery teams, one dental team and one medical team, visited different cities in southern China. The surgery teams operated on more than 120 patients with severe conditions: burns, congenital deformities, etc. The audiologists performed hearing tests and fitted people with hearing aids. This holistic approach often resulted in dramatic improvement in their quality of [...]
The Ecuador Team related the following stories from their 2013 orthopaedic surgery mission trip: A 61 year-old Quechua woman needed to be carried and lifted onto the hospital bed by her daughter. She had not walked for two years. The day after her hip replacement, she was up and walking with crutches. The future did [...]