First Day Success at Addis Medical Clinic

By Lavi Matesan,
Reporting from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hello, Conjo (Amharic for “Beautiful”) Friends,

As I write I can hear the hotel room neighbor’s prayers thanking Jesus. I, too, am so thankful for all that’s been given to us to partake in as the Lord does His work through Jewish Voice here in Ethiopia. We return from dinner every night at 9 p.m. and begin to wind down after a long day of clinic ministry, which for many JVMI volunteers begins as early as 5 a.m.  These days of outreach are full.

The Jewish people JVMI are treating are far from being materially rich, and you can tell that as soon as you look at their mud-covered feet barely staying put in their broken sandals or at their hole-ridden clothing. But you know they are content, emotionally rich people and that they are spiritually getting filled.

Even before they utter one syllable of appreciation, you know from the faces of these humble people just how grateful they are. Their eyes light up and fill with tears to say thanks in ways words alone could never express.

Though the first day of the medical clinic got off to a slower-than-usual start, with some kinks being worked out in getting patients to their physicians, things were resolved quickly, and in no time, the medical clinic grounds were full of patients and ministry was underway.

We saw a total of 1,440 patients, who had stood in line for hours, bearing sun and rain, hunger and hurt. It was a record-breaking day in the Prayer & Counseling room where 104 people were saved from their sins and 34 people got miraculously healed. And to top it all off, Labor and Delivery brought a beautiful 7.5-pound baby boy into the world (who we suggested be named “Jonathan” after our fearless leader, Jonathan Bernis), while another mother would soon birth her little gift from God.

We’re very excited for the upcoming days after what we’ve seen just today!

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  1. Great points! I will be checking back here often!

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    • laura4jvmi

       /  May 13, 2010

      Please do, Cindy. We want to be of service to you, providing you with the information and resources you need. God bless.

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