Lutheran Mobile Clinic (CAMM) Lilongwe, Malawi June, 2017
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Greetings from the warm heart of Africa,
How do you feel about surprises? Do you enjoy surprises, or do you prefer to make and follow a plan?
Most people probably enjoy lovely surprises but aren’t so keen on surprises that introduce stress.
At clinic, I work at the pharmacy station, filling and labeling pill bags. It is interesting to watch the children as they slide down the bench to receive their medication from the nurse. They see the vaccine station just beyond the pharmacy nurse and can certainly hear the babies getting their shots. Most of the children do not squirm because they can see that they are not in the line with all the needles. I imagine their thoughts are something like, “Whew, I’m glad I’m not in that line!”
From time to time, though, the pharmacy nurse administers the needed medication via injection. Much to their surprise, some of the children slide down the bench and suddenly find themselves in front of the nurse who is holding a syringe. At this point, I imagine their thoughts are something like, “Wait a minute…this wasn’t supposed to happen to me in this line!!!” That’s when the squirming and crying begins and the parent holds tightly to the child while they receive what they need.
Have you been surprised by circumstances or events? Maybe you feared that your boss would issue you a pink slip, but much to your delight, instead awarded you with a promotion! Then again, perhaps you planned to retire with a comfortable income, but now you’re not sure if you’ll ever be able to retire. Do you find yourself wondering what the Lord is up to when He sends you a surprise? Or perhaps you are most surprised when an event seems negative at first, but then turns out to be a wonderful blessing.
LMC has had a few surprises this year. We no longer receive many needed supplies from the Malawian government. LMC has a new head nurse and we are also beginning our preparations for the new Nurse in Charge on the field. In addition, the Malawi Lutheran Medical Council has a new member.
Just as the parents at clinic hold their surprised and distressed children, so our Father holds us as we squirm with our surprises. Our God declares that our situations do not surprise Him. His ways involve neither accident nor guesswork. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Even in the most surprising circumstances, the Lord invites us to seek His wisdom and guidance to know and accept His thoughts and plans, because His plans are so much better than ours could ever be!
Your sister in Christ,
Amanda Artz, Clinic Administrator
Lutheran Mobile Clinic, Malawi
October 23rd, 2016 Commissioning of Amanda Artz at Trinity, Brillion, WI
On Sunday, October 23rd, Amanda Artz was commissioned as the next Clinic Administrator for the Central Africa Medical Mission’s clinics in Malawi, Africa. The service was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brillion, Wisconsin, with Pastors Ross Henzi and Thomas Fricke officiating. The children of grades 3-8, the Trinity Ringers (bell choir), and the Forever Praise choir also took part in this special service.
Amanda will begin her service at the Lutheran Mobile Clinic based in Lilongwe, Malawi, the middle of November. Prior to living in Brillion (WI), Amanda lived in Denton (TX), Las Vegas (NV) and Madison (WI). She is a very talented musician and also enjoys being an aunt to several nieces and nephews.
As the administrator, Amanda will represent the Lutheran Mobile Clinic to those in Malawi and will be responsible for the daily operations and financial aspects of the clinic. This includes payroll, taxes, payments, insurance, banking, inventory, maintenance records and schedules, reporting clinic activity to Malawian agencies, ensuring clinic compliance with Malawian rules and regulations, continued development of agricultural plots at the Suzi clinic and various other duties as they arise. Amanda just finished a course in QuickBooks to help her with these tasks.
Our current Clinic Administrator, Alison Westphal, will return stateside in January 2017.
Please continue to pray for Amanda and those working with the Central Africa Medical Missions both in Malawi and Zambia.
Violet Chikwatu to attend nursing school with Althea Sauer Scholarship!
Congratulations to Violet Chikwatu, the newest recipient of the Althea Sauer Scholarship. Violet is the daughter of the Dean of Students at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Lilongwe Malawi Africa. Her home congregation is Crown of Life in Lilongwe.
In her application to the CAMM committee, Violet writes: “Malawi is a country where people are suffering from various types of diseases and since I have traveled in many places I have seen that we don’t have enough medical personnel to assist. I have a passion to help and because of this, strong desires of willing to be a nurse started developing in my mind. I have visited several sites where the Lutheran Mobile Clinic conduct their services and I have been willing to be one of the nurses, working with this clinic if the chance can be there. The fees for schooling are far beyond my parents’ reach.”
Violet completed her entrance exams and has been accepted into the Daeyang School of Nursing.
The Althea Sauer scholarship was established in 1990 by friends of Althea. She and her husband Pastor Theodore Sauer lived among the Zambians and saw the tremendous need for spiritual and medical care. Althea worked as a nurse at the Mwembezhi Lutheran Rural Health Center in the early years of CAMM. The scholarship now assists African members of our sister synod, the Lutheran Church of Central Africa, with their educational expenses while in nursing school or when attending another health professional school. These qualified Christians assist by teaching disease prevention and health practices then to others in their local congregations and their neighbors at home and in the village. We give thanks to the Sauer family for their dedication to continuing Althea and Theodore's commitment to the people in Zambia and Malawi.