Category Archives: International health issues and humanitarian efforts

An image of a large body of water

Water- life’s greatest need

John, chapter 4, MEV, Modern English Version 

  Now it was necessary that He (Jesus)  go through Samaria. 
 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being exhausted from His journey, sat down by the well. 
 A woman of Samaria came there to draw water.
Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 
 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”
For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Scripture taken from the Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About the pictures

 I photographed these Zanzibar women drawing water from a well when I travelled there with a medical team to assist CHaRA Mission. CHaRA is
“a USA faith based 501(c)(3) organization focused on the needs of people, especially children, mothers, babies and midwives in rural villages, where resources are limited and hope is deferred.”
CHaRA’s projects include construction, health, and relief.
It’s mission is  to improve the lives of the people of East Africa through
  • good health,
  • safe water,
  • education,
  • care of orphans, and
  • the love of God.”
I felt honored and privileged to use my medical knowledge and skill to assist the founders of CHaRA and the beautiful people they are helping.
group of people sitting under a tree

villagers waiting for the relief outreach  activities  by CHaRA

group of people, some in African garb

our team from Oklahoma with the Tanzanians we worked with

 

 Please share with someone you know who might be interested in volunteering to help CHaRA. Maybe it’s you!

man and woman next to a wooden boat on a beach

My husband and I enjoying the beach on our last day in Zanzibar

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faith, hope, and love

FAITH LOVE HOPE

These three remain, faith, hope and love, and greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13( Lightstock.com image)

 

 

 

 

 

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holding the hands of a patient

Love is- Weekend Words from 1 Corinthians NVI

 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,

Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

El amor es paciente, es bondadoso. El amor no es envidioso ni jactancioso ni orgulloso.

No se comporta con rudeza, no es egoísta, no se enoja fácilmente, no guarda rencor.

El amor no se deleita en la maldad, sino que se regocija con la verdad.

Todo lo disculpa, todo lo cree, todo lo espera, todo lo soporta.

English translation

 

 

 photos from humanitarian aid trips to Latin America

Love is-from The ESV

Love is-from The Message

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we break from exploring medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

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inform, instruct and inspire you to explore the HEART of HEALTH 

And more words about love this month to celebrate Valentine’s Day 

 

 

 

 

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Love is- Weekend Words from 1 Corinthians ,The Message

 

 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, The Message 

“Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.”

 

photos from humanitarian aid trips to Vietnam with Vets with a Mission 

 

Children's Heart Surgery Project

Children needing heart surgery are identified on exam during mission trip clinics.

Learn about VWAM’s Children’s Heart Surgery Program and how you can help provide life saving heart surgery to a Vietnamese child.

 

 

 

A veteran who “dishes out” love 

 

Raymond with Montegard Children

Raymond making friends with children during his first trip back to Vietnam

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we break from exploring medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

Please follow this blog for more Weekend Words and posts that 

inform, instruct and inspire you to explore the HEART of HEALTH 

And more words about love this month to celebrate Valentine’s Day 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend words from 1 Peter

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Weekend words is a regular feature of Watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to consider words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

motherhood; all love begins and ends there. Robert Browning

Sunday May 8 is Mother’s Day in the United States.

 

Robert Browning, poet

“Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period.”

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to consider words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

Disclosure:

This blog gains no financial benefit from this or any charitable organization mentioned here. I recommend you investigate before donating anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to consider words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

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And the good Samaritan is… weekend words from Luke and Dr. Martin Luther King

Samaritan’s Purse doctor treating a victim of the Nepal earthquake

via Images of Disaster From Nepal.

Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan to answer the question,

“Who is my neighbor?”

The term “good Samaritan” means a person who goes out of their way to help someone, especially a stranger, often at  personal sacrifice.

 

Read The Parable of the Good Samaritan here.

(Luke chapter 10)

 

I think the parable also answers the question “Who  gives health care?”  No medical professionals are in the story,  but many health care facilities and charitable organizations use the name.  Health care includes the work done by non- healthcare employed people. They

  • donate food to a local food bank
  • deliver meals to homebound persons
  • coach sports teams
  • donate clothes, blankets and toiletries to a homeless shelter
  • take an animal to visit residents of a nursing home
  • help with clean up after a natural disaster

In a sermon about the good Samaritan,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,

“I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

 

Health care, whether done by professionals or laypersons, asks the same question-

“What will happen if I don’t stop to help?”

Learn more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse and consider what you might do to help support its work.

 

And read more about Dr. King at this link – MLK Day.

 

Disclosure:

This blog gains no financial benefit from this or any charitable organization mentioned here. I recommend you investigate before donating anywhere.