AMAA Armenia Medical Mission’s fifth and final day of clinic was a great success! Total patient count for the week topped 550, and we are over the moon. The team is so thankful for all the help from the Vanadzor and Stepanavan churches. None of these would have been possible without them! More photos will follow tomorrow from the celebration dinner.
The AMAA Armenia Medical Mission’s fourth clinic was the first in Stepanavan. In total, 133 patients were seen throughout the day. Dr. Albert Phillips again encouraged the team and the Church by teaching from James chapter 2. He reminded us that faith without works is dead, and that the work the team is doing is a result of our love for Christ and for the church in Armenia.
Tomorrow, the team will spend its final day in the clinic and anticipate the largest number of patients yet. Stay tuned!
The third and final day of the clinic in Vanadzor was a great success. The team saw another 65 patients, which brought the total patient count in Vanadzor to 276!
The team tore down the clinic, loaded the bus, and made their way to Stepanavan to set up the clinic at the newly constructed AMAA Center. The new construction was amazing to see, and the team is excited to start a full day of clinic on Wednesday! Stay tuned for more photos!
The AMAA’s Armenia Medical Team’s second day of clinic in Vanadzor was a success! The Team began the day with a devotional from John 14:27, and we were reminded of the Peace of Christ and to share it with the patients.
Following devotions and breakfast, the Team spent a full day seeing patients. Over 150 patients came through the clinic, including over 40 in the dental clinic, and there were 4 church services throughout the day.
It was a great success! We are excited for day 3 tomorrow!
The AMAA’s Armenia Medical Mission Team arrived in Vanadzor on Saturday, September 11, and set up its clinic at the Evangelical Church of Armenia in Vanadzor in preparation for their first day of clinic on Sunday. The team attended Church Service Sunday morning and Dr. Al Phillips introduced the Team and shared a message based on Luke 17:11.19. He reminded all of the Team’s goal, which is not only to provide physical healing, but more importantly spiritual healing found only through Jesus Christ. Clinic began in the afternoon and the Team already saw 60 patients. It was surprisingly smooth for the first day and they left for the day feeling encouraged. As the Team this year is smaller than usual, they recruited many from the Church to help with the clinic. They all played a pivotal role in the success and flow of the Clinic, helping with many high-traffic stations which optimized patient flow through the Clinic and crowd control.
After clinic and dinner, many members of the team went out for a walk in Vanadzor. They plucked sunflower seeds straight from the sunflower and enjoyed the beautiful fountain in Haik Square, downtown Vanadzor. After a successful first day the Team looks forward to what Dos is going to offer the next day!
As much as I dreaded it, Saturday finally came- our last day in Armenia.
After meeting with the Southern team for breakfast, we toured the Megerian Carpet Factory. I never would have thought about the work that goes into a single carpet- Each carpet from the Megerian Factory takes around 9 months to compete!
After a couple more stops (one including the best lahmajoon I’ve ever had), we had a little free time when I went to Vernissage market and enjoyed some window shopping. Later we headed over to the banquet where we enjoyed each-others company and reflected over the week we all spent together. (Warning: upcoming cheesy-ness.)
In the weeks prior to this trip, I didn’t think much about what my week in Armenia would be like or what it would entail- I was mostly hoping I wouldn’t have to work the urine station. I had no idea not only how fun the clinic would be, but how much working to help others would, in return, end up helping and changing me.
Though the week is over, the friendships I’ve made and the memories of this week are something that will carry on past just these nine days. I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience this trip, and it is a week I’ll never forget. I hope to return next year, but even if I can’t, this trip will always have a place in my heart and will continue to impact me in the years to come.
Friday- our final day of clinics! Today’s clinic was pretty slow and we had a small group of patients, so it was a stress-free way to wrap up our clinic. After packing up our material at the church, we had our final meal in Stepanavan. We then headed over to Sevanavank- an old monastery on top of a hill overlooking Lake Sevan. Most of us viewed the church and took in the beautiful view or visited the marketplace. One of our team members, Alek, actually went jet skiing in Lake Sevan! We then went to dinner and headed back to Yerevan.
Though I’m bummed the clinic is over, I’m excited for a fun day in Yerevan tomorrow and to meet back up with our friends from the Southern team.
Yesterday, June 19, was the South team’s third and final day of the clinic in Sisian. Allison led worship again and inspired us with the word of the day: presence. She spoke about how we should all admire God’s presence and soak up our surroundings as a way of searching for God in order to see the ways in which he is communicating with us and blessing us. We were blessed to have cared for 120 patients on Wednesday, another milestone that we cherished and gave the Lord thanks for.
After a half day of clinic, we headed further south to Tatev, home of the longest aerial reversible tramway in the world, which we rode to the Tatev monastery. The ride offered many magnificent views.
Then, we headed even further south to Kapan, where we set up our new clinic for the next two days. Today, we began the day with yet another word to motivate us: sustain. Having worked the previous two days, we needed God’s strength to sustain ours and keep us energetic to help the people of Kapan. We also talked about how our mission will not only sustain the patients’ mental health, but also their spiritual health and trust in the Lord.
We were able to treat 124 patients throughout the day. Tomorrow is our final day of clinic before we head back to Yerevan.
Another eventful day for the North team! In this morning’s worship service, the Armenian minister reminded the congregants that while they are receiving physical help from the medical professionals, they are also receiving God. Following the half-day clinic, we all packed up the supplies, loaded them on the bus, and headed over the green mountains to Stepanavan. We set up in a much smaller church, tomorrow’s going to be controlled chaos, but with God’s help, we will be able to do some good work here. Many thanks to all the church workers in Vanadzor – we could not have been able to do it without them!
Today was the South Team’s second day of the clinic in Sisian. We started the day even earlier than before at 6:20 am for a morning run to a beautiful church overlooking the countryside, followed by breakfast at our hotel. Worship leader, Allison Phillips, introduced us to a new word meant to guide us during our work at the clinic: joy. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” We discussed the importance of being not only willing to help others, but to do so with excitement and genuine happiness.
During our church service, Dr. Ruth shared her testimony, recounting how she came to Christ and her upbringing, and how that led her to become a doctor. We were blessed to have cared for 119 patients today and we thank the Lord for giving us, and especially the doctors, the necessary strength and resolve to work long and hard for the people of Sisian.
To celebrate our wonderful tour guide Gayane’s birthday, we had a celebration after dinner with a live band and Armenian dancing. It was a vibrant and enjoyable display of our cultural heritage, and a fun way to cap off an arduous day of work. Thank you!