Armenia Medical Mission North Team: Day 4

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!

Sarah Smith

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Armenia Medical Mission South Team: Day 2

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!

Corrie and George Phillips

Armenia Medical Mission North Team: Day 3

The Northern team began our Tuesday with a church service which focused on how healing spiritually is equally important as physical healing. This helped remind us that people come to this church for not only medical reasons, but to come pray with us and experience spiritual attention as well.

The doctors and nurses were ready to go, and the rest of us learned what we needed to take vital signs, fill prescriptions, or do tests (as most of us switched jobs today). We saw about 140 people- our largest day of the week- , but luckily managed to keep the process running smoothly. I think we will all sleep well tonight!

Sarah Smith

Armenia Medical Mission North Team: Day 2

We started our day pretty early today to finish setting up the medical center. After driving to the church and eating breakfast, we finished setting up our stations for the day, such as the EKG testing station or the pharmacy station. We then had a church service with both our medical group and with some of today’s patients. Following the service, we headed into our assigned jobs for the day. My friend Christine and I were assigned to the urine station (aka the best station) which ended up being really fun. About 6 hours later (or 120 urine cups later), the day was over and we headed back to the hotel after dinner. Tsedesutyun!

Sarah Smith

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South Team’s First Day of Clinic: Day 3

Today marked the South team’s first day of the clinic. We started the day bright and early at 7:30 am for breakfast at our hotel’s restaurant. We gathered around for worship led by Allison Phillips to sing praises to the Lord and focus ourselves for the day ahead – our word of the day was preparation, and we all were eager to use the tools and skills that God granted us to do great things for the people of Sisian. We read Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” With that in mind, we drove to the church where we had set up our clinic the night before and began seeing patients after the Armenian church service. We treated 93 people for a variety of medical concerns and 102 children with their dental health. With God’s grace and guiding hand we were able to triage, treat, and pray for all the patients throughout the day.

We wrapped up our first day with a delicious dinner at the hotel and are looking forward to tomorrow!

Corrie and George Phillips

South Team Day Two

Today the Armenian Medical Mission Team started off the morning with a run up the Cascades, which offered a beautiful view of Yerevan. Next, we went to Echmiadzin and saw many famous Armenian relics including the spear that pierced Jesus’ side and a petrified piece of wood believed to have been a remnant of Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat. After our visit to Echmiadzin, the team traveled to Khor Virab where we were met with a breathtaking view of Mount Ararat and ventured into the pit that once imprisoned Gregory the Illuminator. After this stop, the group split, with half heading North to Vanadzor and half heading South to Sisian. On the way to Sisian, the South team stopped for lunch next to the Areni-1 cave complex located in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province, home of the first ever leather shoe and oldest winery in the world.

When we arrived in Sisian, we set up our clinic at the local church, unpacking countless boxes of medicine and other supplies. We have a big day ahead of us as we anticipate our first day of service to the people of Sisian, and we thank God for blessing us with this opportunity to help others!

Corrie and George Phillips

North Team Day Two in Yerevan

We started our morning of day two in Yerevan with a mini church service on the bus. We sang together and went over scriptures- it was a really peaceful way to start the morning. Our first stop was Echmiadzin- the first Christian church in history! We then made the trek to what is called “the pit” (Khor Virab)- an old pit in P’Ok’R Vedi (Little Vedi) that was used to torture St. Gregory for being Christian. After experiencing climbing into the pit and then enjoying beautiful views of Mt. Ararat, the Northern and Southern groups then split off into their separate busses.

I’m definitely going to miss my Southern friends throughout the week. The Northern group then made the long journey to Vanadzor, where we set up this week’s medical headquarters. Tsedesutyun (good bye) from the Northern team!

Sarah Smith