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

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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

Safe Return

The LA group of travelers of AMAA’s Medical Mission Team have arrived safely on July 1 in California. Thank you again to everybody for your love and support throughout this amazing journey of the Team – all for the well-being of our brothers and sisters in the Homeland and FOR HIS GLORY.

Clinic Day 5: Thankful For a Successful Final Day

On this final day of clinic, we gave it our all. Every last ounce of energy that we had went into serving our remaining patients. By the end of our half-day of clinic, one team (doctor, scribe & translator) had seen a grand total of 26 patients.
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After all the patients had been triaged and treated, the church needed some help cleaning up. With everybody chipping in, we were able to leave the church the way it was when we came. That’s when we walked over to the pastor’s home, where the church ladies had prepared a lovely meal for us yet again.
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Thank you all for praying with us and for us throughout this week of service. Please continue to pray for a safety and strength as we prepare for our return home this weekend. –Lara Tovmassian Ingalls

 

Clinic Day 4: The Strength That’s Found in Everlasting Hope

For most of this trip, I have either been taking pictures, recording audio, helping with crowd control or filling in the gaps where needed. As one of the non-medical volunteers on this trip, the idea of working triage, vitals, or EKG was a little intimidating to me—and probably for good reason.

But today, I took a small step outside of my comfort zone and into a slightly medical role when I agreed to scribe for one of the doctors. Scribing for the doctors includes finding patient files, writing down their prescriptions and praying with them. There’s a binder full of stickers with medicine names on them, and my job was to find the correct one and place it on the prescription label.

This may not sound like much, but for a girl who somehow managed to weasel her way through high school and college without taking a single chemistry class, it felt like a huge responsibility. After a few patients though, I found the rhythm of my new role.

As much as I love stickers, interacting with the patients was by far the most interesting and rewarding part of the day. It was both amazing and heartbreaking to hear their stories of unfathomable endurance. One woman had been suffering from a hernia and gallstones for t h r e e  y e a r s because she was unable to afford surgery. Other patients explained symptoms of heart failure as though they were minor inconveniences. I truly wish that their suffering was far from reality. At the same time, I couldn’t help but admire their strength.
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For some of them, that strength is found out of necessity. The desire to provide for their families. Or maybe just pure Armenian stubbornness. But seeing the hope in their eyes when the translator said aghotenk told me that so many of them find their strength in the Lord. In His promises to walk with them through times of suffering.

As we prepare for our final day of clinic in Stepanavan, we remember that God is present in the details of every patient’s life. That He will continue to watch over them and sow seeds of hope in their hearts long after we’re gone. If our team plays even the smallest role in helping one person find that hope, every moment of hard work will have been worth it. –Lara Tovmassian Ingalls

 

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