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On Call–bush style

Earlier this month, we enjoyed a week-long visit from a medical team from the U.S. and Mercy Air South Africa. It was a fairly well-rounded experience as they got some time to see sick people at rural health posts as well as attend to sick-calls in village huts (after a fairly long bush walk in the dust). And there were several good opportunities for teaching and learning for all involved too.     Part of the team’s focus was teaching and equipping those on the ground here. This included techniques … Read More

When Women Can Read

Where women can read, infant and under-5 mortality rates are lower. There is also better nutrition and hygiene in the home, education of the children, and increased health awareness. It has been said that the education of women is one of the key determiners of the health and survival of families. Entire communities fare better when women can read. In rural Mozambique, where our mission is located, approximately 70% of women cannot read, and the infant and under-5 mortality rate hovers around 10-20% (conservative estimate). This is why our women’s … Read More

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Grapefruit, and Love, for Orphans

When I landed on Mozambique soil for the month of August, I was excited to see how God would use me. As a nursing student I figured many of those ways would be in the area of my studies. But as the days went on… I realized God was using me in more ways than just nursing. Yesterday I had the privilege of travelling into the bush with other missionaries to seek out the homes of orphans. We brought them grapefruits, notebooks, pencils and pens. As you pull a single … Read More

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Saturdays are GREAT for Learning

Weekdays of course are typically the times when students do the bulk of their learning. But those sponsored by the mission benefit from an added advantage–private tutoring on Saturdays. That may not sound like a very fun weekend activity to many kids out there, but most of these kids lap it up. The opportunity to receive focused help with school work is an opportunity that very few others have in these parts. It also gives them a good “excuse” to get together and enjoy each other’s company. They don’t meet in a … Read More

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Brazil Video Update

For those unable to attend SAM Ministries’ annual banquet last month, this is a video update of exciting developments underway in Brazil. Enjoy!