Lorraine & John

Short-term medical mission with Global Aid Network (GAiN) –triage cropped
a place for medical and non-medical people alike!

Digging our vehicles out of mud, volunteering in a medical clinic in a sports arena with no roof, working and praying with people who had lost everything in a super-typhoon – these were the last things on our minds when we thought about retiring. But God had different ideas and He used Second Wind Network to focus our vision on a new ministry and the boundless opportunities available to continue serving Him.

I was a nurse and John was a church pastor for nearly 30 years, so with our backgrounds in mind we searched for opportunities where God might use us. He led us to Global Aid Network (GAiN), an agent of Campus Crusade, and their short-term (two-weeks) medical missions in South East Asia.

Our first adventure was to the Philippines, where we were based in Lezazpi and travelled to conduct health clinics in the poorer remote villages where the people could not afford regular medical treatment. The team consisted of Australian doctors and nurses assisted by Philippine nationals in the areas of translation, prayer and counselling. Our second trip in March this year was to the devastated city of Tacloban, where thousands of people had been killed and many more left injured, homeless and devastated. People in our home church in Brisbane sent money to help pay for life-saving surgery and other medical treatment for many of the displaced citizens.

The third mission just recently in September saw us in Nawada in Bihar state, India. With each mission, we were based in one village or town and travelled out each day to the remoter areas. Travel by 4-wheel drive to some of the villages in India was essential, while in the Philippines, we packed everyone into a “jeepnie” along with our medical equipment and supplies. At each clinic, the villagers were offered medical treatment, followed by offers of prayer and counselling, and given free pharmaceuticals. For many children in the far remote villages, it was the first time they had ever seen a white person, and we were quite the alien curiosity.

waitingThe non-medical team members also entertained the children in each of the villages with songs, Bible stories, pictures of Australian wildlife, games and magic tricks. In Tacloban we also took new schoolbags and books, baby food, large buckets filled with everything a new mother would need for a brand new baby. There were boxes of hospital supplies, clothing, rubber thongs (sandals) and toys – all distributed where they were most needed. We would collapse into our beds each night, tired but thrilled at way God had guided us and sustained us each day, and protected us from major illnesses such as malaria and rabies.

It is a privilege (and a thrill) to know that God is using us in ways we never thought possible, as we seek to serve Him as long as we are physically able.