Meet the Needs

The difference being made in healthcare in Honduras is amazing, and much of it is due to the needs seen by those serving in Honduras. Missionaries Larry and Angie Overholt have been instrumental in changing the way Honduras meets the medical needs of its people. Read this exciting article from the Spring 2017 issue of The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Transformations in Nursing & Health magazine. Learn how God is using the Overholts and other missionaries to fulfill a great need.

Creating a school of nursing in Honduras

Two emerita professors and an alumna of the College of Nursing succeed in establishing a new high school of nursing in this Central American nation.

By Jennifer Grabmeier

The idea to revolutionize nursing education in Honduras could be a version of an old adage: Visit a community with high-quality nursing care once a year and its people will benefit for a day; teach high-quality nursing to a community, and their health will improve for lifetimes.

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Photo credit: Overholts

Two emeriti professors from the College of Nursing and an alumna and her fellow Buckeye husband turned that thought into a new nursing school that is the first of its kind in Honduras. It is also an exciting new chapter in the College of Nursing’s ongoing outreach to this Central American country, which started with student study abroad trips in 2000.

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Ann Overholt, FNP, ’00, ’05 MS, proposed that first trip to faculty to meet the public health requirement for her BSN. Overholt and her husband, Larry (’79, ’05 MS in agricultural extension education), had lived in Honduras for 18 years working as missionaries and had returned to Ohio State to further their education.

Professor Emerita Kathleen Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN, ’72, agreed to go with her and another student, and after the Overholts returned to Honduras, Stone continued taking students to the southernmost state of Choluteca, where the Overholts live. Professor Emerita Elizabeth Barker, PhD, joined the program when she came to Ohio State in 2003.

The study abroad trips, which included physicians, nurses, pharmacists and Spanish majors who served as translators focused on residents in remote rural areas. Eventually, however, the organizers realized visiting the area once a year was not enough.

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“Every year for 17 years we’ve had the College of Nursing outreach and it was great, but over the years we realized we weren’t really changing anything,” said Angie Overholt. “Every year we gave out medicines, but we weren’t really impacting long-term change in their health care. We talked about putting our efforts into training the nurses.”

In Honduras, which has 8.1 million people, there are roughly 8,300 nurses—5,600 of whom are in fact nurse’s aides with only a sixth-grade education. “They are the ones who go out and run the clinics and work in the hospital,” said Stone. “They are the go-to people for nursing.” The other 2,700 nurses are educated at the university level and serve as administrators.

MORE: To read the rest of this article, click the link below.

ACT: Thank you for praying for this ministry, and please continue to pray for impact as school continues. May lives be changed for God’s glory!

https://nursing.osu.edu/assets/Transformations_SP17-web.pdf

This week at the Impact Conference

Impact is the name of this year’s field directors’ retreat at World Gospel Mission. Unlike past years, this year’s conference was planned by some of the missionaries themselves. This week, support staff as well as field leaders are attending the morning Impact sessions in order to better strategize and communicate to double WGM’s impact in the world for Christ.

Field director and co-planner of the event Joy Phillips posted, “I was excited to show Adhanom WGM’s Headquarters today on his first visit to the U.S. He’s standing under the South Sudan flag as our hearts hurt for this country and the war that continues inside its borders.” Missions is so much more than just numbers; it’s about people and understanding the hurts of those in need.

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Vice President of Mobilization and Communications John Rinehimer posted “Great kick off of week 2 of Impact 2017! — at Indiana Wesleyan University.”

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Photo credit: John Rinehimer

On the first day of this week’s sessions, we started with worship and have had TED-style talks on  passing the baton, making sure we understand how to join and invite multiple cultures into the mission, and the importance of and how to approach doubling our impact for the sake of Christ’s name around the globe. Throughout the week, we will be having many more morning sessions, and we are excited to see what God is going to do through these trainings and discussions.

ACT: We can’t do it without your help. Will you join us in prayer? May God show us the path to take and how we can work with each other and the nations to better impact the world.

Ramadan Violence Answered with Prayer

Story by Ruth K’Lama on mnnonline.org

International (MNN) — ISIS has called on its followers to wage “all-out war” on the West during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparking fears of new attacks.

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Muslims worldwide observe the month as one of prayer, fasting, and growing closer to Allah.  It commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Mohamed and now serves as one of the five pillars of Islam.

Anthony Rhodes, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs Canada, explains, “For the common Muslim, it is a special time.  But I think for radical Islam or militant Islam, it is a time for them to rally together and really advance the cause of Islam.”

In fact, in the days leading up to the beginning of Ramadan on Friday, May 26th, the terror group has claimed a cluster of brazen, violent attacks: England, Egypt, the Philippines, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and more.  Violence is nothing new during Ramadan, especially corresponding to the rise of ISIS.

However, as more headlines scream alarm over security concerns, condemnation of the carnage, and general coverage of the mayhem, Rhodes urges us not to lose sight of the main thing: the hope of Christ.

A real problem, a real solution

What we’re witnessing is spiritual warfare, and there are ways to deal with it.  “As we think about security issues and we think about the threats that are being launched by radical Islam, our best weapons are in prayer.  It’s so important to remember to pray for our persecutors because that’s what Jesus has called us to do.”  He asks, “What better way to love our enemies than to pray for them — to pray that they would find Christ?”

When believers seek God’s face in confidence, they grow bolder in their prayer.  As more Christians pray, God answers in increasingly amazing ways.  It sounds unbelievable, but things similar to the conversion of Saul to Paul are happening more and more frequently.

“We see that happening today as well — where persecutors of the Church, where former Taliban, former ISIS soldiers are coming to Christ.  Often, it’s through the testimony of those they are persecuting.  But often as well, it’s through direct contact, through dreams and visions, where Jesus will appear to them in their dreams and make Himself real to them.”

To read the rest of the story, visit www.mnnonline.org/news/ramadan-violence-answered-with-prayer.

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Jesus loves and died to save each of the 1.6 billion Muslims in our world. Want to be a part of reaching them? It’s not too late to take the Ramadan Challenge!

Together, let’s watch and pray that Muslims around the world will encounter Jesus!

 

 

Broken and Thrilled

Story and photos by Christine Stanfield, missionary to Uganda.

My heart is broken. My soul is thrilled. My heart rejoices. My soul feels crushed. All of this happens every Tuesday afternoon as I gather with other volunteers and women in this community. While women come I assess blood pressures, answer questions mamas ask about their pregnancy or other health concerns, hand out Mama Kits, greet their young children and I pray. During the meeting we offer praise and worship, we share God’s Word together and we pray.

Looking at their surroundings it could be assumed the women gathering here have nothing. But when I am with these dear ones, my heart is broken and my soul is thrilled. My heart rejoices even as my soul feels crushed. And just when I think I have seen it all, THIS HAPPENED on Tuesday…

As the opening announcements were being given and ladies straggled into the gathering, one very pregnant mama stopped to talk to the leader. In turn, the leader shared with me that one of the mamas who comes regularly gave birth within the last 48 hours. All was well with the mom and babe until about 24 hours later when the mom wasn’t doing so well. She was transferred to a hospital.

The leader reported she had just been told that mom has nothing with her in the hospital. Her husband is in prison. She has no baby clothes. She has no food for herself and no money to use to meet any of their needs. This is not an uncommon scenario for these women. The leader said the mama who told her of this dire situation wanted to know if they could ask the women gathered to contribute to help the mama in the hospital. I agreed with the leader, “Yes! Let’s give these mamas a chance to be blessed through giving.”

The announcement was made. The ladies stood and prayed together for the mama in the hospital and for her tiny newborn. They prayed earnestly, with sincerity, asking God to intervene and meet that mama, one of their own. My heart was broken but my soul was thrilled! I could almost feel the breath of the Holy Spirit.

And then, they put what they had into the offering cup.

They gave, and not just a little. These precious women collected nearly 40,000 Ugandan shillings (just over the equivalent of U.S. $10)! Amazing! My heart rejoiced in their generosity even as my soul felt crushed with the weight of what they would be going without in their own homes in order to help give life to the mama and newborn in the hospital. I could almost hear the angels rejoicing.

On Tuesday afternoons my heart is broken. My soul is thrilled. My heart rejoices. My soul feels crushed. And I can hardly wait until Tuesday comes again.

ACT: Have you considered becoming part of the great stories told on the MissionCentral blog? Get connected to WGM Mobilization today to find out how you can serve in Uganda or other countries around the world.