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A few years ago, when Glean Ministries began to operate in Africa, the idea of a medical mission was hatched as part of our endeavor to reach the people. Initially, the process involved hiring local medical doctors, pharmacists and nurses to treat and care for the sick in the rural areas. We also brought in medical personnel from the United States and Romania.
Through this outreach, doors were opened which led to the birth of churches. Rural medical mission is not always an easy undertaking, however. Vehicles were breaking down, equipment broke and got short-circuited from generator problems, and we realized how high the risk of accidents really was. Out of this came the idea of a mobile clinic, but we did not know at the time how it would come about.
Traveling with the family through Wisconsin on a visit home to the United States, we saw abandoned school buses and dreamed of what we could do with access to such buses. Little did we know someone overheard our vision and a few weeks later a church in Wisconsin delivered a full-sized school bus to us in Cleveland. That was the start of our journey to create the RAPHAEL.
The RAPHAEL is a school bus that we outfitted into a mobile Clinic. The design makes it a multipurpose medical facility that can be rearranged to fit specific medical needs. We plan to continually upgrade as we grow to meet the needs of the rural areas. Currently, the following medical services can be provided on the RAPHAEL:
The Raphael is available as an ecumenical tool to assist the church of Christ in enlarging the work of the kingdom.
Our medical mission seeks to serve all those in need, and does not discriminate on any basis, including gender, race or religious affiliation. Our main focus is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the dying world, hoping that those we serve will hear His voice and be saved.
Our medical mission is available to assist churches in the community. Churches that have a vision for church plants and the desire to minister to the health of their target community can apply to Glean Ministries. After necessary conditions have been met, the Glean medical team will show up to assist.
Apart from the few permanent members of our staff, our medical personnel serve on a voluntary basis, so we are constantly recruiting personnel to serve with us in the following areas: