By the grace of God, we have been able to keep the clinic in operation the past 1 1/2 years! It has been challenging and stretching. It has been a true learning experience on many different levels! It’s been hard and fun, frustrating and exhilarating, discouraging and fulfilling! We have experienced highs and lows but overall we can truly say, it has been a blessing!!
However, this month both of our medical doctors are leaving. Elisabeth and her family are returning to her home country of Norway for an extended stay. Esther has completed her 2 year commitment and plans to pursue furthering her education and studying a specialty, possibly in Ophthalmology. Sadly, we came to the conclusion that we will have to close the clinic this month because we do not have any missionary doctors available to us nor do we have the funds available to hire.
Our initial plan is to close the clinic on a temporary basis, until the Fall of 2018, at which time we will re-evaluate whether we are able to re-open or not.
In the meantime we plan to shift our focus to hosting medical outreaches throughout the year. In spite of the disappointment over closing, we are hopeful about this new direction! We hope that this will actually give us the opportunity to have a bigger impact on the community by offering more specialized attention! We also believe that this approach will also be more self-sustainable for us to manage with our limited resources.
We would love to have General Doctors, Pediatricians, Geriatricians, Internists, Gynecologists, Physical Therapists, Nurses, etc… join us for 5-12 day outreaches. We have the infrastructure needed and one of our specialties has always been hosting teams, so we believe this will be a good fit to put our strengths and resources to work!
If you or someone you know might be interested in organizing a medical mission’s outreach for 2018 please contact us for more information!
We can adapt the outreach to fit the size and the skills of each team so even if you are just one person interested in serving short term, contact us and we can explore the possibilities!