218 PATIENTS GOT BLESSED WITH ACMI’S MEDICAL MISSION
It was long in preparation. And considering that the medical mission would be held at the compound of Caraga State University (CSU) in Ampayon, Butuan City, it would then be easy to conclude that it would be the easiest of them all to stage.
But it was not that easy.
The night before and until dawn of the appointed day, which was the 19th day of September 2015, the rain poured and pounded profusely at Butuan City. Pastor Santiago “Ago” Evasco, President of the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc., felt that the torrential rain might hamper the slated medical mission. And for this, he and the rest of those who came over from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities prayed that God would intervene and interrupt the rain.
When the early morn wakened up from the horizon, everybody breathed a sigh of relief. Indeed, while the day was not that sunny, neither did it rain during the medical mission’s duration. In fact, the overcast weather condition did help to temper the situation . . . until those who expected the medical mission to roll out came in trickles to the CSE Students Center at CSU.
The collective effort of Drs. ZenyTauli of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City, Glen Manarpaac of the Iligan City Health Office in Iligan City, Emily Grace Banal of the Municipal Health Office in Opol, Misamis Oriental, and Megs Dauz of Children’s Clinic in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte was of great help that the medical mission itself breezed through without a hitch.
They were of course supported by four registered nurses, including those who manned the registration tables and the pharmacy, plus a host of brethren who facilitated some errands like ushering and giving of snacks and meals both for the patients and the medical mission team.
Prior to giving the needed medical attention, the patients were ushered first to a room where they heard about the gospel. And what’s the result? Just like what John the Beloved would have us believe in John 1:12, some however believed in Christ and received him, and so he gave them the right to become children of God.
After having been attended spiritually, the doctors attended to the patients’ physical ailments. On top of that, each of them was afforded with free medicines, plus snacks or meals as appropriated. And based on the statistics gathered, the medical mission was able to cater to 218 patients – 76 of them were children and 142 of them are adults.
At the conclusion of the medical mission, Pastor Evasco gathered the team and thanked each one for a job well done. He believed that “all things work together for good” because the rain during the dawn that might have hampered the medical mission was actually God’s way of tempering the humidity the whole day through. Furthermore, he cited the benefactors, supporters and facilitators that made the medical mission possible and these are the ACMI, Arise Foundation, Christian Aid Mission, God’s Shoestrings International, Beth El church and the CSU brethren.
In recollection, he mentioned that under the said strings of collaborators, the first grand medical mission was slated at Tominobo, Iligan City with 210 patients catered to. The second was in Katingawan, Midsayap, Cotabato with 224 patients. The third was in Kili-Kili, Wao, Lanaodel Sur with 310 patients. And the latest of which was the CSU affair with 218 patients in attendance. (By: Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.)