medical help smOctober 2014, two qualified doctors, one medical student and the field lead of OM Czech Republic were sent as medical missionaries to Ghana. While there they combined medical help, evangelism, and practical measures to reach people for God. By the time they returned to the Czech Republic over 2000 people received medical care that they otherwise could not have accessed, and 500 people had made the decision to commit their lives to Christ.

Upon reaching Ghana the team headed to Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of South Ghana, where the OM Ghana offices are located. Following joyful greetings were a briefing on tropical diseases, and an exciting journey to North Ghana on the Volta Lake. Despite the lake’s name meaning “The Lake of Return” there was no turning back for our missionaries while their enthusiasm built with each kilometer, and each impoverished village.  The first temporary clinic was set up in Lolotto, where they spent a week, followed by a second week in Yagaba, near the Burkina Faso border.

“Many of the communities and villages that the team visited were Muslim. Each new village brought more excitement, new engagements with new people, and the gaining of trust of the leaders and people of the village,” says Pavel, the leader of the Czech team.  “The team would either use a simple building in the village, or set up under trees. Many people, including whole families, benefited from diagnoses and awareness/prevention campaigns that taught about malaria, diarrhea, and dental care.  The evangelistic activities included film screenings, discussions, and games for the children, all in the local language.”
A story that resonates the fuller impact is that of a young boy who had suffered an injury, which the local shaman exacerbated, resulting in the boy being confined to a wheel chair.  The seat of this wheel chair had broken, and caused sores on his buttocks that he was too embarrassed to discuss with people. Because one of the team had developed a relationship with this young man the sores were revealed and dealt with. The team also purchased a new seat for the wheel chair to prevent this from happening again.

Relationships are not merely unidirectional, however, nor the blessings they bring. Daniel, one of the Czech OM team said, “For me the most important aspect was working as part of a team. If I had gone by myself, I would not have managed to minister as I did.” He further stated, “I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be involved in this outreach as it opened my eyes to not only needs in the Czech Republic, but also globally.” Another team member, Petr, felt a solidifying of his calling to “build up the Czech Church to be strong enough to send out missionaries.”

From these stories, and many others encouraging stories that have come from this medical mission trip, it is clear to see that the lives of all involved were greatly touched and impacted by our God. If you would like to partner with OM Czech Republic and OM Ghana, then there is an opportunity to get involved as we plan to send another team to Ghana in September 2015. The purpose will be extended to also include help with construction program in a local village and childcare support. You can get involved through volunteering, praying, or supporting this effort financially. For more details please contact OM Czech Republic.