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    UGANDAN MEDICAL MISSION 2010 3 STORIES, 55 PHOTOS AND THE AUDIO OF A REPORT BY KARLENE AND FR. JOSEPH TO THE PARISH Source for the complete report:
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      UGANDAN MEDICAL MISSION 2010

      3 STORIES, 55 PHOTOS AND THE AUDIO OF A REPORT
      BY KARLENE AND FR. JOSEPH TO THE PARISH

      Source for the complete report: http://www.tampaorthodox.org/
      <http://www.tampaorthodox.org/>

      UGANDAN MEDICAL MISSION 2010



      Fr. Joseph and parishioner Karlene Kunz, a professor of nursing,
      departed for Uganda on June 12. Arriving in Kampala, Uganda the next
      day, they joined seven others in forming a medical team to treat
      residents of northern Uganda. This area had been decimated by war and
      insurrection for the past twenty years. Now relatively secure, former
      residents are beginning to return and their medical needs are
      tremendous. Malaria is a scourge of this area and intestinal worms are
      pandemic. Working out of Gulu first and then moving to Lira, Uganda the
      team treated over 3,500 patients in nine rural clinics. The first day
      saw a new record for one day patient count when over 700 were examined
      and treated. The team pharmacy worked until 8:30 pm filling
      prescriptions by the light of a kerosene lantern.
      Utilizing two doctors, one nurse practitioner, three RNs and two
      laboratory technicians the team brought medical services to many who had
      not had any care since last year's team treated them. These dedicated
      Orthodox medical professionals are a credit to themselves and to the
      Orthodox Church. The love and care with which they served God's children
      was a visible sign of the Gospel message of love of neighbor.
      The spiritual highlight of the trip for the team members was Sunday
      Divine Liturgy celebrated in a mud walled, thatched roofed church. The
      people sang with great joy and enthusiasm. Fr. Joseph delivered the
      sermon through a translator and delighted the congregation by blessing
      them in their own language. (Please see related story below.)
      We brought with us liturgical books and two sets of vestments for the
      priests. Likewise we transported a set of icons and an icon cross for
      St. Basil church in Gulu. We left over 3,000 paper icons as well as a
      set of church banners. Financial contributions were made toward a day
      school as well as for other good works. A particularly moving moment was
      when a father brought us his infant daughter. The child's mother had
      died the day before and, as one of the priests observed, the child's
      life was in danger. Milk is very expensive for the people of northern
      Uganda, the equivalent of about 50 cents US per liter. Through the
      earlier generosity of people back home we were able to give the pastor
      enough money to support the child until she can be fed solid food. (To
      God belongs the glory!)
      Both Karlene and Fr. Joseph felt the experience to be one of the most
      spiritually rewarding of their lives. All money necessary for Fr. Joseph
      and Karlene to participate was raised through direct appeals. No "fund
      raising" activities other than the direct appeals were used. This
      allowed many people to participate in the mission through their
      generosity. While the poor need the rich for their survival, the rich
      need the poor for their salvation. God bless the priests and people of
      northern Uganda.
      TO LISTEN TO A REPORT BY KARLENE AND FR. JOSEPH TO THE PARISH ON THE
      UGANDAN MEDICAL MISSION (CLICK HERE
      <http://www.tampaorthodox.org/files/sermons%2010/UGANDA-REPORT.mp3> ).

      posted:

      Nick Berezniak




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