We want to keep you up to date on what we are accomplishing so you can be informed and involved.
First and most exciting is that Eduardo and Marta (see previous updates) have been accepted by the Evangelical Free Church of Canada Mission (EFCCM) as career missionaries.
The plan is that Eduardo will be serving at Shalom Clinic under MEMO’s auspices as the Clinic’s director’s (Teri Benner) assistant in helping with the huge job of getting the clinic up and running by the end of June.
He will then return home to raise the $5000 support needed for the family to function in El Salvador (Marta as director of nurses at the clinic) $5000 seemed like rather a lot/month until I looked at the figures. $2000 a month salary,medical insurance for the family,CPP contributions, car expenses schooling (it is not free in El Salvador) for their 2 kids etc etc and it adds up to $5000/month.
That is what it will cost us to provide the administrator for the clinic and the director of nurses. (Not a bad deal for $2500/position). They need 100 people to pledge $50/month on a regular basis. You can be part of this blessing. Phone (604) 513-2183 and tell the pleasant women you want to support Eduardo and Marta!
Other busyness: Ruthann Robinson a laboratory consultant(among many other skills) will leave for the Shalom clinic end of April with suitcases full of all the equipment to set up the clinical laboratory. Cost about $5000, a fraction of the real cost because we get it from World Wide Lab, a mission organization in the States. Thank you WWL.
Erwin Stuka our X-ray consultant will be going to Lansing Michigan to remove the X-ray machine we bought and UHaul it back to Thunder Bay. Here the digital component we just bought in Ottawa will be added so we will be sending a digital X-ray machine to Shalom. Total cost will be about $20,000 compared to $10,000 for a film machine. But X-ray film costs about $1.50/picture so in a year or two we will have recovered the cost by not having to buy film and chemicals. Thunder Bay Regional Hospital donated 4 old digital monitors and the processor for the “PAC” system. New worth tens of thousands of dollars! Erwin will be going to Shalomto reinstall the machine in the clinic after it arrives there.
The ambulance is having lights and sirens reinstalled and signage done by Signs Now for free. Thank you City of Thunder Bay, EMS, and Signs Now. Steve Weibe a paramedic and training officer with Ornge Air Ambulance will be stocking it with supplies from our stores in preparation for shipping. But most exciting is that he has agreed to go to El Salvador this fall with a paramedic student as assistant, to train the newly hired lay ambulance crew in what they need to know to get started. Then follow it up with Skype sessions from Thunder Bay to solve practical issues and move their knowledge base forward. The ultimate aim is to provide a life saving ambulance service in this area where gun shot wound is the commonest cause of death.
We are also involved with providing the clinic with a backup generator to provide electricity during outages so surgery and a lot of other things can carry on safely. We have made an offer on a backup generator here in Thunder Bay and are waiting to hear back from the owner. The deal involves us having to remove this ten ton beast from inside a building and then rebuild the block wall where it came out. It also involves the need for licensed industrial electrical skills.
Finally, on Saturday April 19th at 9 a.m. at our Psychiatric Hospital Warehouse site we will be shipping our first container for 2014. It will be for the Saldana Hospital which is the hospital Shalom Clinic refers patients to, and will be involved in training it’s student nurses and doctors. We will be busy over the next few weeks getting wheelchairs, medical equipment and supplies ready to ship.
So you can see MEMO is busy, but it is exciting and ever so worthwhile. This has been a long email but as a supporter we believe you need to know enough details that you can be assured your donations of time and money are being used efficiently and effectively. And for our prayer supporters this will keep you busy as well! MEMO would not exist without you all doing God’s will. Thank you.