Mission in Sri Lanka
I didn't expect that I will be back to Sri Lanka for the
2nd time because of it's distance and I already attended
so many missions this year compared to the previous years.
2nd mission was a unique one because we were composed of
3 waves, and I belonged to the 2nd group which is composed
of 5 people with only 2 doctors. The 1st group were responsible
of establishing that there is a free medical clinic in Galle
located in a church building. For the 1st 2 weeks the 1st
group with the leadership of brother Cusi distributed flyers
house to house and treating patients averaging around 50
patients per day.
group with Gigi Caranza our mission coordinator, reached
the hotel from a long journey early in the morning of April
15 and we catched the 1st group still sleeping. We were
surprised when we also woke up our dear friend, a Sri Lankan
Buddhist doctor who joined the mission for the 2nd time.
This doctor is a strong Buddhist believer and have lots
of negative impression from other "Christian groups"
but when he joined the M.A.R.C.H. group, many questions
came to his mind because this group showed him the spirit
of true Christianity and unadulterated compassion to patients.
our stay with the 1st group, we went to the "Home for
the Aged" which is just a few steps from the clinic
that is run by catholic nuns and treat them for a dinner
and a small entertainment with Chito Cusi as our mascot,
the only baldheaded mascot(just a joke bro). Some of these
old people after that went to the clinic every day just
to seek attention and assured them that they are okay. Sometimes
old people needs our touch, treat them that they are still
human beings with sensitive emotions.
the 1st group left, we were a little bit tensed because
Galle is where most of the population are Muslims. The hotel
where we stayed is run by a Muslim and he deals unfairly
God's help the clinic runs smoothly with increasing number
of patients averaging around 100 per day. I started to incorporate
for the 1st time, actual massage to bring instant relief
to patients who complained of muscle and skeletal pains
that is not relieved by medications and it was a little
bit exhausting after each massage. Dr Sison have done a
lot on her field of specialty doing psychiatric and medical
management. We also cooked our own meals in the clinic site
done by Attorney Catalino and Gigi to maintain our Filipino
taste and minimize expenses. Minnie was very good in dealing
with the kids at the clinic where she taught them how to
sing Christian songs, coloring, drawing, and story telling.
She also did home visit and physical therapy on her patients.
With the help of brother Saraht, his relatives, friends
and hired interpreters, we were able to com municate with
patients with not much difficulty. Brother Saraht needs
our encouragement and compassion just like any patient,
to make him realize that God is in control and wants him
to work for God's glory after 20 years of hibernation. God
was so patient when He dealt with Jonah, so we also need
to be that way and pray that God will move his heart .
to our previous belief that we might offend the local people
if we shared about God, many Sri Lankans are receptive.
They just smiled and listened when we mentioned God and
were so amazed of what we were doing. Before we ate our
breakfast at the clinic, we had our daily devotionals singing
songs of praises with no inhibition and reading the word
of God. Some patients were already there waiting and listening.
I believed God is moving their hearts since many responded
to our invitation to attend our Sunday worship services.
We became bold and with no fear, telling them that God loves
them and cares for them. Preaching to them that Christianity
is good and is full of love, sharing and doing no evil things
to others. We also distributed WBS flyers. We even invited
white foreigners to our Sunday worship who came to the clinic
to seek medical attention when they heard that some of their
colleagues got cured when they went to what they called
last day in the clinic ended with 150 patients, the biggest
so far. It was exhausting but with a sense of fulfillment.
We were so happy because we are going back to our family
but also sad leaving behind the brethren who supported us
for the 2 weeks stay in Sri Lanka and carrying the burden
of following up those patients who would like to study the
word of God. We said our prayers, our last goodbye with
hugs and kisses, encouraging them to do God's work and be
obedient to Him.
present the 3rd wave is doing God's work in Matara with
the help of a local preacher. Let us just pray that they
will be safe and God will bless their work.
just want to extend my especial thanks to brother Edwin
Choy and his family for letting us stay with brother Catalino
in their house for a night with a sumptuous cook done by
his wife before flying back to the Philippines the following
day. To Lynda Wee who tirelessly meet and accommodate us
whenever we passed by Singapore. And to all the people/brethren
that I have not mentioned, who supported us endlessly. These
great people are so wonderful, and I'm so touched by their
His name we all serve,