Sam's Mobile Medical Mission
the last few days, I witnessed Dr. Sam Cariaga run a one-man
mobile hospital in five different sites. He sets up the
pharmacy, arranges the instruments, organizes the makeshift
"operating room," and in less than 30 minutes,
he is working on his first patient. Without the help of
even a nurse, he can run a mobile mission clinic with precision
and efficiency, treating 20-30 patients a day, all by himself.
Last week, he perfomed 11 surgeries and treated 20 more
in just one day.
For almost two weeks now, I have been traveling with Dr.
Sam, more like an observer than a useful partner (I do not
like to see needles or blood). I watched him carry his own
lugguage and boxes of medicine, and sleep on the floor or
in uncomfortable boat bunks. He puts in long hours, and
has many missions lined up for the rest of the year. After
this Leyte mission, he will go home for a day, then resume
more one-day clinics around the Luzon area, helping churches
evangelize through his gift of healing.
After a morning birthday program at the school this Monday
honoring our Dad, Roman Cariaga, someone approached Sam
about a problem he has had for years. Soon after that, Sam
was operating again. Two American visitors experienced being
under Dr. Sam's knife and needle, partly as a joke and partly
out of need. Frank had been meaning to go to a doctor in
the US for his bursitis, and Scott had been nursing a cyst
in his right foot. By the time the day was over, Scott had
ten stitches, and Frank had his bursitis drained. A dozen
more patients were treated that afternoon.
Sam's mobile medical mission usually works in partnership
with the local churches of Christ. He provides his services,
and the local church takes ownership of the organizational
matters and medicine. If a local church cannot afford the
medical supplies, we help raise the money for them. A full
day's medical mission usually runs about $200 a day. He
conserves his supplies so well that sometimes he still has
enough for the next day.
Realizing Sam's tremendous blessing to the Lord's work in
the Philippines (he has already served in Sri Lanka, Indonesia,
and Pakistan with MARCH for CHRIST), I have volunteered
to become his promoter. He could use some help, including
doctors and nurses who are willing to come and work with
him for a week or two. He needs surgical supplies and equipment
as well as medicine for the upcoming missions. More importantly,
he needs our prayers and encouragement. Please feel free
to contact him at email@example.com You may also view
his website at http://www.philippinechurchesofchrist.org/SAM/main.htm
His proud big brother,