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Helping the Hands that Heal!
There are many ways to get involved in the mission of Global Health Ministries.
We invite you now to explore the possibilities through the options presented below.
Global Health Ministries continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through support of the health care programs of Lutheran Churches in 30 countries of the developing world. Requests for project funding are regularly by these Churches and approved for solicitation and funding by the GHM board of Directors. Click here to download Projects for Funding brochure (pdf). They represent the priority needs of our partners to maintain and strengthen their capacity to provide hope and healing to the poor. We are pleased to present them to you as opportunities to be instruments of God's grace and engage in global health mission with general or specific project gifts.
GHM has an urgent need for more fine sort volunteers in our warehouse. We have a surplus of medical supplies already sorted by category, but need to be further sorted and inventoried.
Volunteer locally at Global Health Ministries. We are growing in mission and there is a place for everyone at GHM!
Yes! You can be there at the beginning of it all! Right at the door to welcome people with items to donate! Right there to be the first to handle a life giving gift that will go somewhere in the world to save a life! Right there with a smile and a thank you and an occasional puzzled look that says, “What’s that thing?”
Our partners often identify practices in health care administration and governance that they would like to learn more about or strengthen. One way in which GHM responds to requests for such assistance is to send qualified teams of volunteers to provide training and consultation services. We regularly assess the need for and then recruit and send people with expertise in every facet of health care services and hospital management for training and consultation missions when asked by partner churches overseas.
The GHM program that manages this service is called Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP). Often, a companion church will benefit less from money than from the knowledge and encouragement imparted by a professional who can assist them to grow in capacity to serve their people and manage their health ministry. In fact, if you work just about anywhere in a hospital or health care program, chances are there is an overseas Lutheran hospital or health care program that could benefit from your training, gifts and experience. For more information, visit the GHAP website at www.ghapartners.org or call us at 763-586-9590.
Below is a report from John Carrico, Systems Director for Supply Chain Operations at Fairview Health Services, on a recent visit to Madagascar.
The purpose of the Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Interest Group is to gather and share information, experiences and resources on CBPHC, and to learn from mutual consultation and analysis, regarding implementation/application of CBPHC in and with GHM’s various partnerships and projects.
The CBPHC Interest Group is open to any interested persons. We’re interested in adding to the membership of this Interest Group (names on list serve for email, and invitation to join teleconference calls). Please forward this to others that you think may be interested. To join the list serve, just go to: http://server.ghm.org/mailman/listinfo/cbphc , pick a password and complete the form. Then you’ll receive news of future calls.
The CBPHC Interest Group also has a facebook group page to reach out to a broader audience and to facilitate communication between teleconference calls. Put “Community Based Primary Health Care – GHM” in the search line of your facebook page and you should see a “request to join” option. Click on it and the request will get accepted.
The CBPHC Interest Group is guided by GHM’s CBPHC Advisory Group, which also makes recommendations to the board and staff of GHM regarding CBPHC matters. The membership of the Advisory Group is listed under the “People” section below, along with the small steering group which plans and schedules teleconference calls.
Dental clinics overseas often receive old, inappropriate, or incomplete equipmet from donors with good intentions. Instead of sending more of the same, GHM is committed to sending reliable and effective dental equipment and supplies to our partners overseas.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America established years ago the Companion Synod Program that pairs synods of the ELCA with Church bodies in other countries. There is tremendous potential for enhancing hope and healing for the people of your companion synod overseas when medical mission becomes a component of these church-to-church relationships. Read on if you would like to learn how Global Health Ministries can collaborate with you in developing this emphasis in global health mission.
Thank you for making 2014 a great year for GHM Shipping! We loaded and shipped 10 containers (20' & 40'), 2 air freight shipments to Liberia, partnered with others to ship 2 x 40' containers of food (Rice/Soy) to Liberia in support of the Ebola Treatment Centers, multiple pallets & trailer-loads to other Christian organizations doing medical missions (TECH), and over 75 suitcases and hand carry items by travelers going overseas. Over $1,688,462 worth of medical supplies and equipment! Praise God!
In 2015, we are hoping to do more! 15 container shipments are planned, and we are already busy filling suitcases and sourcing priority items for our partners. These items are of immeasurable assistance to Lutheran health care programs overseas, often making the difference between continuing or closing. GHM's goal is to raise $253,850 for the shipping program. Please consider a generous donation in support of GHM Shipping. Project 99-S0000 Shipping.
A joyful dinner gathering of Global Health Ministries' supporters at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley was the setting for the kick-off of the Kairos Mission Appeal on May 28th, 2014. The two-year appeal will raise $270,000 to enhance congregational and individual involvement in the healing ministry of Jesus, expand health care management consultations with partner Lutheran Churches to strengthen their sustainability and effectiveness in improving community health.
On the last Saturday in February, a group of volunteers gathered at GHM’s warehouse to load a 40’ container, now bound for beautiful Liberia. It was a labor of love, and so many gathered that the labor was light. The Bloomington, Minnesota conference of ELCA congregations was moved to do something to address the Ebola crisis in Liberia, and joined together to sponsor a shipment of much-needed supplies, and also food donated by Kids Fighting Hunger. Volunteers from Christ the King, Grace, St. Stephen and Transfiguration Lutheran Churches were joined by members from Ebenezer Community Church, the church home for many Liberian immigrants in the Minneapolis area.
Bed pillows are always needed overseas and GHM needs help collecting NEW PILLOWS IN THE ORIGINAL WRAPPINGS. Used pillows cannot be shipped overseas due to the risk of contamination, especially upper respiratory conditions. As always we want to provide the best we can for our partners. Good quality pillows are inexpensive and can be purchased at any department store. This is a great project for VBS or Sunday School. A Bible story or an activity can be built around the pillow theme, and children - or adults - can be encouraged to bring a new pillow. Or it can be a project for any person or group that is looking for a mission project.
Last month, GHM provided a scholarship to a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota to help her participate in a 6-week rotation at Ilula Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania. Jessica’s particular interest is in Fetal and Maternal Health Care, and she was able to do Obstetric and Maternal rounds at Ilula. She learned how to give a prenatal exam at the mobile maternal health clinic, measuring fundal height, checking for anemia and learning the schedule on which anti-malarial and anti-parasitic medications are given. “Nothing in the world is like examining a pregnant mother or a newborn baby,” she said.
In all the news about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, it is clear that the health care systems of the affected countries have been overwhelmed, and there is little likelihood that illness and death on a disastrous scale can be avoided without outside assistance from governments, NGOs and individuals.
GHM is finalizing plans to send a team from Nigeria and Madagascar to spend three weeks at the training institute of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) based in Jamkhed, India. A pioneering program in the area of integrating health and development, CRHP works among the poor in rural India, mobilizing and building the capacity of people and communities to address root causes of illness and poverty, fostering change that leads to sustainable improvement in community health.