Tag Archives: medical

Haiti: Four Hundred Blessings and More

Newborn receiving medical care at the CHOG hospital in Haiti.

By Mark Fulton

When the emergency department of the Church of God hospital opened in Haiti in January 2018, the decision was made initially to not have birthing services, as we had too many other things to put into place. How naïve we were! When a mom comes to the ER and is nearly ready to give birth, referring her to another center is out of the question. So, we quickly learned what we needed to procure and arrange to be able to assist with the normal birthing process, as well as finding the personnel to perform surgical birth assistance (Caesarian). Continue reading

Introducing Kaitlin Smith, New Missionary to Uganda

Photo: Kaitlin Smith

Global Strategy is delighted to welcome Kaitlin Smith to the Global Strategy family. In March, Global Strategy approved her appointment as a medical missionary to Uganda, where she will be partnering with the Church of God in Uganda to work as a medical coordinator for the five medical clinics run by the church and staffed by Ugandan nurses and doctors. Kaitlin has, over the course of the past four years, developed a close relationship with Tim and Colleen Stevenson, Global Strategy missionaries who recently celebrated thirty years of ministry in Uganda. Continue reading

Hospital Expansion to Promote Physical, Spiritual Healing in Haiti

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Photo: Mark Fulton offering physical and spiritual hope and healing.

By Carl Stagner

For more than half a century, the Church of God has enjoyed an incredible history in Haiti. From church planting to the establishment of schools, God continues to be on the move in the Caribbean nation, which unfortunately has become associated with natural disasters over the past several years—even the past few weeks. While Haiti continues cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and grieves the loss of more than a thousand of their own, there is good news coming out of the community of St. Ard. The Church of God hospital, which has seen more than 100,000 different patients since it opened its doors in July 2005, is setting its sights on expanding. God has given the ministry, which is currently open five days a week, the exciting vision to become a 24-7 hospital and further promote physical and spiritual healing in Haiti. Continue reading

Disease Wreaks Havoc on Post-Hurricane Haiti; Plea for Help

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By Carl Stagner

With peak wind gusts of nearly 160 miles per hour and up to forty inches of rainfall, Hurricane Matthew left behind a serious problem beyond the devastation to homes, businesses, and crops. If an estimated one thousand casualties in Haiti wasn’t bad enough, a breakout of cholera and dysentery is likely over the next few months. Underfunded government-run hospitals and limited access to 21st-century medicine amounts to a potential health crisis. Thankfully, Mark and Kathy Fulton, Global Strategy missionaries to Haiti, bring with them decades of experience in medical missions. But they’ve already had to deplete their emergency resources in response to the surge of needs since Hurricane Matthew struck. They need your help. Continue reading

Tennessee Congregation Says, ‘Wow, God!’

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Photo: Grace Place’s medical clinic in Honduras last year.

By Carl Stagner

Grace Place, a Church of God congregation in Hermitage, Tennessee, has long been known for its heart for missions and community outreach. Last year was the first of what is to become an annual medical missions trip to Honduras. This year’s trip is scheduled to begin October 1. All the travel arrangements have been made and, except for packing suitcases and finalizing last-minute details, the team is ready to go. As part of the medical missions trip, the team brings along a prescriber—a professional medical staff person qualified to prescribe medicine to the people the team serves in Honduras. Unfortunately, due to a family pregnancy and recent auto accident, both their prescriber and back-up prescriber had to back out. Grace Place had a real problem on their hands. Continue reading

Ghana Kids Can See and Chew!

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Photo: Child in Ghana receives dental care thanks to Chilren of Promise.

By Paul Maxfield

I love interviewing the sponsored children around the world. I learn so much about their lives, and it gives me an opportunity to really see firsthand how they are doing. When I visited the children in Ghana, West Africa, this past February, a number of cases were observed that really required additional medical help beyond what the regular sponsorship funds can provide. There were dental health issues that needed special care, as well as a number of children who had developed eyesight issues. Continue reading

CHOG Hospital in Haiti: A Miracle-Working Witness

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By Carl Stagner

Five years ago, life forever changed for more than a million Haitians. In January 2010, a catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake claimed lives, property and, in many cases, hope itself. The Church of God was one of many faith groups and organizations to step in and offer hope and healing. The hospital in Saintard, completed in 2005, offered countless earthquake victims not only physical treatment, but also the Balm of Gilead. Under the leadership of Church of God missionaries Mark and Kathy Fulton, the hospital continues to serve the people of Haiti, many of whom are still displaced, five years post-quake. Continue reading

From Children of Poverty to Children of Promise

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Photo: Agnes Manahe (right) performing medical work.

By Carl Stagner

Poverty couldn’t stop her. Polio couldn’t hold her back. Preconceived notions of what women can and cannot do in society failed to suppress her spirit. Promise—on the other hand—promise of God’s love and hope for a bright future kept her going. Like all who fall under the watchful care and commitment of the Church of God child sponsorship ministry, Agnes Manahe found herself staring opportunity in the face. Fourteen years after becoming one of eight hundred children of promise in Uganda, this walking testimony is changing the world, one medical checkup at a time. Continue reading