“MISSION2MEMPHIS” FREE HEALTH CLINIC
On June 17-18, 2017, the Word of Life Seventh-day Adventist church partnered with Remote Area Medical (RAM™)—the largest provider of mobile medical clinics in the country delivering free medical, dental, and vision care to underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families. The target areas were the Frayser and Memphis communities in Tennessee. This was Word of Life’s first extension clinic, a part of its “Mission2Memphis” outreach.
Church members joined together for prayer, planning, and promotion. It was evident that God provided, the Holy Ghost presided, and Jesus was pleased. Over 200 Volunteers were involved over the two days. Approximately 50% of the patients received vision assistance with 46.6% and 30.5% receiving dental and medical services respectively. All in all, God helped to lift and love on 383 patients, and provide $114, 403 in services.
Two ladies drove almost 7 hours from Oklahoma arriving on Friday before setup was complete to be the first ones in line. While the numbers tell of the Clinic’s success, the immeasurable impact on the Community told the story. Comments included: “Pastor, all of your members are so kind and helpful. You all have gone above and beyond,” said a RAM™ volunteer; a patient stated, “I got all eleven of my teeth pulled. Now I can afford to get dentures!” Another patient said while leaving the Clinic, “I can SEE!”
The need for more outreach ministries persists as the exit surveys confirmed, and “Mission2Memphis outreach is committed to following up to address the interests of the community.
by Linda Anderson
Dr. Fred Batten, Jr., DMin, pastor Word of Life, Memphis TN
Dr. Christal Hall, DDS and LaShay Brown, NCMA serve the community.
Dr. Mickey Bernstein, DDS (left) and Dr. Isaac Fordjour, DDS (right) in service.
Donita Gwin, Assistant (left) and Dr. Claudette Shephard, OB/GYN (right)
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