Tuesday-Thursday. January 21-23. 2014.

AKKAM! ("hello" in Oromo...language they speak in Langano!)

We spent the past few days in Langano, which is a rural area four hours south of Addis. SIM is actively

involved there in a variety of ministries, but we spent our time working in their clinic. We drove down and arrived Tuesday afternoon and decided to explore the area and walk down to the beach. Little did we know, the path to the beach was completely overgrown and we ended up trekking through the mud to get there! We were a disaster by the time we made it back to the beach house where we were staying, but the laughs and experience were well worth it. We even saw a couple hippo tracks :)

On Wednesday we had an early start at the clinic that included a time of prayer and teaching. We divided our time the rest of the morning and afternoon between the med dispensing room and prenatal check-ups. We were taught how to do the check-ups, which included measuring the distance between the symphysis pubis and the fundus (to determine how far along the pregnancy is), determining the fetal position, and listening for the fetal heartbeat. It wasn’t long before we were doing them by ourselves and charting the results!   

Thursday was vaccination day, which we were super excited about, until we realized the patients were ALL babies from 1-10 months old getting their measles, polio, DTP, PCV, and BCG immunizations. However, after 30+ babies we were feeling like pros! They were so happy when they walked into the room and smiled at us…until we gave the shots. With five babies in the room at a time you wouldn’t believe the screaming.

We had many unique opportunities in Langano. The staff (a mixture of Habesha and Farenje) were so wonderful in allowing us to participate in the provision of care and observe many interesting cases. We saw patients with cutaneous anthrax, assisted in a minor surgery, watched an adult circumcision (we thought it would we a baby when we agreed to watch…whoops), gave shots in the bum, and much more!

Langano is a beautiful place with a beach and lake nearby with mountains in the background.  God is also working greatly through the staff at the clinic and compound.  This experience made us realize the importance of showing Christ’s love through actions.  With the majority of the population around Langano being Muslim, it was an opportunity to be witnesses of the Gospel.  Thursday, we vaccinated many Muslim women’s babies and then saw many of these women still walking home once we left Langano that afternoon.  We were able to give some of them a ride to shorten up their trips home.  At one point, we had 12 people in two rows of the Land Cruiser…it was quite a funny moment and we all shared some laughs, especially when they couldn’t figure out how to open the doors to get out! :)  Small things like this make us grateful that we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with our actions, and hope that these women may have wondered the reason behind our actions.  Another part of us craves the opportunity to share the Gospel not only with actions, but words.  This is where we get stuck many times, especially here in Ethiopia where they speak a different language, but also in the States.  We like to be nice and do kind things for others, hoping they will “see Jesus in us”.  But, actions are not enough.  We are called to share Truth with actions AND words. Verse about sharing gospel with words.

We challenge you to share the Gospel or your faith story with someone this week.  Grab a cup of coffee, talk over the phone, or share with a co-worker the reason for your faith. God calls us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20)…the Great Commission is not optional.  We can start making disciples simply by sharing the Gospel or our faith stories both with new or old friends.  It’s not through our power that the Kingdom of God will grow, but through the Holy Spirit. 

Pray that God will continue to use SIM to reach the Muslims in Ethiopia

Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill YOU with HIS power to share the Gospel

Ask yourself, “How can I make disciples of all nations?” Write your ideas down, pray for discernment, and do it.

Our flight heads out at 2am Monday morning (Ethiopia time)... our time here has flown by! We would appreciate your prayers for safe travels home as well :)  Thanks for all your support!

The SIM Langano clinic
We're so official in our white coats ;)
Giving the oral polio vaccine!
Try vaccinating a patient with this cute of a face!
The 2nd row of the land cruiser...I spy 5 adults plus 3 little babies :)
Just another cattle crossing...nothing out of the ordinary :)
Friday: Watched Matthew Vander Wal (in the lead) race at Bingham Academy's field day!
Chillin' at Field Day with some Cokes :)

Ruth Dykgraaf
01/24/2014 5:08pm

I'm sure this experience will be with you for a lifetime. WOW! I'm sure you are overwhelmed with it all. I'm sure God is pleased with you girls carrying out His mission in a far-away land. Now it's time to say good-bye to all the friends you've made and people you've nursed back to health. God Bless you for all you've done.
I'm praying you'll have a "good" and "safe" trip home. Anxious to hear first hand about your experience. Be prepared for a drastic change of temperature. :) It' definitely Winter here. See you soon! Sending my love and prayers.

Jenna Jongekrijg
01/24/2014 10:22pm

Looks like you are having some crazy experiences! That's a lot of crying babies!! Can't wait to start seeing you every day meg! Love you both and praying for you!

Hayoung Jeong
01/25/2014 12:36pm

AHHH Megan you are having such a blast there!! I am glad that you are learning so much and experiencing Christ's love through actions..! LOVE DOES! Can't wait to hear more stories when you come back..! Rock on my dear friend:) love you

Jim VanderWal
01/28/2014 6:10am

Hi Coryn and Megan!
Nice blog, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for being such awesome guests! In God's economy, nothing is wasted, so I am confident he will use your experiences here to continue to shape your lives for his glory. Blessings, Jim


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    Coryn Mulder & 
    Megan Jongekrijg


    We are both Nursing/Public Health students at Calvin College. We are passionate about serving the least of these and being the hands and feet of Jesus. We believe God calls us to bring His love and Good News wherever we are–from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    We will be updating our blog whenever we are able. 
    Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated! 

    Luke 4:18-19


    December 2013