Dr. Kim Nalda, a member of Sycamore Hill Church’s (SHC) Hockessin campus in Hockessin, Del., regularly sees patients at her office. She does routine examinations, prescribes medicines, and treats a variety of illnesses.
On Sept. 14, Nalda not only examined patients, but she also hugged them, encouraged them, and prayed with them. Nalda was one of eight medical professionals who participated in a mobile medical clinic at SHC’s Wilmington campus in Wilmington, Delaware.
The clinic utilized the mobile medical unit provided by SEND Relief, the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board. This clinic was one of five events hosted by Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) churches and sponsored by the BCM/D. The medical awareness events were a first for the convention and were also SEND Relief’s first venture to the northeast with the medical unit.
Nalda said she was especially thrilled to pray with patients and talk openly with them about the Gospel. “I was surprised by how vulnerable people were willing to be in a 15-minute visit with people they didn’t know. They were so willing to ask for help,” she said.
While chatting with Darlene Roberts, a Wilmington resident, and her young niece, Megan, Nalda invited the two to the church.
“Can we go? Please?” asked Megan. Roberts nodded and smiled.
After checking out, Megan smiled as she grabbed a goodie bag before the two left.
The SEND Relief mobile unit parked in a lot across from a Salvation Army site, a few blocks from the SHC Wilmington campus. In preparation for the clinic, church members canvassed the area, talking to folks and sharing about the free clinic.
Duane Davis, the pastor of SHC’s Wilmington campus, said, “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but things went well.” Church members set up three tables — one for intake, another for checkout, and one with crayons and coloring paper for kids. Volunteers chatted with patients, shared about the church, and gave out free Bibles.
“We were wowed by the condition of the truck,” Davis said. The interior of the trailer was much larger than it appeared from outside, he said, with two treatment areas, a waiting room, and a restroom, in addition to the driver’s area.
Jason Matthews, an emergency room physician and member of the Hockessin campus, and Tim McLaughlin, a nurse, were in the trailer waiting for the next patient. Matthews related that he too hadn’t been sure what to expect but was impressed. “I hope we’re making a bit of an impact,” he said.
Tammy Vu, a pharmacist and member of the Hockessin campus, helped transfer one patient’s prescriptions to a pharmacy that was within walking distance of her home.
Dietician Cori McLaughlin provided nutritional counseling. She also volunteered to walk through the neighborhood prior to the event and invite neighbors to the clinic. That was valuable, according to Cori. “We met a lot of people and talked with them,” she said.
Neighborhood relationship development was the primary purpose of the clinics. Christian Liberty Church (CLC), in Baltimore capitalized on that opportunity, as they do with all of their community events.
CLC Pastor Wayne Lee said that for a first-time venture, the church had a surprisingly good turnout. “We had our church service outside, food, a few festivities for the kids, and the medical clinic. We’re excited to do it again,” he said.
A doctor from Southern Maryland volunteered to help at the clinic, in addition to a doctor who volunteers with Imagine Me Ministries, a ministry that Lee’s wife Pascha founded and directs.
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Source: Baptist Press