Our Medical team to Niamey, Niger in West Africa arrived back home to the states on Monday, April 3rd. They worked in 3 small villages northeast of the capital city. Here are a few photos of the village children and Dr Bill Daniel administering the meningitis shots. The report is that from the order of 1000 doses of medicine, God gave us “loaves and fishes” and multiplied it to 1088 shots. Thanks so much for the sharps containers….you can see them being used here in the makeshift village clinic. All the supplies you sent were a blessing to this team and to the families in Niger. Because of the generosity of Mission Central and other donors, we were able to provide these services and leave medical supplies for the nurses and clinics of these villages for their continued use. They were thrilled with the blood pressure cuffs and supply of band-aids!
Many thanks to Mission Central for the work you do to care for the people of God and to further the work of his kingdom all around the world.
Witness to faith in Jesus Christ takes many forms and can be found in unexpected places—such as the United Arab Emirates, where Oasis of Grace United Methodist Church is one of the newest congregations in our denominational connection.
The vital and vibrant church meets in a hotel in the officially Muslim country; it is an expression of the devotion of United Methodist migrant workers from the Philippines.
I was honored to worship there and take part in the installation of its first leadership team late during the Lenten season this year. I was in the UAE for the tenth anniversary of the First United Methodist Church in Dubai and to show that Global Ministries is walking with United Methodists and other Christians there. Oasis of Grace, launched last November, has a congregation of approximately 50 people.
First Church Dubai, Oasis of Grace, and a third congregation I had the chance to visit, Sharjah United Methodist Church, were started by Filipino United Methodists who come in large numbers to work in the prosperous, oil-rich kingdoms along the Persian Gulf. They bring the church with them and are allowed—in the UAE—to gather for worship, although Emirati Muslims are not allowed to come to the services or convert to Christianity. Another United Methodist community, which I was unable to visit, has been organized by migrant church members from Zimbabwe.