Steve Scott, Dr. Huynh Ba Tan, Allison Bungardas & Dr. Quang Ngo during their visit to the Women’s Center For Reproductive Health on Monday.
The first rain that I’ve seen, since I’ve been in Danang, finally arrived yesterday evening. It was a nice break from the heat and humidity. This morning the temps were lower because of this new weather front, and after Linda (Avery’s/TX) devotion, the team arrived here at 8:00 a.m. The second day at Hoa Heip Nam Clinic was pretty much uneventful with eighty-five patients, but with little special patient activity for once. Tomorrow that will be a different story, as Pastor Phong came to see me this morning.
VWAM, with two teams this summer, is on pace to give away fifty wheelchairs over to teams!
He is head of the Leper Colony Church, and on Wednesday he will bring sixty lepers to our clinic. Originally, the government granted permission for VWAM to go to the colony and work out of the church. But evidently, the more the government thought about it, the more they didn’t like the idea. Someone said the church shouldn’t get credit for the VWAM team coming, so that permission was rescinded. They had to bring the lepers to Hoa Heip Nam Clinic. When Pastor Phong reminded them that many are disabled and cannot travel, their answer was, “That’s your problem, not ours.”
Our “Special Patient” today. This boy needs twelve months of blood transfusions. The family really can’t afford it, so VWAM will sponsor them. Dad and son look quite happy with the news.
So, VWAM will solve the problem. I told the pastor we’ll send a van over, he can load them up, and that van will bring them over here to the clinic. Then we’ll get our wheelchairs and move them around wherever they need to go. When done, we’ll take them all back by van and do the process all over again for the next group. Khong Sao!
Mamasans waiting for their turn to go to triage, doctor.
While we are, In fact, still waiting for our third heart patient candidate, there is an interesting story behind that.
Tammy Tran is a successful businesswoman and lawyer in Houston, TX. A friend of team member Doug Braendel, he and his wife Cami befriended Tammy and her family when the fled Vietnam after the war. Over the years the Braendel’s continued to assist and remain in touch with Tammy, and a wonderful friendship developed between them.
When Tammy learned of Doug’s upcoming trip to Danang, she became very interested in it, especially the Patient Services & Medicine Fund and its Children’s Heart Surgery Program. Doug’s team had a $7,700 goal to raise funds for medicines, etc. and another $9,300 goal for heart operations ($3,100 each or three operations).
Doug Braendel, earlier this week, with a wheelchair recipient.
Tammy generously sponsored two of those operations, or $6,200 before Doug left on this team. She thought she was done, but the Lord had other plans for her.
She called Doug just before he was to leave the US, and told him that God told her in a dream that she was to sponsor a third heart operation. However, cash flow was a little tight at that time, and she didn’t know what to do! But, as always, if God wants you to do something, He will provide the way. As a famous missionary once said, “God’s work, done in God’s time, will never lack God’s provision.” I think that was Hudson Taylor?
Soon Tammy got hold of Doug to let him know that the Houston Trial Lawyers Association would be sending a $3,000+ check to Vets With A Mission, and even though VWAM was in Vietnam, could we get to that money to use it for a heart operation? The answer was, of course, and arrangements were made. Now we’re looking, waiting, for the third child in need of a life-changing, possibly life-saving heart procedure.
Since she didn’t show up today, we’re looking forward to meeting him or her tomorrow, as well as our friends from the Leper Church!