Three doctors and a nurse under the leadership of the OM Czech Republic Field Leader Pavel Zoul worked with local Christians and the local OM team. During their time in the capital city, the team ministered in the slums, cared for the homeless, helped people infected with HIV and met with members of local churches.
They then spent two strenuous weeks hiking between remote villages in the mountains, where they treated minor injuries, performed medical examinations, educated villagers on basic dental care and distributed Christian literature. When presenting Jesus to the villagers, the OM team emphasised that Jesus is the only way to God, contrary to the local understanding that Jesus is just another deity amongst many.
In one village, where previously there had only been one Christian, 12 people decided to follow Christ as a result of the team's visit.
In one village, where previously there had only been one Christian, 12 people decided to follow Christ as a result of the team's visit. A new church formed, and a local pastor will follow up to disciple this group of new believers.
The trekkers relied on prayer to help those whose conditions they could not treat with their medication. For example, in one village there was a young mother diagnosed with acute insanity. After much prayer for healing, her condition improved. She allowed the local pastor to burn her “magic talisman”. Later, the team received news that she was functioning normally.
“When meeting local Christians, we felt a mutual encouragement in faith,” reported Czech participants. The team donated record players to listen to Christian teaching. Thanks to the generosity of the Czech group, it was also possible to buy sport equipment for a children’s home.
OM Czech Republic plans to organise another trekking team in 2012 for both Czechs and Slovaks. Not only health professionals, but anyone willing to share the message of God among these people is invited.
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