I was sitting in bed looking through photos and videos on my phone of all the things I did on outreach and it just makes me so happy! I'm so thankful for the 2 months that I got to spend in PNG!! I'm so sorry it took me so long to write about outreach but so many things have happened! Not even 24 hours after graduating from DTS I was on a plane to LAX to start with an awesome group called Circuit Riders!
Well, I don't even know where to start! So I'll just start from the beginning...
We left Kona and headed over to Papua New Guinea on July 29th and it took us 20 hours of flights, and 40 hours of airport sleeping and struggles to finally arrive! We arrived and were picked up by our beloved ship manager John Mark, and our contact, Papa Lewis, and taken straight to the ship. The very next day, we hadn't even been in PNG for 24 hours, we were told we were taking over a full church service at Gospel Lighthouse! It was such a great start to outreach! Most everyone shared and then we had an alter call at the end, which was super crazy, and awesome to see God move! It gave us all such a boost and preparedness for everything to come in the next few months!
We were on the ship for about a week before we actually sailed out to our first island of Long Island, and during that week we helped clean the ship as well as evangelize in the city of Madang. We later sailed out to Long Island, which was an 8 hour sail. 6 hours were smooth and the last 2 had me sitting right next to a bucket hoping I would stop at some point. It was definitely not the best way to end your first sailing experience! In Long Island I helped out with Dentistry and Optometry. I filled out the paperwork for the dentist and then watched him pull tooth after tooth out from the locals on the island. A few days later I switched over to Optometry and I helped test people's eyes! I was the one pointing at the black letters as they got smaller and smaller! It was such a blast!
We were in Long Island for 8 clinic days and we got to see amazing results! We had 227 optometry patients and we gave out 137 glasses; there was 40 dental patients with 60 tooth extraction, and 250 babies that got immunizations! There was a total of 730 Primary Health Care patients from everything like a cold to a shark bite. 31 eye surgeries were given, transforming the lives of many many people that had cataracts in their eyes and had been blind for at least 10 years. Overall, we got to help 1,277 people living in Long Island, that haven't seen a medical ship in as long as they can remember.
We made our way back to Madang and had an amazing week of street ministry and preparation for the next trip! We started our sail to Manam and it was one of the smoothest sails during our 2 months there. We had the wind at our backs and we were going at record speeds. What was supposed to be a 15 hour sail turned into a 10 hour sail.
In Manam we had the biggest medical outreach, for the Pacific Link, that year! We got to help about 3,706 people! 1,655 of them were Primary Health Care patients! Which is was the biggest number of PHC patients that we had seen up to that point! There were 93 dental patients that got 39 extractions and 10 restorations! We gave out 515 immunizations, and 414 reading glasses. We would test their eyesight by giving them a bible to read and we would test the different lenses until we found one that made the letters on the page clear.
On the more spiritual side of the things we got to see about 500 salvations on both islands! We saw God move mightily in healing of knee pain, and back pain. Blind eyes were opened and deaf ears could hear again! We were able to baptize 3 people that were wrecked with how Jesus had moved in their life while we were there!
It was such an amazing opportunity to be a part of this team and I want to thank everyone for your prayers and for all the financial support to help me get to PNG!