By Linda Schoene
As the sun rises over the Emmanuel Health Center in Gallo a baby is born. She is welcomed into a part of the world that has one of the highest incidences of maternal/infant death in the world. The Emmanuel Health Center of the Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic (EEL-RCA) is working to change those statistics. Since its doors opened in May, 2010, the number of patients seeking health care keeps growing and Emmanuel‘s sustainability depends on the partnership of over twenty supporters from the US, Europe and CAR.
On Sunday, May 19th, 4-6 pm, Rev. Tim Iverson, Director of Global Health Ministries will present the inspiring story of Emmanuel Health Center during a wine & cheese reception at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston. We invite, in particular, medical professionals and others interested in health care in our companion synod to attend this event.
Global Health Ministries facilitates the intentional collaboration that makes the work of Emmanuel more sustainable. Among its American partners are the Companion Synods of the ELCA in CAR: Eastern and Western North Dakota Synods and the Texas-Louisiana Synod Gulf Coast Synod. Global Health Ministries works with these supporters to solicit donations of money and medical supplies, and to promote the sharing of medical expertise through training programs and volunteer service at the Center.