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060205_eastlund2_dtm_06-06-2005_ge3n77k.jpgThis blog is about medical missions.  I have the opportunity to participate in medical mission projects in Ecuador working with my good friend and colleague, Jane Weaver, MD, at her clinic in San Lorenzo, Ecuador.  Jane is a board-certified trauma surgeon who has committed her life and career to the care of the underprivileged in Ecuador.  She has a clinic in the city of San Lorenzo, located in the northwestern corner of the country at the Pacific Ocean and Colombian border.  This city of about 30,000 people is one of the most poverty-stricken population centers in Ecuador.  The people have little or no access to any type of medical care.  Jane’s clinic provides health care for the entire area.  Through this clinic she is able to provide optometry and eye care, general medical and dental care and general surgery care.  The clinic has a very well equipped operating room and Jane is able to perform multiple types of surgery ranging from minor to very complex major surgical procedures.  A large part of her practice involves gynecological problems.  I am a board-certified specialist in OB-GYN and am privileged to be able to assist her in providing gynecologic care and surgery for many of the women she sees for evaluation and treatment.  She will screen the various problems that come through her doors and save these cases for the time a gynecologist can come to work with her.  I am able to travel there a couple times a year to spend at least two weeks working with Jane seeing the patients and performing surgery on those who need it.  Usually, in the week we do the surgery we will operate on about 30 patients.  The gynecologic surgery we can provide is otherwise not available to these women.  The thrill for me, and I am certain for Jane as well, is to be able to use the skills and talent God has given us to make a significant difference in someone’s life who otherwise would never have the opportunity to receive this care and be cleared of the pain or troublesome problem that becomes a part of every day.  When these women come back healed and give me a hug that beats all hugs, that is all the payment I need to give me the satisfaction and fulfillment to keep me yearning to return and work even harder.   You can learn more about Jane at her website: www.LAMBonline.org.

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1. Dr. Richard Salmon - February 6, 2007

Marv – You are an amazing person and typify the meaning of a “good” (great) Doctor. Good Luck on and be safe on your Mission!
Best regards;
Richard Salmon

2. Darcy Clawson - February 7, 2007

Dad~
So proud of you for getting your blog up and running. Who would have thought! 🙂 Glad that I can keep up on your amazing trip. My kids (5th grade SS class that I teach) are looking forward to updates…..and they are praying for you as well. At Christmas, we collected money for Dr. Weaver’s hospital. They will be excited to see how the money is being used. Love you and will be praying for you all day — you made it to my post it notes on my bathroom mirror. 🙂 Darc

3. Shelly Brown - February 7, 2007

Dad, we love you so much and are looking forward to reading your reports and hearing about your trip. I am glad you set up this blog so that we can keep up with what is happening on your trip. We will be praying for you. Shelly

4. Ted & Delinda - February 8, 2007

So glad to visit your blog and be able to keep up on your trip. All of you are in our prayers. Ted & Delinda

5. McDuck - February 8, 2007

Men of God met this morning at 6am to pray for you and the hearts you will touch for the LORD.

This has been done

Proverbs 16:3 ” Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

I Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms”

6. Matt White - February 9, 2007

can’t wait to read all about your adventures. they are always fascinating.
matt

7. Leslie Melcher - February 10, 2007

I’m so excited to get to follow what you both are doing there in health care. Your work helps so many people and sharing your faith creates a path for them. It’s good to do such work.

8. Kim Kaboos - February 11, 2007

dad— The boys and I are praying for your ministry. We are so proud of you. Your character is one that inspires us. Work hard and scratch secretly. Know that we love you!!!!
Kim, Kevin, Ben and Max

9. Bobbie Goltz - February 12, 2007

Marv, we are so proud of the work you are doing and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You are an inspiration to us all!
Bobbie, Kim, Debby and Jacki

10. Nick & Elaine Zolman - February 20, 2007

Marv, it has been such a blessing to read your journals each day. You certainly have a missionary heart. It’s been an encouragement to us to see how you are so willing to use youreducation, time and skills for Gods purposes. I’m sure he was gorified as you helped those people with their phsyical and spiritual needs. I pray that God will continue to bless you richly.

11. Claudia Rosen - September 11, 2008

Dear Marv,
Great to be able to read about you and your mission involvement. Continue to pray that one day I may make a trip with you to my home country. God bless you as you continue to serve Him here and on the mission field. Love, Claudia Rosen


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