Madagascar may have been memorable for us but for the thousands of lives touched by our crew, through the love of Jesus, the impact was far greater!
Women are dry, disfigured faces have been restored, burn contractures have been released, that tooth abscess that had become life threatening has been healed, bowed legs are straight again. Orphans have been blessed, the imprisoned have been ministered too, the blind can see, the elderly danced with joy and truth was spoken.
Thousands of people all across this vast nation, the 4th largest island in the world, have had their lives altered forever. Many have not just had their bodies healed but their hearts as well, acknowledging and receiving their creator for the first time. Many, many times we were thanked by strangers on the street and our new friends alike, for all that Mercy Ships has done in their nation and for their people.
The medical capacity of Madagascar has increased exponentially as thousands of health care providers have been trained in various techniques, many of them lifesaving, such as the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, Essential Surgical Skills, Primary Trauma Care, Safe Obstetric Anesthesia and Newborn Resuscitation, to name a few. Over 2,000 participants have benefited from this training during our time in Madagascar.
For those of you who like visuals, here are a few fun pie charts! Let the numbers speak….