Operation Samaria is a short term cross-cultural mission exposure trip held annually every summer that encourages and challenges delegates to take active involvement in missions. PINAADE was the theme of this year’s OS. It is a Dumagat word for ‘pinadala’ or ‘isinugo’ because we believe that as ambassadors of Christ, we have to follow Jesus’ step. The theme verse from John 20:21, ‘Again He (Jesus) said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” revealed that God’s passion is to bring back all the ‘lost’ into fellowship with Him and his desire to use every believers to fulfill that purpose. This year, OS served the community of Brgy. Umiray, Dingalan Aurora Province- specifically the farthest sitio of Dugyan, Singawan, and Pinamaypayan, where most of the Dumagat people reside. Being a mountainous area of Aurora Province, they rarely receive health care services from the government. Since 2011, Sitio Singawan has been a ministry area of MAP. Missionary nurses who live within the community. For four years of our ministry in the area we felt the need for more workers. We saw the extent of work every time we visit the area as we discover more families of Dumagat who have no access to health services.
Fifteen delegates responded to God’s call this year. Almost all of them are studying medicine. They were divided into three groups to be dispersed in three communities – Sitio Singawan, Sitio Dugyan, and Sitio Pinamaypayan (with sub sitios- Apdo, Saplot, Macsa, Sabangan (riverbanks), Malaya, Malamig, and Dayapan). The main activities of the mission exposure were Community Immersion, Medical-Surgical-Dental Mission, Vacation Values Education, Child-to-Child Health Education, Adult Health Class, Youth Fellowship, and Intentional Evangelism.
We conducted Medical-Surgical-Dental Mission in Sitio Dugyan and Sitio Singawan respectively. The following are the number of cases we catered:
- Medical – 223
- Surgical – 27 (circumcision- 15, minor surgery- 12)
- Dental – 121 (more than 300 tooth extractions)
- Spiritual Care includes:
- Spiritual counseling – 223
- Vacation Values Education / CTC Health Education – 56 children
- Bible Studies – 16
- Adult Health Class – 46 men and women
- Men’s Fellowship – 13
Praise God for the doctors who devoted their time and energy and even their resources to serve God’s people. Though there was no Barangay Health Workers in the area, the community people were there to help especially the Sitio police who accompanied us day and night since the first day the OS team arrived up to the day we left the place. Praise God as well for the people He used to share their blessings for the medicines and who donated in kind.
Til’ the next OS!
by: Cris Gardon, RN, RM
MAP Field Nurse