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Medical Supply Initiative in Memory of Dr. Jason
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: We write to officially inform you with sad and heavy hearts on the sudden passing of Dr. Jason Mtokoma of a lung ailment at the young age of 42. As you may be aware, the Western Iowa Synod worked diligently over a number of years to support Jason through medical school with the understanding of his return service to the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, at its Ilembula Lutheran Hospital, where a most dire need for medical professionals exists. Decades of hoped for medical service are dashed in the place where life in general can be very fragile. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. His patients are grieving as well. Let us please hold them all in prayer.
As you may also be aware, the Western Iowa Synod is having a drive for medical equipment and supplies that will be brought to our synod assembly in June and offered to Global Health Ministries in Minnesota. GHM collects warehouses of such items for redistribution to Lutheran medical facilities in the global south. It is the intention of the WIS to then collaborate with GHM to add medical supply and equipment to the Ilembula Lutheran Hospital in the year ahead.
Won't you please join us in honoring Dr. Jason Mtokoma by participating fully in this drive.! Inform others! Seek items from area clinics, hospitals, and medical supply outlets!
See attached flier for more details and list of desired items and kits. Asante Sana (Thank you very much) & Mungu awabariki (God bless you all!)
Director of Global Mission
Medical Initiative Partner Project
These initiatives have provided for a variety of needs, from scholarship support for Jason Mtokoma to become a doctor in the diocese, to the provision of microscopes for area clinics and dispensaries, to the supply of medical equipment and supplies for the Ilembula Lutheran Hospital (including a CD-4 Count machine!), to the addition of palliative care, power-surge protection and planned preventative maintenance programming. As such, much is being accomplished toward the provision of enhanced and adequate health care in the Southern Diocese.
Please contact Cindy Wells, WIS Global Programs Coordinator, with any questions or needs you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org; 712-732-4968 Ext 441).