Teach to Transform is a global non-profit ministry that seeks to equip global and local leaders to teach their skills to indigenous believers. Bellevue Baptist Church partners with Teach to Transform and Uncharted International to help educate and have a sustainable witness in third world countries.
In March, Teach to Transform volunteers conducted training for mission-minded people with medical backgrounds from Pleasant Valley Community Church and Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro. From this training, a group went to Myanmar. Dr. Lynette Martin writes about their experience:
There were 34 people on our team while we were in Myanmar, Burma, including five of us on the medical team. Most of us were there for the all-day VBS sessions held at some of the 11 orphanages that Uncharted International oversees. Others worked on construction teams, led Bible studies at the widows’ home, taught at the Bible college, or ministered at the restoration center (for people rescued from human trafficking). There were over 500 children total at the orphanages.
I saw any of the kids that needed to be seen, and had half of the orphanage health coordinators with me in the clinic to give them hands-on training and practice using the equipment we brought in the basic medical equipment backpack. This was really fulfilling for me as a pediatrician, because not only was I taking care of kids, but I was training the people who would be taking care of these kids the rest of the year when the American teams are not there. They were so eager to learn and so fascinated by what you could hear with a stethoscope, see with an otoscope and measure with a blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter.
The other half of the health coordinators were in the classroom, receiving didactic teaching using the Teach to Transform modules. We were able to teach the health & hygiene, wound care, and burn modules. After lunch, we switched groups so everyone got both module training and hands-on training. By partnering with Teach to Transform, it made it so much easier to use a curriculum that was already developed for this purpose. We hope to provide more training to the orphanage health coordinators on future trips, and would like to also train some church planters who are going to some very rural areas where people have never heard the gospel.