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Featured Parish Nurse.

Pamela D'Andre is an American Parish Nurse in Kiev, Ukraine. She lives there with her three school-aged sons, and works with others from her church there, both American and Ukrainian, to provide health ministries to growing numbers of seniors and families. Her work is based on a team concept, in other words, a strong and growing Health Cabinet. Educational events and home visits include nurses, physicians, social workers, and laypeople who support the important health ministry provided to those who benefit from this ministry.

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Are you familiar with Isaiah 61? It is the chapter that states, "The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn...."

This is the Scripture that informs the parish nursing ministry of Pamela D'Andre, RN, in Kiev, Ukraine, and while her parish nursing ministry team is growing rapidly, she recognizes the need to equip other RNs to become parish nurses in other congregations. The needs in Ukraine, like in so many places (ours, yours), are greater than the numbers of hours in a day. Pam asks our prayers to help her grow parish nursing there.

Here's a recent note from Pam: "Thank you all for your prayers, as the seminar on hypertension and stress went well and people were very happy to be there. There were about thirty people in attendance and four churches were represented. Nadia started her introduction to anatomy and physiology with these words: 'Today we could greet you as brothers and sisters or friends, but I would like to greet you this way: 'Welcome Hypertensives!' (Because we all experience hypertension in our lives at one time or another we are all "hypertensives.") We all laughed and it set the tone for a wonderful time of ministering and giving and receiving information. We plan to have other seminars like it this year.

So, hypertensives, until next time.... enjoy!"

For more information about Pam D'Andre's work, you can contact her by e-mail at Pam.dandre@efca.org.

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