Over 70 people received free medical, dental and optical care in the Los Angeles South Bay area on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries, led a coalition of partners known as the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) to bring Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA) mobile medical clinic to Torrance, California. The coalition consisted of Christ Our Savior, The Harbor Church, and the Torrance Salvation Army which hosted the first clinic site.
People came long distances to receive care. One man came from the San Gabriel Valley for optical needs and another woman traveled 75 miles from San Bernardino and slept overnight at the Salvation Army to wait for the clinic to open in the morning. Patients were very grateful, and could not believe that clinic services were free.
While comprehensive care was offered, dental and optical needs were the most utilized services.
Volunteers visited with patents, shared the gospel and invited many to church on Sunday. Louie Rosado, executive director of MMA, gave his own Christian testimony to the waiting patients.
Special note should be made of the support of the Salvation Army staff. Pastors Neil and Rubina Navarro opened their entire service center for the clinic. Officers provided refreshments to the patients and provided valuable administrative and minsterial support.
Anglican Health Ministries worked with MMA for over two years on licensing, regulatory, and insurance requirements. “It was a long-road of red tape and endless inspections, but we were finally able to open the doors,” said physician and Deacon Val W. Finnell, who is Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries.
Overall, TOUCH Coalition members thought the day was very successful. More work needs to be done to recruit medical, dental and optometry staff in the South Bay to support ongoing local clinics throughout the year. More TOUCH Coalition members are being sought to support clinic operations.
Christ Our Savior would like to extend an invitation to other Anglicans within the Diocese of Western Anglicans to partner with them in hosting regular clinics in the South Bay area. Local clinic volunteers are also desperately needed. Those interested should contact Christ Our Savior Senior Warden, Tom Winfrey, at email@example.com.
The TOUCH Coalition, Medical Mission Adventures, and Anglican Health Ministries are bringing a free mobile medical unit to Torrance, California on Saturday, September 29th from 9AM-5 PM. The mobile clinic will be located at the Salvation Army Service Center; 4223 Emerald St; Torrance, CA 90503. The clinic will offer medical, dental, and optical care regardless of ability to pay.
TOUCH is a network of South Bay churches working together to assist our neighbors with medical, dental, and optical care. Its members include Christ Our Savior Anglican Church in Torrance, The Harbor Church in Harbor City, and the Salvation Army in Torrance.
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On March 15-17, 2012 Christ Our Savior Anglican Church organized a Neighborhood Transformation (NT) Training of Local Trainers in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries (AHM) in Torrance, CA. Stan Rowland, founder of the Global Community Health Evangelism (CHE) movement, ran the training along with Garold Elston of Salvaged Lives Ministries from Bakersfield, CA.
This training represented two firsts: The first of its type in the Greater Los Angeles area and the first time it was held in an ACNA parish, anywhere. Historically, Anglicans have been involved in the Global CHE movement through the Church of Uganda. Several years ago, CHE was adapted for North American urban contexts and NT was born. As Anglicans have led the way internationally, COS is also leading the way through introducing NT to America’s largest metropolitan area.
Sixteen people from the Los Angeles South Bay area were trained on how a local parish can reach their community with the transforming love of the Jesus Christ. Participants were taught how to lead the urban poor from relief, to betterment, and then finally development. This is accomplished through focusing on the assets that already exist in the community rather than deficits. The result is empowerment of people as they are led out of cyclical poverty. Dependency on outside aid is also reduced as people learn they are made in God’s Image, called to have dominion over the earth.
Christ Our Savior Anglican Church is hopeful that it will be able to use NT to reach the Old Torrance community and has already begun to employ the NT techniques in the neighborhood that is within walking distance of the parish building.
COS partnered with AHM to make this training available. AHM is becoming an affiliate with the Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation to bring NT training to Anglican parishes throughout North America. If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact Dr. Val Finnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHM is a diocesan ministry of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints (MDAS) under the oversight of The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz. The MDAS upholds the Evangelical Faith and Catholic Order which is the inheritance of the Anglican Way.
Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries and the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) Coalition, demonstrated Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA) mobile medical clinic for Torrance Memorial Medical Center (TMMC) on Friday, November 11, 2011. In attendance were representatives from the community, including the Salvation Army, Torrance Corps.
Mr. Louie Rosado, President of MMA and Dr. Finnell, Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries and founder of TOUCH, made a presentation to the executive staff of TMMC followed by a clinic walkthrough. All of the clinic’s capabilities were on display (i.e. medical, dental, and optical). The presentation focused on the need for primary medical care services among the area’s uninsured and underinsured population and how community organizations can network together to enhance continuity of care and reduce uncompensated emergency department visits.
During the free clinic visits, the Christian staff witnesses to patients and shares the gospel. AHM and MMA both believe that we can best minister to people through words and loving actions. The clinic is also a unique way to bring community assets together to address long-term needs in Torrance.
TOUCH and MMA will work with TMMC and other community organizations in the coming weeks to establish a corps of volunteers to host the free clinic on a regular basis in Torrance. If you would like to be part of this effort, please join the Coalition.
The brief video below will give you the highlights of the clinic’s capabilities: