Moravian Church in North America

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About Clínica Evangélica Morava

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On June 16th, 1946, the Reverend Werner Marx founded the Clínica Evangélica Morava. On that date, he planted the corner post of a one room clinic on a pine covered hill just east of the Patuca River village of Paptalaya.

While Cleve Fischel, a nurse from North Carolina, was the first medical missionary to staff the facility, Dr. Sam Marx, his wife Grace, and their children spent more than 30 years ministering in Christ´s name to the predominantly Mískito population of eastern Honduras. Under Dr. Sam´s direction, the one room clinic grew into a regional referral center. Today it is one of only two hospitals in a region traditionally ignored by the national government.

With the years, the hospital has grown to include a wide range of both curative and preventive medical services. A staff of 37 includes three Mískito physicians, two registered nurses, fourteen practical nurses, two lab techs, and administrative, housekeeping and laundry personnel. The Preventive Health Program teaches midwives, holds weekly well baby clinics, oversees pregnancy monitoring, and works with the Ministry of Health to diagnose and treat malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS cases. Surgical cases are seen nearly every day and we typically have between 10 and 15 inpatients at any one time.


Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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