HOW IT ALL BEGAN

 

Brief History and Introduction of Odumehaje Medical Mission.

In April I998, Dr. Paul Odumu had a dream where he was on a podium at the primary School of one of the villages in Odumehaje Community. He was sharing the message of God's Love with the people who were trooping in in their numbers. The youths of the community were helping him share Bible leaflets. He then perceived a divine call to help.

Dr Paul had always had a burning passion for giving hope to the hopeless, helping people out of their medical conditions and improving their socio - economic statuses right from when he was a medical student. He would go to his village during holidays and attend to as many sick people as he could free of charge, with the little medical knowledge he had.

So in response to his vision, Paul and his wife who is a Registered Nurse, and a few other people went to Odumehaje community on their first mission trip in December, 1998. It was more of survey and evangelical. Thereafter, he went monthly to teach the converts God's word and for capacity building.

While pursuing his training in Family Medicine in 2004 at the then Evangel Hospital Jos, Nigeria ( now Bingham University Teaching Hospital), Paul was counseled by one of his mentors to begin engaging in free Rural Medical Outreaches, having noticed his passion for missions. But due to financial constraint, he couldn't do it till 2008, when he and his team went on their first Medical Mission to the to the six villages of Odumehaje community. Thereafter, they continued going yearly with support from his family purse. As years passed, they got supporters and could go twice a year. Since then, it has been the practice with monthly visits.

Odumehaje Medical Mission was registered as a Non Governmental organization( NGO) with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria in 2012.

What began with these six villages has spread to Nine Local Government Areas of Benue State and across Seven States of Nigeria. In the Last couple of years, Odumehaje Medical Mission has extended her outreaches to other Rural Communities in Northern Nigeria where there's so much insurgency. These include villages are in Kaduna state, where they've been nine times, once to Nasarawa State, and once to Taraba state.

Currently, there is a strong call for extension of our outreaches to Sierra Leone and five other West African countries. We are hoping to spread to these African countries and beyond as soon as it is possible.