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Pastoral Team and Medical/Dental Team

Dr. Paul Thistle a career missionary doctor and long term member of the Canadian Christian medical community in Ontario has served in Zimbabwe for many years. He invited EMAS Canada to provide resources for expanding the services at Karanda Mission Hospital by incorporating dental care.

As part of the EMAS initiatives, Dr. Ajit Vargis will lead Dental/Teaching teams to Zimbabwe in 2020. This team will serve at Karanda Mission Hospital.

During the mission in 2015, the need for a dentist and equipment for a proposed dental unit were obvious and urgent, there is an opportunity to facilitate appropriate long term dentistry in an area currently without a dentist. While this upcoming mission will focus on providing dental services at Karanda, there is a desire to add a spiritual component through a discipleship model retreat for the staff and their families. Bible teachers will be required for this.

In years past, the Pastor’s retreat was well received and the local pastors were blessed.

In 2020 we will have two components for the trip. A Pastoral Team will serve the local pastors from March 4 – April 1, 2020. The Medical/Dental Team will serve from March 18 – April 1, 2020.  

Karanda is located in the Rushinga district, in a remote area of Northern Zimbabwe nearest to Mount Darwin which is approximately 124 miles from Harare.

Join with us in supporting this brand new effort as EMAS seeks to teach and heal in a Christ-like manner.




Contact the Team Leader for this mission, Dr. Ajit Vargis at avargis1@gmail.com

Learn more about Karanda Hospital