Canvasback Impact

Now I Can Hear!

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: CI

Program Code: CI000014S

00:09 Marshall Islands are simply beautiful,
00:12 stunning, really,
00:13 750,000 square miles of deep blue Pacific Ocean.
00:18 But 1225 islands comprise the whole area,
00:23 was actually 29 atolls.
00:25 An atoll is an area that has a lagoon.
00:28 But all the other islands like you see in the distance
00:31 are dotted everywhere.
00:33 Unique, absolutely stunning and beautiful.
01:10 I've heard from so many people about the good work
01:12 the wellness center is doing in the neighborhoods.
01:14 I wanted to check it out for myself.
01:15 So let's see what's going on.
01:20 Tanner, is this pretty typical neighborhood?
01:23 Yes, it is.
01:24 Jim, this is a very typical neighborhood
01:26 you'll see here on Majuro with families
01:29 being pretty close knit, you know.
01:31 They'll actually have most of the family members,
01:34 you know, cousins, aunts, uncles in their little area.
01:37 Yeah. Okay.
01:39 And, kind of, is this a little typical
01:42 of the kind of a style or the quality of home
01:45 in the area too?
01:46 It is actually.
01:47 You usually see a lot of laundry,
01:49 of course, like you see here hanging outside.
01:51 A lot of times, they'll have the cooking done separately
01:54 from the inside of the house
01:56 where they'll just mainly have a flat bed, or mattress,
02:00 or sometimes just,
02:02 you know, sleeping on the dirt floor type of deal.
02:04 Now you've been organizing teams
02:06 and train them to go out in neighborhoods like this?
02:08 What are they doing?
02:09 So this program we started was with Ministry of Health
02:14 here in Majuro.
02:16 And they sent out teams already to see patients.
02:20 So we said, "Let's partner up with you guys.
02:23 And we'll send out our team of community health workers
02:26 to see the patients
02:27 and teach them lifestyle change.
02:30 And let's see if that doesn't help them
02:32 lower their blood sugar and their blood pressure,
02:35 help the wounds that they have on their feet,
02:37 a lot of times heal faster."
02:40 And right now, the program
02:42 has about four community health workers
02:45 that operate out of the wellness center
02:47 here in Majuro.
02:48 And then we see about 50 patients.
02:53 So tell me the success of this program to this point?
02:55 Right.
02:57 So the success so far we've seen
02:59 at least two people like
03:01 you see the woman in the background here
03:04 had a very bad wound on her heels.
03:06 I saw at her, it looked absolutely terrible.
03:08 Yeah. And this is from diabetes?
03:10 Exactly.
03:11 A lot of times, diabetics can't feel
03:14 when they get cuts on their feet.
03:16 It's called diabetic neuropathy in their feet.
03:19 So they don't feel that
03:20 and out here
03:21 things get infected very quickly.
03:23 So they got infected,
03:25 they don't know how to treat it.
03:26 They try maybe traditional medicine first.
03:29 That doesn't work.
03:31 So a lot of times by the time they come to the hospital,
03:34 it's too late for antibiotics to save the foot.
03:38 And the doctors have no choice but to amputate.
03:40 Wow.
03:41 So you're really doing intervention
03:44 in the neighborhoods before it gets to that point?
03:47 Exactly. That's what we wanna do.
03:48 We wanna get it before it gets bad,
03:51 where they have no choice but to chop off the leg.
03:54 The health workers we have went through a training course
03:57 with Secretary of the Pacific Community
04:00 where they were trained in how to help manage diabetes,
04:04 do self management goals with the patients.
04:07 And then each patient gets their blood sugar checked.
04:12 Blood pressure checked, if they have two legs,
04:15 they can get walking shoes to walk.
04:18 And then we'll also help them find wheelchairs
04:21 if they need wheelchairs.
04:23 Which is a real tough thing on this island.
04:25 Very tough thing. Yeah.
04:26 Very hard commodity to find.
04:29 And we'll also encourage them to get active
04:32 and exercise any way they can.
04:34 Like a lot of the patients we see at home
04:36 have had amputations already.
04:39 And so, we'll give them the exercise bands
04:41 that they can do and teach them how to do
04:43 the stretching exercises with those.
04:46 And what we've seen is over time,
04:48 their health improves.
04:50 You know, a lot of them when we start out,
04:51 they'll complain.
04:53 "Oh, you know, my body aches all the time.
04:56 My vision is blurred.
04:57 I'm dizzy all the time."
04:59 And within just a few weeks,
05:01 once they get their blood sugar under control,
05:06 those symptoms go away.
05:07 Yeah, I'm just guessing you're the nurse.
05:10 But just by you being around
05:13 and coming to the home doing those regular visits,
05:15 you're offering hope.
05:17 And that helps them also.
05:18 Yeah, you can see the smile come back to their face,
05:21 when they start feeling better, and they have more energy now.
05:25 And they start to see on their machine, you know,
05:27 "Hey, my blood sugar was 500, and now it's 300,
05:30 and then 200, and then 100."
05:33 And you just see that smile get bigger and bigger,
05:36 you know, and it's a real joy to see that.
05:39 And we have that happening all over the island
05:40 with these people.
05:42 Now their sugars are coming down,
05:44 you know, we check A1C levels on them.
05:47 A1C, translate that for me?
05:49 Okay, A1C is a blood test that checks
05:53 how well your blood sugar does over 90 days.
05:57 So you and me would be about 4%,
06:01 diabetic is usually above seven.
06:04 So a lot of the people
06:05 that we see here are 11, 13, 14.
06:08 And they're coming down to 8, 7, 6.
06:12 Now you also go right to the core of the problem
06:14 and changing their diet,
06:16 which is what originally caused
06:17 a lot of these problems, is that correct?
06:18 Right.
06:20 One of the keys to this program
06:21 is that we come to them
06:23 and meet them where they're at.
06:25 And we don't bring any food in there with us.
06:29 We teach them how to cook with the food
06:32 that they have at home.
06:33 Because if it's not familiar to them,
06:36 they're not going to eat it.
06:38 So we teach them, you know, if you're gonna eat chicken,
06:41 for example, a lot of people love to fry chicken,
06:44 and they deep fry it in a ton of oil.
06:47 So we teach them, "Okay, you can boil that,
06:50 and take the skin off the chicken,
06:53 reduce the fat, "
06:54 just simple little things like that,
06:56 that can make a ton of difference
06:58 in a person's diet.
06:59 But even that is a shocker to a lot of people
07:01 because they like that skin, they like all that flavor.
07:04 So how do you help them transition?
07:07 One of the things we do
07:09 is we encourage them to start garden.
07:12 So part of the program
07:14 is we bring each family to garden boxes,
07:18 and we supply them with the soil and the plants.
07:21 And we make sure that they understand,
07:23 you know, this is theirs now,
07:24 this is something that they can use
07:27 to supplement, you know,
07:29 the high costs that you see in the stores out here.
07:32 When you come out here, you're shocked
07:34 because a cucumber can cost you $5.
07:37 You know, so we have them growing easy stuff.
07:43 Spinach, kangkong
07:44 which is a Spinach type of deal
07:47 where you can cut it down and it will re-grow.
07:49 And they use that and we tell them,
07:51 you know, put it into your dish with your rice.
07:55 Now tell me about your future plans.
07:58 I've got a feeling you just don't wanna leave this
08:00 right where it is?
08:01 No, we don't at all.
08:02 This is a two year kind of pilot program
08:07 that we're doing here.
08:08 And we're hoping
08:09 that in conjunction with the hospital,
08:11 we're looking to form an actual home health team
08:16 that would reach island wide,
08:18 and then eventually
08:19 out to the outer islands as well.
08:21 Now I was talking just the other day
08:24 with a Senator
08:25 who as of now's Minister of Health,
08:27 he just had tremendous praise for the wellness center
08:30 and what you're doing because he said,
08:31 "We can't do it all."
08:33 So that's what you're looking for
08:34 is these partnerships to help.
08:36 Right.
08:38 You have to partner with people.
08:40 Out here, you can't
08:41 like you said you can't do it by yourself.
08:43 There's no way you can do it.
08:44 There's simply too much need.
08:46 So we've gone and developed over the last 10, 12 years,
08:51 many different relationships out here on the island,
08:55 with NGOs
08:56 and with government organizations
08:57 so that we have those connections now
09:00 that we can say, "Okay,
09:01 let's all sit down and talk about
09:03 how we can solve this problem together."
09:05 Give me a five year plan
09:07 or a dream actually at the moment
09:09 maybe but give me a five year dream?
09:12 Five Year dream
09:13 out of this would be that each village,
09:17 each village here is called watos.
09:18 Say it again? Watos.
09:20 Watos.
09:21 Yeah, each village would have
09:22 its own community health workers
09:25 that would be in charge of taking care of their area.
09:29 And they would be trained in diabetes counseling,
09:33 basic education on for nutrition.
09:36 They be trained in how to do cooking with the patients,
09:40 and they be kind of the overseers
09:42 of the health for that community.
09:45 Now, you've probably if you've done
09:47 that five year kind of dream,
09:49 how many workers
09:50 are we talking about to fulfill that?
09:53 I think the early estimates put it at about 25 at least.
09:56 Twenty five. At least.
09:58 I mean it's not out a reason to,
10:01 but simply if the money comes in.
10:04 Exactly, funding is a problem.
10:05 So that's, that's one of the big things.
10:09 You know, a lot of people say,
10:10 "Okay, if I'm gonna do this,
10:12 I'm not gonna do it for free, you need to pay me."
10:15 So we need to pay, find a way to pay
10:17 all these community health workers.
10:18 Which is understandable,
10:20 because they put in a lot of time.
10:21 Absolutely understandable.
10:23 So then you have
10:24 another big cost is the supplies.
10:27 Give me an idea on the supplies for one patient?
10:30 For one patient typically,
10:32 typically would go through about,
10:35 you know, 50 test strips,
10:39 for blood sugar tests each month.
10:42 And then, you know,
10:43 multiply that out over the years.
10:45 And roughly a cost?
10:47 About $15 a bag of strips.
10:52 So $15 a month roughly for just that?
10:55 Yes.
10:56 And a normal family here makes 30 to $50 a month.
11:00 So they couldn't afford it is what I'm kind of getting at.
11:03 There's no way they could afford it.
11:04 No, there's no way they could afford it.
11:06 I mean, your minimum wage out here is about $3 an hour,
11:09 you have a family on average of at least five people,
11:14 and then one person working.
11:16 So, if Canvasback
11:19 and the wellness center don't help these people,
11:22 they're not probably gonna be helped.
11:24 Yeah. Wow.
11:27 Well, I sure appreciate all the work you're doing here.
11:29 Thank you. Really appreciate it.
11:36 The people in the Marshall Islands
11:37 are so sweet.
11:38 They're just wonderful people.
11:40 And we've got a lot more to share with you about them.
11:42 So please stay tuned.
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13:16 I understand that you started having
13:18 some physical problems while you were in school?
13:19 Yeah, when I was in, I think, fourth grade,
13:24 one night I was sleeping and then all of a sudden,
13:27 my ears started, like hurt.
13:30 And it was so painful
13:33 that my mom was working an overnight shift.
13:35 I had to cry all the way through her workplace.
13:39 And then she put some hot water under it.
13:42 And I was able to sleep and overcome the pain.
13:46 But then the next day, I started,
13:50 I had discharge like it was coming out.
13:53 And then we didn't do anything about it
13:55 because we thought it was just maybe it was gonna go away.
13:59 And this started in fourth grade?
14:01 Yeah. In the fourth grade?
14:03 So now this went on for a year, then what?
14:05 And then we went to the hospital to check
14:09 and that's when they sent me to the Philippines.
14:12 And then I stayed there for four months.
14:14 Four months,
14:16 but they had it open but they said,
14:20 it will come back
14:22 somewhat one year from that time.
14:26 You went to the doctors here.
14:28 The doctors here couldn't do anything,
14:30 they sent you someplace else.
14:32 Tell me a little about that story?
14:34 So every time we heard about ENT doctors coming in,
14:40 we would go.
14:41 The first time I went was with Taiwan.
14:44 They came here, ENT,
14:47 and I went with them
14:48 and they wanted to take me with them to Taiwan
14:51 but instead they said
14:53 I have to go to the Philippines.
14:55 So I stayed there for four months.
14:57 Four months? Yes.
15:00 I couldn't hear people talking.
15:03 Even this short, I couldn't even hear.
15:07 So was just like, "What?
15:08 Can you talk louder?"
15:10 Now it really it started in both ears,
15:12 or it just it was so bad in one,
15:13 you just couldn't hear?
15:14 Yeah. Just the right one.
15:17 And then they had to open it up,
15:20 cleaned it inside, clean inside.
15:21 And then I came back here and it was good.
15:25 And then another year started coming back.
15:29 And now I was in seventh grade.
15:32 And then we would go to the hospital every day
15:36 just to find something
15:37 that would just give me the same.
15:40 They would give me prescriptions of ear drops,
15:44 and some medicines.
15:47 And, but still there was nothing.
15:49 How did you feel as a child
15:51 with all that going on in your life?
15:53 It was hard.
15:54 I mean, because people would get mad at me
15:57 for never hearing them.
15:59 I mean...
16:01 They thought you were ignoring them.
16:02 Yeah, they thought I was ignoring them.
16:04 And then I'm like, "Hey, I can't hear, I'm sorry."
16:07 I just can't hear.
16:08 And then they said,
16:10 "Then how can you talk so good?"
16:12 'Cause you know how some deaf couldn't hear,
16:14 and then they end up, can't talk."
16:16 And I'm like, "Oh, 'cause the left one is good.
16:18 So you have to talk on this side of me
16:21 because the right one is not good."
16:23 And they'd understand.
16:25 Now you're in the three or four years
16:27 of this misery going on?
16:29 Yes.
16:30 How did you deal with this?
16:32 There were people beside me that were very supportive.
16:36 Like, if someone's called for me,
16:39 and then they hear them calling for me,
16:40 they would, "Hey, you have to talk louder.
16:42 She cannot hear."
16:44 So other people that had to really help you
16:46 and support you that way?
16:47 Yes. Okay.
16:48 And so they wouldn't call for me,
16:50 but they would just come and tap my shoulder.
16:53 How many years did this go on?
16:55 For three years,
16:57 because my freshman year I met up with Canvasback,
17:02 my mom heard about them.
17:04 And then she gave her my name.
17:06 And they said, "They will come next year,
17:10 my 10th grade to do the surgery."
17:12 And then I had it.
17:14 And then they said,
17:15 "They would come back the next year
17:17 of my 11th grade to open it up again."
17:21 So, yeah, it opened up for the third time.
17:25 Like you said, third's the charm.
17:27 Third time's a charm
17:28 and you're doing wonderfully now?
17:30 Yes, yes. All right.
17:31 How long has it been now?
17:33 This year is 2018, three, four years.
17:36 If you could talk
17:37 with the people of Canvasback again,
17:38 what would you tell them?
17:40 I'll say thank you, in Marshallese Kommooltata.
17:46 How does everybody else respond now
17:47 that they don't have to help you anymore?
17:52 They're happy for me.
17:55 And it's like it never happened before.
18:04 It's good.
18:05 When our viewers see someone like you
18:07 that their life has been completely changed,
18:09 really, almost a miracle.
18:13 What would you tell them
18:14 if they're thinking about supporting the ministry?
18:17 A lot of families can't afford medical.
18:21 And they can't go to the hospital
18:24 because they can't afford it.
18:27 So if a donor were to help the ministry,
18:31 it would be a big, big thing.
18:34 You can truly say for you.
18:36 It's life changing. All right? Yes, it's a very life changing.
18:39 What's the best part of being able to hear again?
18:43 To be able to hear again. To be able to hear again.
18:46 That make sense. Yeah.
18:50 But, yeah, the best part is hearing every word
18:54 from the first to the last.
18:57 And that is not being able to say, "What?
18:59 Can you say it again?"
19:00 Yeah.
19:01 I've got a feeling,
19:03 you smile a lot more now than you used to smile.
19:05 Yeah, it sounds very smiley.
19:11 Thank you so much.
19:12 I appreciate it. Thank you so much too.
19:17 Now Canvasback is making an impact
19:20 across the islands of the Pacific.
19:22 Stay tuned. There's a lot more to come.
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21:06 There were so many times
21:07 when Jesus found Himself by the seaside
21:10 teaching and preaching and sharing about God.
21:14 Jesus was God,
21:15 but He came down here to planet earth
21:17 in human form,
21:19 so that He might share with people
21:20 who God really was because the devil had lied.
21:23 The devil still lies
21:24 about how Jesus really is who God really is.
21:30 He came down here to die for you and for me.
21:33 One day toward the end
21:34 of His three and a half years of earthly ministry,
21:36 they captured Him, they took Him,
21:38 they beat Him,
21:39 they did all these things to Him.
21:41 And finally He stood before Pilate.
21:43 Pilate was the Roman
21:44 who held him up before the people
21:47 and asked
21:48 whether he should be crucified or not.
21:51 But then he said a very interesting thing.
21:53 He looked at him and he said,
21:55 "Behold, the man."
21:57 Behold the man.
21:59 I would invite you today to behold the man.
22:01 We behold Jesus, the great teacher,
22:03 who overlooking the Sea of Galilee
22:06 began sharing things
22:07 that no one had ever shared before.
22:10 Things that change hearts and lives, changed my life,
22:12 maybe it changed yours.
22:15 Behold the man.
22:16 We see Jesus who told the disciples
22:19 to cast out and go to the other side of the lake.
22:22 Out in the middle of that lake, He controlled the storm
22:25 because He was the creator of the universe.
22:28 Peter came to Him and said, "You know, Lord,
22:30 they've told us to pay taxes."
22:33 Jesus said, "Go to the sea,
22:35 catch a fish, the first fish,
22:37 and pull out a coin out of his mouth,
22:39 and use that to pay taxes."
22:41 And that's exactly what he did.
22:43 Seems, may be hard to imagine, hard to believe,
22:45 but not for the creator of the universe.
22:48 The disciples one time were fishing out on the sea,
22:52 they were casting their nets, they'd fished all night long.
22:56 And Jesus stood by the seashore,
22:57 and He called out to them,
22:59 cast your nets on the other side of the boat.
23:02 Well, it turned out
23:03 that was the side between He and the disciples.
23:08 They cast the nets in after a little bit of argument,
23:11 because they were seasoned fishermen,
23:12 they didn't wanna listen to Jesus.
23:14 Cast the nets in, the catch was huge.
23:17 They pulled up this mighty catch.
23:19 Why?
23:20 Because Jesus was the creator.
23:22 I invite you today to behold Jesus as the creator.
23:26 And Jesus, we see Him
23:27 just before the time of the crucifixion,
23:30 He's in the Garden of Gethsemane.
23:32 He stayed under a tree,
23:34 He poured out His heart to the Father,
23:35 because as the God man, He'd taken on human form,
23:39 human life, and a young man in His early 30s,
23:41 He didn't want to die.
23:43 He really didn't want to die, says,
23:45 "Father, please, if this cup can pass from Me,
23:48 let it be so."
23:49 No word, nothing.
23:51 "Nevertheless, Father, not My will,
23:54 but Your will be done."
23:55 That happened three times,
23:57 "Not My will, but Your will be done."
24:00 Finally, He was completely resigned
24:02 to the fact that He would do the Father's will,
24:05 He chose to do the Father's will.
24:08 He was then captured, taken to Pilate.
24:10 Were back to that same Pilate that said,
24:12 "Behold the man."
24:14 And then they took Him to Calvary's Cross.
24:17 He laid down on that cross willingly
24:19 because that's why He came to planet earth
24:21 in order to die for you and me.
24:23 Laid there as they pounded those nails
24:25 into His hand, into His feet.
24:29 He was bleeding hanging there.
24:31 He looked at the crowd, said, "Father, forgive them.
24:35 They don't know what they're doing."
24:37 Truly, they didn't,
24:38 they were crucifying God Himself.
24:42 And then they took Him, placed Him in a tomb.
24:45 I've had the opportunity to be in that tomb,
24:49 to lay almost in that tomb.
24:52 And guess what? The tomb was empty.
24:55 I've had the wonderful opportunity,
24:57 the team and I have to film all over the world,
25:01 many places and we filmed pieces of Buddha here,
25:03 pieces of Buddha there, pieces of this one here,
25:06 this one there.
25:07 They're all in the grave, but not Jesus,
25:10 that grave is empty
25:11 because the Father called Him forth.
25:14 He raised to eternal life.
25:16 What a God we serve and He said,
25:18 "You know, this same Jesus,
25:19 He's going to come again in the same way.
25:22 He's going to come back to planet earth,
25:24 and He's going to take those to Himself
25:26 who committed their lives fully and completely to Him."
25:29 Today, behold Jesus.
25:32 When you behold Jesus, you see Him with your own eyes,
25:35 He will change your life.
26:08 Can you imagine having an ear infection
26:11 that's so bad that you lose your hearing?
26:14 And having the pain
26:15 continue for years with no relief?
26:19 Would you want your child or grandchild
26:21 to suffer such an experience?
26:24 I know you wouldn't,
26:26 neither can we at Canvasback Missions.
26:29 That's why we've been working in partnership with donors
26:32 to help the Mimis of the Pacific Islands
26:35 for years.
26:36 Reestablishing
26:38 health and wellness is our mission.
26:41 We subscribe to the formula Jesus
26:43 so plainly laid out.
26:45 Some plant the seed,
26:47 others water and still others harvest.
26:51 Mimi smile is so wonderful.
26:54 Her life is so full of joy since the surgery
26:57 because she can hear again, and she's pain free.
27:02 I hope you'll join Canvasback Missions,
27:04 and helping to bring hope,
27:06 healing and happiness
27:08 to thousands of Mimis in the Pacific.
27:11 Thank you so much.
27:24 To be a part of this exciting ministry,
27:26 write us at Canvasback Missions,
27:28 940 Adams Street, Suite R,
27:30 Benicia, California 94510.
27:34 You can also log on to
27:36 or call us at (707) 746-7828.
27:40 Thank you for watching.
27:41 Please join me again
27:43 for another exciting island adventure.
27:45 Remember, Canvasback is making an impact on hearts and lives,
27:49 one miracle at a time.


Revised 2021-01-15