Are you retired or semi-retired and thinking about being more active in the mission field?
If so, this may be the perfect season for you to join a medical mission team and bring physical, spiritual, and emotional healing to people around the world. Wondering if a medical missions trip is a good way for you to get involved? Here are our top 3 reasons we believe retirees are well suited for a short term medical mission trip:
You have more control over your schedule than ever before!
Being retired means that you get to set your schedule. It’s also highly unlikely that you have young people at home needing rides, help with homework, or constant supervision. This frees up your evenings and weekends to travel locally or globally and serve. Many of our volunteers are still raising families and it can be harder for them to take medical missions trips while their kids are in school. If you’re an empty nester, you have the freedom and flexibility to take one or more medical missions trips a year with our team!
You have so much valuable experience to share!
Our younger volunteers have not had as much time to develop the professional and life experience that you bring to the table. If you have been in the medical field for the last few decades just think of how many thousands of hours you’ve spent honing your craft. You have learned how to make people feel important and seen while efficiently serving their medical needs. No matter if you have worked as support personnel or provided hands on medical care, your expertise is desperately needed by the people we serve.
You have resources that younger people may not have.
Just like you have more control over your time you also have fewer demands on your income than those in the midst of raising a family. Once the kids move out, the utilities drop and the food bill gets cut in half, there is a little more money in the bank at the end of the month. In addition to financial resources, retirees are more likely to have time for social or philanthropic groups that share passions. The groups you belong to can support you with prayer and even help you raise funds for your medical missions trip. It’s also possible that all of you could take a medical mission trip together!
If you are considering a medical mission trip there’s no better time than right now to ask God for His input.
Mission work always starts with prayer and discerning God’s will for each of us in our current season! I’d love to invite you to take a first step towards joining a medical mission trip by clicking here to choose which of our upcoming 2020 destinations peak your interest.
Do you need some questions answered before you say yes? We’d love to answer your questions about joining our team. Click here to submit your question via our contact page we will get back with you as soon as possible!
Have you ever wondered whether God was actually calling you to mission work? And does He call every christian to be a missionary? If you look to the bible, I think the answer is a resounding yes! He may be calling you to serve in another country, or He may be calling you to serve in your own backyard, but the word of God does say that we are to go out into the world, wherever that is, and share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. Here are 5 inspiring bible verses that confirm God is calling all of us to mission work:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
1 Chronicles 16:24
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
I hope this inspired you and confirmed that you are in fact called to serve in missions. If you’re sitting on the fence about serving, I encourage you to take the leap! You will never regret following God’s call. If you’re looking for places to serve, don’t forget to check out our list of upcoming trips. We hope to see you there!
When people think of medical mission work, they usually think providing medical care is the only way they can help, but that is further from the truth! Here are 6 ways anyone can serve a medical missions organization:
1. Join a team and offer free medical services in one of our pop up clinics.
Although this isn’t the only way you can serve a medical missions team, providing medical services at a clinic is the heart of a medical missions trip! Medical missions teams are always looking for nurses, doctors, and other certified medical care providers to join their teams.
2. Provide education on preventative care and nutrition.
If you have a heart for education, then providing education on nutrition and preventative health to the villages being served is a great way to serve during a missions trip. This position sometimes requires that you be a medical professional but not always, so be sure to ask the organization you’re looking to work with.
3. Help us partner with trusted local organizations for future trips.
Are you a good communicator? If so, you may enjoy establishing relationships with local organizations while on a missions trip and work towards forming partnerships for future trips to that area. Many hands make light work, and partnering with local trusted organizations is a great way to gain extra hands, as well as establish an ongoing lasting relationship within the community you are serving.
4. Share the Gospel of Christ through your presence on short-term mission teams.
Do you love to share the gospel? Do you have a background in ministry? Are you a prayer warrior? These are all great ways you can help on the mission field! The heart behind many medical missions is to share the love of Jesus with everyone you meet. That can be through providing excellent medical care, but it can also be through prayer, sharing the gospel, or just being the hands and feet of Jesus to someone in need.
5. Support medical volunteers by collecting patient information prior to exams.
If you aren’t a certified medical care provider, you can still help with patients! Medical teams are always in need of people to collect patient information, help them fill out paperwork, and visit with patients while they’re waiting to be seen.
6. Donate and organize medical supplies for our teams to distribute during mission trips.
A medical missions trip requires many different medical supplies to make it happen. If you are someone that has connections to supplies, or would love to reach out to your community to ask for and collect supply donations, then consider contacting your favorite medical mission organization to see what they are in need of.
As you can see, there are many ways for you to serve your favorite medical missions organization! What is your favorite way to serve? Let us know in the comments. And if you are looking to join a medical missions team, please consider joining us on one of our trips. We’d love to have you!
Just because you can’t go on a missions trip right now, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference!
Maybe you just don’t have the funds right now to join your organization of choice on a missions trip, or maybe a trip isn’t feasible due to a medical issue. No matter the reason, there are many other ways to make a difference in the missions organization you are passionate about! Here are a few ways you can support them without traveling:
Praying for an organization you want to support is one of the best ways you can help them. Many Christian non-profits like ours also have a prayer team, so make sure to check their website to see how you can join. If you want to join ours, just send us an email and we’ll get you added to the team!
Non-profit missions organizations simply cannot run successfully without the financial help from donors like you! In fact, donor support is exactly how we are able to keep our costs so low for volunteers that travel on missions with us. Every dollar that you can give to an organization you’re passionate about helps so much! Want to support our organization? You can make a donation here.
Gather supplies to donate
Many missions teams can also benefit greatly from supply donations. There are so many items teams need to bring on their trips, that supply donations end up being a huge help. A warning though: Before you start collecting supplies, make sure to contact the organization you want to donate to first and find out what they actually need! If you would like to donate supplies to us, you can contact us for a supply list.
Encourage your friends that are going on a trip
Even though attending a missions trip may not be in the cards for you (yet!), you can make a huge difference by supporting and encouraging your friends that are able to volunteer in this way! Check out this blog post for a helpful list of ways to support your friend or loved one on their next mission trip.
Find ways to give back to your local community
Though giving back to your local community doesn’t directly help the missions organization you would like to travel with in the future, it definitely DOES make a difference! As Christians we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and that includes the nation right in our own backyard. So no matter where you live, find people that need help, then go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.
We hope this list will help encourage you that no matter which way you are able to support missions organizations, that your help DOES make a big difference and is greatly appreciated. Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments!
“What do you want me to do for you? Lord, he said, I want to see!” -Luke 18:41
Have you ever taken off your reading glasses and set them down only to wonder where you put them a few minutes later? For those of you that are middle aged and beyond, I know you feel my pain! What about those of us that need distance glasses? I can’t imagine driving a car without my glasses!
Most of us don’t think twice about the luxury it is to have access to glasses, but did you know many people in remote villages are driving, working, and living every day without much-needed corrective lenses? Presbyopia (farsightedness) often occurs 10 years earlier in developing countries, and yet this population is the least likely to have access to quality corrective lenses to help with this condition! Sadly many people even end up losing their jobs because they cannot see.
We at Mission Partners for Christ are so grateful for our partnership with I-TEC. This organization was started by Steve Saint in 1996 to develop tools and training to equip indigenous Christ followers to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their own people.
In 1956, Steve’s dad Nate Saint along with Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian were speared by a group of Waodani warriors in the Ecuadorian jungles. The horrific news of the death of these five missionary martyrs traveled fast and became headline news. (If you haven’t seen the movie “End of the Spear” you should check it out!)
Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim, and Rachel Saint, sister of Nate, returned to live among the Waodani. The killings once prevalent in their tribe virtually stopped and many of the Waodani heard the Gospel and believed! Steve was even baptized by some of the same men who speared his father in the jungles some years later.
One of the programs I-TEC provides is a glasses program called I-SEE, a portable kit that includes 200 pairs of distance and reading glasses, an eye chart, testing materials, an eye glass repair kit and a training video. All of the materials arrive in a ready to travel suitcase perfect for our trips!
During our pre-trip meetings we discuss which team member is interested in participating in the glasses program, and the training video is then sent to that person for review prior to our trip. This video is easy to understand and goes over the how to assess patients and determine which glasses are appropriate for them. This training video also encourages us to involve indigenous Christ followers in the glasses program during our outreach, as they usually speak the language which will provide the perfect opportunity for them to share their testimony with the patients. We pray that as people receive their first pair of glasses that the love displayed by our volunteers will prompt them to open their hearts to Christ. All leftover glasses are then able to be left with the indigenous workers so they can continue distributing them to people in need.
We are so thankful for this incredible organization and the opportunity to partner with them! To learn more about the I-SEE program as well as I-TEC’s other programs, please visit their website here: https://www.itecusa.org/
Want to learn more about our organization and the ones we partner with? Be sure to join our mailing list to get the latest news. As a thank you, we’ll send you a free fundraising letter template to help you raise funds for your next missions trip!
When we are called to serve, it’s usually not convenient. We aren’t called into a comfortable place of service — instead, we are called into discomfort. But those who want to serve want to do it well despite the discomfort they may feel, so this post is about 4 Ways To Serve Others Well!
To learn more about how to step outside of your comfort zone during a mission’s trip, read this post.
1. Be the servant.
As obvious as this one sounds, so often we approach serving others from the position of “better than.” We think we are inferior and focus on what we can offer and how much of a difference we can make, but if we want to serve others well, we have to view ourselves as a servant. We are all equal in the eyes of God and we all have something to share and learn from one another.
When you listen to and learn from those you are serving, you may quickly find out that what they need is completely different than what you are giving. For example, if you are meeting someone’s physical needs and they are talking about loneliness or a lack of purpose that they feel in life, you’ll soon realize that the person also needs some mental and spiritual support! On the other hand, if you’re preaching and serving a group of people and you notice a group of hungry children in the corner asking for food, you’ll learn that they need to eat before they can take in anything you are trying to teach them.
There have been far too many times when a mission’s team has gone to build a home or update a school in a place of poverty but only takes a few minutes of their time to look into the eyes of the people and be open to what they can teach the team. When you choose to serve on a medical mission’s team, you receive the amazing opportunity to work one on one with people. Ask them their stories! Learn about their culture, their needs, and what their gifts are. We are all given gifts from the Lord and when we are able to use those gifts, it’s an empowering experience.
3. Serve with sacrifice.
As mentioned above, service is uncomfortable and often inconvenient. It requires giving of yourself and pouring into others. Service requires sacrifice. If you want to serve well, be willing to sacrifice. You’ve positioned yourself as a servant and have listened to the needs of others, now it’s time to figure out how you can meet those needs. This may mean changing your agenda. Maybe it’s staying up late to sit and share a meal with someone you meet on the trip and listening to his/her story. Sacrifice could mean working longer hours than you expected because more people show up to receive medical attention than you originally planned. Maybe it means making a plan for when you return home to continue the impact by making others aware of your experience and the people who need continued support. Whatever it looks like, be sure that on your trip you are serving well by sacrificing yourself for others.
Remember: “Loving people the way Jesus did means living a life filled with constant interruptions.” -Bob Goff
4. Help grow the planted seed.
A mission’s trip plants a seed, but the seed needs special care to grow! As mentioned above, there are many ways to continue making a difference for those you are serving after you plant the seed. This can be done through making others aware of the needs and the mission. We have a list of ways you can help the seeds you plant to grow!