What is a Medical Mission Trip?

What is a Medical Mission Trip?

Maybe you have found this blog post because you ask the question, “What is a medical mission trip?” 

We want to help you learn about medical mission trips. Let’s go over the meaning of “mission trip.” It’s not uncommon for people to be unsure of what that means, even if they are people of faith involved with their local churches and communities.

A mission trip is a short-term or long-term commitment by one or more Christians who agree to serve people and help them know the love of Christ. This service commitment often involves travel far away from home and an extended stay. The word “mission” comes from “missionary” or one who travels to complete a sustainable mission of service and teaching about Christ.

The people who go on mission trips often go through some steps to prepare for the trip. They learn about the cultures, languages, needs, and issues facing the people where they’re going, and make choices to help them be more compassionate and effective there.

A medical mission trip is the same as a mission trip, except the focus is on serving people with medical needs. These needs could range greatly due to the accessibility of medical care and medicine, supplies, and equipment in a community. Many who go on a medical mission trip are trained medical professionals, but teams are built up of other people with different training and skills too. Anyone with a heart to serve could go!

Medical mission trips are important. People in desperate need pray for help and do what they can to help themselves. God may answer their prayers partly by moving through others’ willing hearts and hands to serve with love and a great work ethic. Other people might not know who God is or might have an idea in their mind and not know they are loved, cared for, and filled with purpose.

Because of medical mission work, many people encounter Christ for the first time. 

Are you asking, “What is a medical mission trip?” because you’ve heard about one, and you would like to be part of a medical missions team? We would love to have you! Learn more about our next trip here, and find out more about Mission Partners For Christ here

See you on the mission field!

Retired? Now is the PERFECT time to take a medical mission trip!

Retired? Now is the PERFECT time to take a medical mission trip!

 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!

5 Must See Documentaries on the World Health Crisis

5 Must See Documentaries on the World Health Crisis

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We have a lot of people ask what it looks like to do mission work in the medical field. We thought that a powerful way to show some of the many faces of medical missions is to compile our top 5 must see documentaries on the world health crisis. Most of these amazing stories you can find on Amazon. We have included the links to them where possible along with the descriptions that accompany them so you can choose which ones you would like to watch the next time you curl up with a bowl of popcorn.

Period. End of sentence–  (a NetFlix original)

This Oscar award winning film seeks to end the taboo around menstruation in developing countries.

A Walk To Beautiful– (amazon)

This Emmy award winning film documents the real life struggles of women struggling with childbirth injuries.

Tapestries of Hope- (amazon)

Tapestries of Hope exposes the horrific rape of young women and girls by men with hiv/aids in Zimbabwe and highlights the efforts of one organization to protect and empower those young women.

Living in Emergency– (amazon)

This 2008 Oscar nominee highlights the stories of four doctors working with doctors without borders trying to perform life saving emergency care in some of the most challenging situations possible.

Hero with a Thousand Faces– (amazon)

This documentary gives an unfettered view of the Ebola crisis and the heros that came to stop it.

Ready to get involved? Email us at info@missionpartnersforchirst.org for information on how you can help!

Christian Medical Missions in a Closed Country

Christian Medical Missions in a Closed Country

Recently a 15 person Christian medical missions team from MPFC visited an island in the Indian Ocean where Christianity is not welcome. This medical mission trip was different than others in the past as we had to discretely share the gospel in this closed country. We experienced powerful connections with local peoples who have little to no access to medical care. This blog post is a letter sent to our director by one of the members of that team. We are publishing it here to give you a first hand report of the unique experience of serving as Christians in a closed country.

This is the first time that I am reflecting quietly on what happened on our trip.  It truly has changed my life. I have always had a heart for people since I work in the health field, but to go where healthcare and medicine is limited and to make a difference was something special.

Some of the most eye-opening experiences happened to me on this trip.

I cannot believe how most people take for granted the liberties and freedoms here in America. We can talk and display our love for Christ freely in the United States. We are not constantly reminded of the oppression with the call to Muslim prayer every morning and night. We can turn on the radio and listen to worship music or any of the hundreds of other stations. The island had one radio station and they could only hear it at night if they were lucky.

We can go to school and pursue a higher education. The education system on the island only went up to high school for most and at an early age they are taught the Quran. We can turn on the light at all hours of the night and make a phone call, send an email with the click of a button. Most people on the island don’t have internet or even a computer.

Some nights we lost electricity and that is a common occurrence on the island.

Shopping is made so easy in America by using Amazon and your package can be on your doorstep in two days or less. The people are not able to make purchases online or even have a mailbox to receive mail at home. Our trash is collected every week and disposed of while the people on the island don’t even have a waste management system in place. Most of us have safe drinking water and a water heater.

People on the island don’t have a water treatment system or even efficient plumbing.

My heart was touched by the people of the island. Even with the lack of resources these people were so welcoming and content with what they had. They appreciated the least and shared the most.

The main priorities on the island was family and they had so much respect for the elderly, women and children.

We were greeted with floral leis and huge smiles. It is somewhat surreal being back home and not jumping in airplanes, vans and marching around with our bags trying to deliver care to the next village. God was truly with us and answered many of our prayers. One prayer of mine that was answered was having enough translators for us to be efficient with care and education.  We also prayed for protection.

We were never in any danger on the trip. The crime rate on the island is extremely low.

The last day was truly the hardest for sure as we had developed close relationships and having to leave them. I can’t stop sharing my experiences with family and friends especially co-workers what it was like and most say they want to do something like that. Some people wonder why someone would go to a third world country like that until I share my experiences with them. I always tell people they can and to see for themselves!  Going on a mission’s trip has always been a lifelong dream of mine and cannot wait until I go on the next one. 

Ready to experience medical missions for yourself?
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Medical Mission Recap: Indian Ocean Island

Medical Mission Recap: Indian Ocean Island

The MPFC team recently completed a medical mission trip to an island in the Indian Ocean.

This medical mission trip was different than others in the past as we had to discretely share the gospel in this closed country. We experienced powerful connections with local peoples who have little to no access to medical care. Our missionary partner prayed with people during the outreach and are continuing to support them in their faith.

Here are a few highlights from our medical mission work that we’d love to share with you!

DAY 1: Our medical mission team of 15 looked out the plane window as we flew over the the Indian Ocean. We saw hills, coastline and a lush island full of palm trees. We couldn’t wait to explore! Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by news reporters, government officials, and our local partners. They put fragrant flowered lais around our neck.

We dropped off our personal luggage and were off to meet the governor! 

DAYS 2 & 3: The first 2 days we held our medical mission outreach at the islands only hospital. The hospital director and the hospital staff were very accommodating to our team. This hospital had a laboratory, x-ray machine, and eye examination equipment. They are able to perform surgeries however they need more qualified staff to provide medical care. Often doctors fly into the country short term to treat patients. In addition, most of the patients cannot afford to see the doctor or pay for the medication or treatment that is required.  

DAYS 4 & 5: During the following 2 days we traveled on curvy roads around the island to 2 different villages to see patients. During the drive we had incredible views of the country, including fragrant smells from the trees producing ylang ylang which is used to make Chanel no 5.  

DAY 6: The 3rd day of our medical mission outreach was especially rewarding but also sad. We were able to provide health education to at least 300 people as they waited to see the doctor. This varies depending on country, village and site we have available for the outreach.    

The sad part was we met a woman with a oral tumor. She explained that her husband recently left her because of the tumor. Unfortunately on this island there is no cancer treatment available. However, our Christian partners have established a relationship with her and also met her oldest son. They have had an opportunity to pray with her.

Would you join us in praying that Marian opens her heart to receive Christ?

Would you also pray that God heals her of the cancer? 

On this trip we had an evening over dinner to meet with secret believers.  This is a very closed country and believers are unable to meet publicly like we do. There is no public Christian worship. Two of our team members shared a teaching about our identity in Christ and one shared a very personal testimony to encourage the believers.  This time spent with them was very encouraging.  

DAY 7: The day after our medical mission outreach was complete our team divided into groups with our local partners and did a prayer walk through the village. It was a very powerful time. It was encouraging for us and for them. We enjoyed an afternoon at the beach taking in the beauty of the island and in the evening the governor welcomed us to his home for dinner. The governor thanked our team for serving the people of his island and he hopes we will return.

DAY 8: On our last day the team had time to relax, share about trip memories and buy a few souvenirs to remember their trip. When we left our translators even came to the airport to see us off. They put small token gifts in our hands and hugged our necks. Our hearts were full. We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve. 

Will you continue to pray for our local partners and the people there?

In a couple weeks our partners will begin distributing 60 water filters and sharing over 200 solar audio Bibles. Our local partners are grateful for the many people they were able to meet as a result of the medical outreach. We are praying for more to come to know Christ in this unreached country.

Interested to join us on an upcoming medical outreach: https://missionpartnersforchrist.org/volunteer/

How We Mission: 2020 Benin  Trip Faqs

How We Mission: 2020 Benin Trip Faqs

Are you curious about joining us for our Benin trip in 2020 and want more information?

If so, you are in the perfect place! In this third part of our How We Mission series, we are going to share everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 trip to Benin. (You can read about the first and second trips in our series here and here.)

Our trip to Benin will be 11/7/20-11/16/20. Benin is located in West Africa and is the birthplace of voodoo. We will fly into Cotonou, travel north, and will serve in 2 small villages that are very interested in being involved in a 3-5 year coaching process to transform themselves and break the cycle of poverty. Together with our partner, Global Hope Network International, we will host a free medical clinic and provide health education, all while sharing the love of Jesus! Here are a list of facts about this trip, we hope it will help you decide whether to join us! Of course, if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

How much does it cost to join this trip? Do I have to pay the entire amount to secure my spot?

The cost for our Benin trip is $2700. Half of the balance is due 8/14/20, and the rest is due by 10/17/20. Additionally, there is a $100 application fee.

What does the cost of this trip cover?

The cost of each of our trips include meals, travel, and accommodations. If a tourism day is built into the trip, travel is included. Volunteers are responsible for the cost of souvenirs or other optional activities they wish to pursue.

How old do I have to be to participate in this trip?

For liability purposes, you must be 18 years or older to participate in a trip with us.

What are my responsibilities while attending this trip?

All we ask is that you are willing to serve as a unified team member and are willing to be flexible. We assign roles and and discuss more specific trip responsibilities during our first team meeting which will be held via zoom video conference. Additionally, we ask each participant to attend all team meetings, be on time during the trip and attend all trip activities.

What type of documentation do I need to provide to attend this trip?

All participants need to provide a passport with 2 blank pages and at least 6 months expiration date past return date of trip (5/16/21), a clear color copy of your passport, 2 additional passport photos, and a visa (this will be discussed during our first team meeting).

Furthermore, doctors and dentists must provide a clear copy of their medical degree, certificate or evidence of completing internship, CV, reference letter from employer, and a copy of current medical license. Nurses must provide a clear copy of their nursing degree, nursing license, a resume, a reference letter from their employer, and an official transcript.

Are there any vaccines or other medical requirements to participate?

All volunteers are required to get a yellow fever vaccine before they can obtain their visa. We also recommend you consider obtaining Hepatitis A and oral typhoid vaccines, as well as prescription medication to prevent malaria.

Are there any other requirements that I should know about this trip?

Yes. We do require a background check, and that you sign a waiver.

I need help raising funds for this trip. Can you help me?

Yes! Check out this blog post for some tips on raising funds, and don’t forget to download our free fundraising template!

Where can I learn more about your organization?

You can learn about us and our heart for mission work by watching this video:

You can also learn more about us on our about page and our f.a.q. page.

Where can I find your application for this trip?

You can find the application for our Burundi trip on this page.

I can’t attend this trip, but would like to support it financially. How do I do that?

You can donate directly towards this trip by clicking here!

We hope this gives you more information about our trip to Benin, and we hope you will join us next November! Click here to submit your application.

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Are you thinking about joining us on our trip to Benin next year but want to learn more before you take the leap? Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 mission trip here: https://missionpartnersforchrist.org/how-we-mission-2020-benin-trip-faqs/