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. 

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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/
How We Mission: 2020 Liberia Trip Faqs

How We Mission: 2020 Liberia Trip Faqs

Are you thinking about joining us on a missions trip next year but want to learn more before you take the leap?

If so, you’ve come to the right spot! We get a lot of questions from potential volunteers, so we thought it would be helpful to do an in-depth series explaining everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 trips. (This is part 1. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!)

Our first trip of 2020 is March 7-16 in the West African country of Liberia.  Unfortunately, this country has experienced several civil wars in which over 95% of the countries health facilities were destroyed. They have very limited access to medical care and over 83% of the population lives below the international poverty line. Here is a list of facts about our upcoming 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.

What language is spoken in Liberia?

The official language of Liberia is english, but there are also over 20 indigenous languages spoken. Chances are most people will speak english so communicating should be fairly straight forward.

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 Liberia trip is $2700. A $300 deposit is required within 2 weeks of registering for the trip to secure your spot and will go towards the total balance. Half of the balance is due 11/15/19, and the rest is due by 2/15/20. 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 (9/16/2020), 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 Liberia 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 Liberia, and we hope you will join us next March! Click here to submit your application.

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Partnering With Local Organizations On Our Mission Trips

Partnering With Local Organizations On Our Mission Trips

The beauty of serving on multiple missions trips is that we get to partner with new organizations every time!  

On our trip to Burkina Faso, we had the privilege to partner with a local organization, The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. Working with local organizations allows us to to help more people than we could on our own, and helps establish long lasting relationships in the area.

When we first arrived, we landed in Ouagadougou, (pronounced wagadagu) the capital and largest city in Burkina Faso, and then took a flight to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we were joined by the newly formed Christian Medical and Dental Association. We had a great time getting acquainted with 4 of the doctors from the association over dinner!  They shared all about their training, where they are working, and about the Association’s mission. 

For the next four days, our team along with theirs served together in many remote, unreached villages. 

Our American doctors were able to encourage the Burkina Faso doctors and medical students. They were also a great encouragement to us as they showed us how they treat many tropical diseases in Burkina that we don’t see in the United States.

Together we were able to treat more patients than on any other trip= 1894!  

There were three patients we were very concerned about that lived in the rural villages many miles from the city. Two have serious eye conditions and one has leukemia. With the assistance of the Burkina Faso Christian Medical Association, these patients were able to receive additional treatment they otherwise wouldn’t have, and I am so grateful we were able to establish a partnership with them!

The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association witnessed how serving in these remote villages opened the hearts of people to the gospel.

  They were very encouraged serving with our team and appreciated the partnership just as much as we did! At the end of our short trip we had some left over medication and supplies that we were able to donate to them.

We had the best time serving the people in remote villages around Burkina Faso and are so thankful that we were able to work together with the Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. We couldn’t have helped as many people as we did without them!

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Why You Should Go On A Medical Mission’s Trip

Why You Should Go On A Medical Mission’s Trip

Medical mission’s trips are a great opportunity to explore new cultures and serve people who are in desperate need of medical attention. Of course, medical mission’s trips always require some medical professionals on the team, but not everyone is required to have a medical background! In fact, many members of the team are students because they are able to get healthcare experience and — in some cases — receive class credit or volunteer hours they need for school.

Maybe you’re someone who is looking for some hands-on medical experience. Or, maybe you want to serve but need an organization to help you with the logistics. We would love to help!

Here are a few reasons why you should go on one of our trips:

  1. You will grow closer to Jesus.
  2. You will learn to see the world differently.
  3. You will have to step outside of your comfort zone.
  4. You will be following God’s command (Matthew 28:19-20)

We are confident that when you say “YES” to one of our trips, you are opening yourself up to the world-changing impact that God can give through you!

Are you looking for an opportunity to provide medical attention and education to communities in need? Go on a mission trip! Would you love the idea of shadowing local doctors and nurses and playing an essential role in someone’s care? Come on one of our trips! Do you want to plant the seed of the Gospel into the hearts of people who may have never heard of God’s saving love and grace? Join us on a mission’s trip!

Here on the blog, we have everything you need to know to prepare for your trip!

 

6 “Must-Knows” For A Short-Term Mission’s Trip

Mission’s Trip One-Page Trip Planner

Tips For How To Stay Healthy And Safe On A Mission’s Trip

Scripture Memorization For The Mission’s Field: Free Printable

8 Fundraising Tips To Attend A Mission’s Trip Debt-Free

 

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