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

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Click here for the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

 

What Is The Key to Medical Missions? Multiply Yourself.

What Is The Key to Medical Missions? Multiply Yourself.

The key to medical missions is to multiply yourself.

You see, you will arrive in a foreign land, offer your valuable medical expertise, make a difference in a community, but then you will leave. You will come home changed and on a “spiritual high,” with memories of positive interactions and life-changing experiences, but those you leave behind are left waiting for the next group to replace you. They rely on the service — not the people serving — because they expect to have their physical needs met by medical mission’s teams who come and go.

But what would most benefit a community is to stop offering a transactional service that comes and goes, but instead provide a transformational service — one that sticks in between and long after your visit.

John Maxwell said, “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” To spread the power and produce other leaders, medical mission’s teams need to focus on multiplying. This doesn’t mean to show up with bigger and better mission’s teams in the future. Instead, intentionally plan how you will leave a place better than when you arrived. Don’t allow important value to be taken away once your trip comes to an end.

Think about this: will you offer services from you and you alone or will you train and equip those within the community to maintain and profit from your labor? True, lasting change comes from building a foundation rather than placing a band-aid on the problem time and time again. Band-aids can easily be ripped off and removed while a foundation allows for one to build.

It’s important to keep in mind that teaching is required for a change to stick.

Just like the saying goes: ”Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Don’t make being the fisherman your main focus. Instead, prepare local fisherman to do the same job just as well if not better!

While you are onsite, offer your medical expertise, but schedule time for training as well! Allow local medical staff to observe or even perform the services with your assistance until they can confidently be on their own! Locals are going to be the ones who remain and produce a lasting change. They are just as capable but simply need the training you have experienced. The best thing you can do on a mission’s trip is to instruct, demonstrate, and develop!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

Don’t just travel to see a difference in the short time you are serving, travel to make a long-lasting difference and multiply yourself.

You don’t have to be the best in your field or save the most lives; you simply have to care. Don’t settle for short-term satisfaction and healing when you have the chance to spread and multiply your efforts! Just like Jesus didn’t heal the sick and walk away, he passed along His wisdom to His disciples to carry this love even after He left this earth.

Go, serve, and multiply yourself!

See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
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Are Mission’s Trips Hurting Instead of Helping?

Are Mission’s Trips Hurting Instead of Helping?

Are mission’s trips hurting those in need?

Mission’s trips can sometimes innocently be a method of hurting rather than helping if we do them for the wrong reasons.

The book When Helping Hurts touches on humble service and focuses on the impact of faith-based organizations trying to alleviate poverty. The book dives in deep explaining the root behind those who serve — some truly want to help those in need while others show up as if they are superior. The book talks about the importance of seeing how some may lack in resources, but we are equal when it comes to our brokenness.

“Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do far more harm than good.”

Before you head out on a mission’s trip or even just serving right where you are, read the book When Helping Hurts. It will guide you to better understand the relationship between spiritual and relational poverty and how we can encourage the materially poor instead of hurting them. The book is an important resource needed for self-examination and intentional service.

In an excerpt from the book, Mission expert Miriam Adeny relates a story told to her by an African Christian friend:

“Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, ‘Mouse, let’s have a party!’ Animals gathered from far and near. They ate, drank, and sang. And they danced.  Nobody celebrated more and danced harder than Elephant. After the party was over, Elephant exclaimed, ‘Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!’ But Mouse did not answer. ‘Mouse, where are you?’ Elephant called. He looked around for his friend and then shrank back in horror. There at Elephant’s feet lay Mouse. His little body was ground into the dirt. He had been smashed by the big feet of his exuberant friend, Elephant. ‘Sometimes, that is what it’s like to do missions with you Americans,’ the African storyteller commented. ‘It is like dancing with an Elephant.’”

Don’t be an elephant!

Listen to the stories of those you are helping. See their humanity as equal to your own and serve with a humble heart. Don’t relish in your ability to lend a helping hand while others are reaching out their hands in need. We only can help others through the grace of God and the power He gives in spite of our weakness. Use His power for good and acknowledge the source of your impact.

 See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
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6 “Must-Knows” For A Short-Term Mission’s Trip

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

Before a medical mission’s trip, you are typically prepared for the work you will be doing, but it’s also important to know what to expect about the overall cultural experience as well.

Here are six things you should know about medical missions:

1. Use your American “privilege” for good.

You will have many opportunities to help those around you in more ways than one. Locals will be able to spot an American from a mile away — we stand out. You are no better than those around you, but being an American has certain assumed wealth. Since people will be taking notice of you, make sure to use your “privilege” for good. Tip generously, leave belongings behind that you don’t need in the States, and support as many local markets as you can.

There’s always someone you can think of who needs a souvenir!

 

2. Be mindful when you take pictures.

Some places frown on people taking photos. Always ask permission before you assume it’s okay to photograph your surroundings, or especially the people! Also, don’t take advantage of the community by taking pictures and exploiting them.

You are there to serve, not to make yourself look good and “charitable.”

 

3. Share with the community about the organization you represent.

It’s easy to show up, build a relationship, and then leave. This can make it difficult for future groups to be trusted. Communities appreciate the help, but they watch people come and go and relationships are difficult to build with people they never see again. Plan to show up and go in explaining the organization you are representing.

It’s easier for the people there to build a relationship with the organization as a whole more than it is individual people. Build trust.

 

4. Try the foods you are offered!

The food will be very different, but it’s important to try at least what you are offered out of respect for those generously providing. So much time and sacrifice is put into the food in third-world countries.

Be gracious and accepting.

 

5. Listen.

The people will tell you their stories, and through genuinely listening, you’ll be able to better meet their needs. Sometimes there is a language barrier, so make sure there is a reliable translator always available.

Your goal is to listen and respectfully respond to the stories you hear.

 

6. You can only do what you can do.

Don’t try to be a savior. You are only there to meet a need and plant seeds. Don’t put the pressure on yourself to save everyone. God only calls us to be willing and say “yes” to His call. He has a plan for what happens next. You are reaching out and touching lives.

Give your all but don’t walk away blaming yourself for not fixing all of the world’s problems.

We hope these tips will help you feel better prepared to go into the mission field! Click here to request more information about our upcoming trips!

 See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
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3 Important Facts About The Global Healthcare Crisis And How You Can Help

3 Important Facts About The Global Healthcare Crisis And How You Can Help

We all want to make a difference, but we don’t know what we don’t know. Below are three important facts about the global healthcare crisis and how you can help:

1. There are 5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to much-needed safe and affordable surgical and anesthesia services.

Many medical health professionals in the third world do not offer the surgical services their patients need due to the lack of anesthesia or access to education or resources the surgery requires. In fact, 18.6 million people die every year because of their inability to receive the surgeries they need. To put that into perspective, that is three times more than the combined number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Surgical and anesthesia care has been largely neglected in global healthcare. When surgical care isn’t readily available, what could have been a preventable illness will soon turn fatal. What can you do to help? Volunteer to attend a medical mission’s trip that offers the resources and expertise needed to conduct surgeries. Do the research before attending a trip to find out what the surgical needs are before going overseas and then go through the proper training to educate yourself on your participation in those surgical procedures. (Source)

2. Daily use of supplements can significantly reduce national healthcare costs.

Supplements prevent many illnesses, cut hospital stays in half, and reduce the chance of readmission. The human body is like an empty glass. It needs to be filled with the right fuel, or else it will eventually crack and break. The glass can only take so many repairs before it leaks and becomes worthless. What can you do to help? Take supplements with you on your medical mission’s trip and provide medical professionals with information about the impact of vitamin deficiency. This site gives a rundown of the benefits of vitamin A and iodine supplements.

3. Six children die every minute in the developing world because they don’t have access to basic medicines that are actually affordable.

This article includes the medicines that are most needed, and this article  argues the importance of investing in children globally. “Investments in child health and well-being are a cornerstone for productive adulthood and robust communities and societies. Promoting healthy and holistic child development is an investment in a country’s future workforce and ability to thrive economically. Ensuring that all children, including the most vulnerable living at the margins of society, have the best first chance in life is a tried-and-true means to stabilize individuals, communities, and societies over the long term.” What can you do to help? Go into communities overseas and train local leaders to become healthcare agents. This will help the economy and the healthcare world as these agents will sell affordable medicine to their communities — reducing the child mortality rate and helping pregnant women. Now that you’ve seen three ways to make an impact in global healthcare, what next step are you going to take?

Looking for ways you can help? Click here to request more info on joining one of our upcoming trips or donating supplies.

See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
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