How To Stay Safe During The Pandemic As Medical Missionaries

How To Stay Safe During The Pandemic As Medical Missionaries

One very common, and understandable, concern we hear from potential applicants to one of our medical mission trips is, “will I be protected from Covid?”

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost too many lives and left many more grieving and dealing with the impact of long-term health conditions connected to the pandemic. There is a common feeling of anxiety when venturing out into the world because we can see that there are risks to our health that we’ve never had to worry about before. Many people want to know that their health is a priority when volunteering to join us on one of our medical mission trips.

Friends, we want to assure you that we hear you and we share your concerns. Covid is one thing that we at Mission Partners For Christ take very seriously.



We have done our due diligence to ensure that every person who travels with us will be safe on the trip. During Covid, we have gone on multiple mission trips that required testing before, during, and after the trip. Not one person has gotten infected during their time serving with us.

So today, let’s talk a bit about how we, as an organization, safeguard against infection.

We Listen to Health And Government Authorities

When preparing to travel abroad, we listen to the advice and requirements of our local health authorities who can advise us of the best way to protect ourselves from becoming sick with Covid.

We also pay close attention to the requirements of the countries we plan to visit. Since each nation has its own requirements with regard to Covid-19, it is important that we follow their requirements closely; some countries require testing on arrival and some require proof of vaccination.

Two of the resources we use, Sherpa and CDC, help us to stay informed as to the current state of the global pandemic in the nation that we are planning to travel to. We also get our information directly from the ministry of health of the nation we are planning to travel to.

Another helpful resource that we use is the Worldometer statistics website which keeps track of Covid-19 trends around the world. 

These resources help us to decide if a trip will be safe for our volunteers or if it is better to reschedule.

We Have Requirements For Our Volunteers To Follow

The first and best step in our Covid preparedness plan is to remind our volunteers that they can do a lot to protect themselves. In order to protect against potential Covid-19 infections, we require that our volunteers follow best practices as listed by organizations like the CDC.

Several examples that we ask of our volunteers are as listed:

– Finish their vaccine series at least 2 weeks before our travel date. We also recommend additional booster shots when available and recommended by health professionals. 

– Submitting documentation to Mission Partners For Christ that the vaccination requirement has been met. This is not only to meet legal requirements set forth by the countries we serve, it also provides assurance to the rest of our team that everyone is vaccinated. 
– Sign our waiver acknowledging the responsibility to monitor one’s own health and quarantine when necessary. This places the onus of responsibility back onto the individual team member to care for their own bodies and protect the rest of the team by not needlessly exposing them to possible infection. 

We Talk With Our Ministry Partners

One important part of our decision-making process is to remain in close contact with our ministry partners who are based in the communities we plan to serve. They are able to give us a better understanding of what is happening in the area. They can alert us as to the infection rate numbers within the community and what precautions they advise. We will also decide together if it is safe to travel in light of whatever the current Covid-19 situation might be.

To be perfectly transparent with you, reader, we will never make the call to travel when we believe that it is unsafe for us to do so. In the past couple of years, we have had to make the difficult choice to postpone trips due to infection rates. While we hate to have to make that call, we recognize the importance of prioritizing our team’s health.

If, at any time my in-country partner and I think we shouldn’t have a trip, we postpone it. - Sheri Postma



We also believe that God will re-open that door to travel back to these places when it is safer.

We Pray

This is the most important part of the process. We make a point to go to God in prayer. We ask for wisdom in making the best choice for our team and for the community we wish to serve. It is our deepest desire to go if it is at all possible.

Our founder, Sheri Postma had this to say,

The most important thing we do is PRAY! God is calling us to serve those with limited access to medical care and unreached with the gospel. We can trust that God will protect us from coming in contact with someone with covid.

Sheri Postma

Continuing to discuss the importance of why we must go when it is safe to travel, Sheri also says,

Poverty has risen significantly during the pandemic. Families have to make a decision about obtaining medication for their illness-malaria, high blood pressure, or feeding their family.  During each of our trips, we bring a great deal of medication but most importantly we provide very necessary health education. Medical missions is needed more now than ever before.

Sheri Postma

Will You Join Us?

Knowing that we will prioritize your health and safety on our medical mission trips, we hope that you will consider joining us on an upcoming medical mission trip.

Our next trip to Ethiopia is already booked up. However, we have another trip coming up in February to a country called Guinea.  During our time in Guinea, we will serve in 4 different areas amongst this people group. We will provide screenings, treatment, and health education.  We pray that they see the love of Jesus and through this outreach, many will be saved. The deadline to apply for this trip is November 12, 2022 – and is sure to fill up fast. Don’t miss out.


Click here to apply.

If you are unable to make it to Guinea with us, never fear! You can still join us on a medical mission trip. We have a few more trips planned for the 2023/2024 season, several of these trips were rescheduled from early on in the pandemic. Keep your eyes peeled to our website and our social media accounts for more information!

How To Be Bold In Your Faith

How To Be Bold In Your Faith

You can be bold in your faith. Yes, you who are reading this right now!

Perhaps you feel like you can never live up to the lives seen in missionaries throughout history or those whose unfailing belief in God has been praised throughout the pages of the Bible. Perhaps you find yourself wondering, “why would God ever choose to use someone like me?”

When you think of medical missionaries or missionary work in general, do you assume they are born very courageous? That they have received an impartation of boldness that others have not? This is not necessarily the case all the time, although God definitely is faithful to answer the prayers of those who ask for His help. So when someone needs more help and asks, they will receive it–especially when they are doing something that reaches people who need to know Jesus! People who do Christian-based service dedicate themselves to serving God on the mission field. They also push through fears and difficulties that may produce changes within them that strengthen their beliefs. But even if you are not a medical missions volunteer yet, this is also true of your life. You can learn to be bold too.

You Have Authority Over Fear

All believers have been given authority over fear. They can choose to walk in the hope of the Lord. Not only when they do their usual activities, but also when they arrive in a new territory. There can be areas of life in that new territory that God plans to use to stretch our faith. Any place we already have a history with Him–or don’t–is fair game. He loves us and also ultimately wants us to be like Him. God can use difficulties and new events in our lives to help us grow in faith, wisdom, experience, and confidence. Having scripture in our hearts can also help.

Scriptures to Encourage You to Be Bold in Your Faith

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (ESV)

God is faithful to respond to us when we pray. Sometimes He responds even when we do not know what words to pray. He is our deliverer, bringing clarity and peace with Him.

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” Romans 8:15 (ESV)

We are able to call upon our heavenly Father when we are in trouble or about anything concerning us. He is our Father–that means something. He is also God…and that means a lot too! With God on our side, we can do all that we are meant to do.

Hebrews

The entire book of Hebrews is dedicated to the topic of faith, and is contains many good words to keep planted in your heart and mind. Any of the books of the New Testament books of the Bible that talk about the travels and trials of the apostles and new disciples of Christ are encouraging as well. We get to read what they went through, to an extent, and see the way they spoke of themselves, one another, God, and more.

You Can Do Difficult Things

It’s true–you can do difficult things. We are created to be amazingly resilient people who face challenges every day. As we build up more of a history with God, we get to see scene by scene that we are capable of so much more than we might have ever thought possible. It’s all through Christ that we do these things, and that is who empowers us. With God behind it all, you can be bold in your faith. If you want to become a medical missions volunteer, know that it is important work to God, and He will help you when this is part of the purpose of your life.

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Three Reasons You Should Go On A Medical Missions Trip

Three Reasons You Should Go On A Medical Missions Trip

Most of us who have spent any real amount of time within the Christian tradition understand that missions and evangelism are a cornerstone of our faith. We have heard the sermons and the calls for people to staff short-term mission trips our entire time within the church. Many of us have grown up admiring the missionaries who went before us like Gladys Aylward and Jim Elliot. To imagine a church without missions is nearly impossible.

But why do we do it? Why do we bother with Medical Mission trips? do Christians send out teams throughout the year to go to every corner of our own country as well as countries around the world? The work is hard, there are language barriers, cultural barriers, and all kinds of things that would prevent people of lesser convictions from going. Yet, we still go. Why?

Well, let’s talk about that.

We Go To Tell People About Jesus

It’s hard for us to imagine here in the USA that there are entire people groups alive today who have never heard the name, “Jesus” mentioned in their presence. There are adults who have grown up and had children and grandchildren who have never heard about what Jesus has done for them and their loved ones. We go to share the gospel with them so that they can rejoice and worship the Lord with us.

In a recent Facebook Live video, our founder, Sheri Postma, spoke about the importance of Medical Mission trips to spread the gospel. She said, “Can you imagine never hearing the gospel message? Never to have heard about Jesus? Can you believe that in this year of 2022, there are people around the world who have never heard the gospel message?”


This is why we go.

We go because we cannot wrap our minds around never hearing the gospel. We know how much peace and comfort it brings to our lives to be able to go to God in prayer, to cast all our cares upon Him, and to be able to worship Him. 

If we could bring that joy to just one other person, why would we not go?

We Go To Share the Love of God

Mission trips aren’t just about sharing the gospel with those who need Jesus, it is also about living out the gospel. It is not enough to simply tell someone that Jesus loves them and died for them, we also have to show them that this love is real in the way that we behave and in how we serve and minister to them.

Mission Partners For Christ exists to fill a very real need in this world. Our organization was created because there are entire people groups all over the world who lack adequate access to healthcare. We go to show them that God doesn’t just care about their souls, He cares about their bodies, their health, and their well-being.

We partner with organizations all over the world to ensure that the under-served populations that we are ministering to will have access to professionals like eye doctors and dentists as well as techs, pharmacists, doctors, and nurses of all specialties. For some people, it may be the first time in their lives that they will be interacting with a medical professional.

In this very real way, we are sharing the love of our wonderful Savior with others. The good news isn’t just soul-saving, it is life-changing.

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We Go Because The Bible Tells Us To Go

The Bible tells us very clearly that we, the believers and the holders of the Good News, have a duty to share it with the world rather than hold it close to ourselves.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”

Matthew 28:16-20

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans 10:14-15

How Can You Get Involved?

Now that you’ve read about all the reasons why we go, perhaps you find yourself thinking, “I want to go preach the gospel and share the love of Christ with those who need it the most! But where do I start?”

Good news – Mission Partners for Christ can use your help as we work to ensure that every soul has the chance to meet Jesus. 

We have several ways for you to get involved in sharing the gospel and the love of Christ with unreached people groups. You can donate, join our prayer team, or volunteer to join us in the mission field.

Would you like to join us on our next medical mission trip? You can check out our latest opportunities to serve by clicking here. We hope to see you soon!

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Have you learned something new in today’s post? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

9 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Medical Mission Team

9 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Medical Mission Team

There are many things to consider before joining a non-profit on a medical mission outreach.

There is no question about it; missionaries have one of the best jobs on the planet. There’s so. much to it:  travel, adventure, meeting new people, learning new things, and broadening one’s horizons. Deciding to travel abroad on an outreach project as a Christian can be the best experience of your life, but you definitely want to know what you’re getting into and what’s required before taking the leap! Here are some questions to ask a non-profit before you commit to joining them on a mission trip:

1. What’s the location?

It may seem obvious to ask about the location of the medical mission trip you want to go on, but the details can often be overlooked! You will want to know how many clinics will be held during the mission trip.  You will also want to know if there will be additional travel involved in getting to the clinic sites. Don’t forget to ask where those sites are, and how many days each clinic will last.

2. Are there missionaries already working there?

Not only is it good to connect with other Christians in the area, but establishing a network of contacts can be extremely helpful Being able to have contact with any missionaries that are already serving where you want to serve prior to traveling can be a great resource in preparing for your trip. It is also a good idea to establish a relationship with them before you arrive. If there are people already there, who can be of assistance, be sure to ask for their names and contact information.

3. What will the weather be like?

Knowing what the weather will be like when you will be traveling to an area can make or break your trip. You definitely want to be prepared with proper clothing in the event you show up during rainy season!

4. What type of travel is involved?

While you can count on a long flight to an overseas medical outreach, you will want to know what type of travel will be involved once you arrive. Make sure to ask how far you will have to travel from the airport, what method you will be traveling, as well as the road conditions if applicable.

5. What will the accommodations be like?

Knowing where you will be staying and what amenities are available are all important things to know. You’ll want to know whether you will have your own room or share, if a bed will be provided, whether there will be electricity and running water, and how far you will be from the outreach site. Additionally, be sure to ask if accommodations will cost extra, as sometimes they aren’t included in the cost of your trip.

6.  What language will primarily be spoken?

Knowing what language will primarily be spoken where you are serving can help you prepare for your trip. You will also want to know if translators will be provided and whether there will be an additional cost for them.

7.  Are visas required?

Many medical mission outreaches require a visa, and there is often an additional cost for this. Make sure to find out how to obtain this in time for your trip, as well as any costs involved.

8. Are meals provided?

Having to pay for meals can drive the cost of your trip up significantly depending on where you are serving. Be sure to ask before hand whether all meals will be provided in the initial cost of your trip. If not, find out what the average cost of meals are, as well as the availability and average cost for bottled water.

9. Is this a safe area to serve?

Some areas of the world will definitely be more safe than others. Be sure to find out how safe the area you will be serving in will be. If it is a riskier area, find out what measures will be in place to ensure safety (i.e. a security team and/or crowd control). While this list definitely doesn’t cover all of the questions you could ask before committing to a medical mission outreach, we think it is a good start. What else would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments! And if you want to learn more about our organization and our upcoming trips, be sure to check out our volunteer page.
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How To Support The Missionary In Your Life

How To Support The Missionary In Your Life

There are seasons in every Christian life that might see us going out into the world to share the love of Jesus, and there are seasons where we might be called to stay home while others go. For those of us that remain behind, it is important to note that we are still called to serve. But our service might look different than the missionary in Africa. 

Our service might appear to be quieter, but it is certainly no less significant. For every missionary called abroad, many more of us are called to work that is just as important: supporting the people in our lives as they serve on their mission trips.

Support comes in many different forms. Today, I want us to look at a few ways we can support the missionaries in our lives.

Pray

We often hear the phrase, there is power in prayer. While we believe there is power, it isn’t in the prayer itself, it is in the God to whom we pray. This is the God who shaped the universe, set each star in its proper place, and crafted the mountains. This same God not only created you, me, and every human being throughout history, but He also ordained the times and places in which we would live so that we might find Him (Acts 17:26-27)

It is this God that people serve when they embark on their mission trips. They seek to bring His truth to those who need it the most and to love them in action as they live out the gospel. Remembering them in prayer as they do this important work is to hold them in your hearts and to connect to their work in the best possible way.

Sherry Postma, Mission Partners For Christ

Help With Fundraising and Communication

This is an often overlooked area for many Christ servants who need support from their loved ones and their communities.

Samuel Werner, guest posting on Sharon K Hoover’s blog, wrote about the importance of assisting missionaries with things like setting up websites, creating fundraisers, tracking donations, etc… Most who choose to serve have limited time to keep track of updating supporters or fundraising. Taking a little time out of your day, week, or month to assist them with these things would be a greatly supported gesture.

Werner says,

“A huge help for me in the past was I had someone help me with my mailing newsletters. I would send them an email with the writing and a few pictures. They’d take it and form a pretty little newsletter to send out to my supporters. They’d even keep track of the mailing list for me. That was a HUGE blessing.  There is a lot more to being a missionary than just ministry. Offer your services. Just ask, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”

Samuel Werner

Do you have organizational skills or the ability to help set up a GoFundMe? You can put those skills to work by supporting your missionary loved one.

Give Generously

This is perhaps the most common way to support those who are sent out into the world to share the love and gospel of Jesus. But it remains one of the most important forms of support. Without the generosity of believers, like yourself, many mission trips just could never happen. It costs money to travel. It costs money for lodging. It costs money for supplies.

Arrange Housing For Furloughs

For those who serve on a full-time basis, furloughs are a big part of their work. Popular to popular opinion, furloughs aren’t just a break from being in the mission field, although that can be part of it. Furloughs are also important for recruiting new people to the team, fundraising, and more.

Dr. Don Sisk explained how furloughs are often misunderstood in his Ministry 127 blog post from 2014,

“Even though it is good to separate for a time, furlough is not vacation. I remember my wife Virginia sharing a conversation that she had with a pastor’s wife during our first furlough. The pastor’s wife said to her, “I wish my husband got a year of vacation after every four years.” Most of the time, a furlough schedule bears little resemblance to a vacation since missionaries must travel from city to city visiting potential supporting churches or participating in mission conferences.”

Dr. Don Sisk

Often, those who return home on furlough, need someone to help them secure housing for themselves and their family for the length of their stay. As you can imagine, this can be a difficult task when you’re not even in the same country where you will need to find a home. This is where the support of their loved ones and community can be extremely helpful. You can check out potential rentals on their behalf or you can go through your own list of contacts to see if anyone has room to spare.

Perhaps you, yourself, have a guest house or spare room and can offer to host?

Stay in Contact With Loved Ones Serving On A Medical Mission Trip

Being a missionary can be rewarding work in many ways, and yet it can also be lonely and exhausting. Hearing from loved ones back home can be a great way to feel supported while in the mission field. Just knowing that your community is remembering to include you, in some way, in their lives is a great encouragement.

This can include letters, video chats, care packages, and more. Even picking up the phone to send a quick, “thinking of you” text is sure to bring a smile to the face of your beloved missionary.

Hear Directly From Those Who Serve

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) created their own video back in April 2020 to discuss what ways of receiving support from their communities have been most meaningful for them. Take a look now in their video, “How To Support A Missionary Without Money”

YWAM: Free Ways Ro Support A Missionary

Did you learn something new about how to support the missionaries in your life? Leave us a note in the comments and let us know!