Global Health Update: Medical Mission Teams Are Needed More Than Ever

Global Health Update: Medical Mission Teams Are Needed More Than Ever

Although the world has spent much of the last year focused on COVID-19, we are just now beginning to see the data on how the pandemic has impacted our most vulnerable communities. 

In short, the report is not good. World health experts are reporting that the impact of the pandemic varies widely depending on the income level of the people in that community. Many of the communities we serve, often the most impoverished with grossly under-served medical needs,  have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. 

Which means that now, more than ever, the work we do can make a huge difference for the people we treat at our free medical clinics. 

 

Here are just a few of the reasons Mission Partners is committed to continuing efforts to provide free medical care in underserved communities: 

1. “Healthcare disruptions due to COVID-19 could reverse decades of improvements, the UN says. This could result in hundreds of thousands of additional under-five deaths this year.” (source)  
More boots on the ground are needed to shore up medical providers in overwhelmed communities. Short term medical mission trips like the ones we create provide basic treatment, education, and preventative care. This free care lessens the financial burden on individuals who need it.

 

2. “Over 40% of countries have fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 people.” (source)
There simply are not enough providers to meet the healthcare needs of people in the impoverished areas our teams visit. Short term medical mission teams can provide much needed support whole longer term initiatives work to solve the lack of provider problem. Our medical teams can lighten the load of the local healthcare providers allowing them to stretch their resources further.

 

3. “The latest World Health Organization (WHO) ‘pulse survey’,1 conducted in almost 135 countries, shows that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to severely disrupt the delivery of health services – with services for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) disrupted in 44% of countries.” (source)
NTDs are a group of parasitic, viral, and bacterial diseases that impact large numbers of people living well below the poverty line. The often painful and easily spread diseases can make it hard to work, farm, or attend school. The WHO and other health experts have targeted efforts to reduce NTDs because of the direct connection between these illnesses and poverty. The COVID-19 travel bans and overwhelmed health system have hampered efforts to stop NTDs.

4. “The pandemic is estimated to have driven between 119 and 124 million more people into extreme poverty last year.” (source)
More people falling into extreme poverty means a greater number of people at risk for chronic illness due to lack of affordable and accessible medical care. While we cannot fix the problem of extreme poverty, we can offer support to those facing it by offering free care at our clinics. Our teams partner with local organizations who can continue to offer additional support to our patients long after our teams return to the US.

 

5. “The World Meteorological Organization reported that 2020 was one of the hottest years on record during the hottest decade on record. Not only do these disasters affect food security and nutrition, but regions with high food insecurity are also facing significant health challenges from preventable diseases.” (source

Food insecurity increases the likelihood of malnutrition and related health conditions. Our teams provide screening, treatment, nutritional education, and supplements to those who need them. The local organizations we partner with also continue to bolsters the community with nutritional education and support as food insecurity increases.

 

The needs are significant but with faithful medical mission team volunteers and generous donors like you we will continue to  partner with local organizations to provide medical care, education, and preventative treatment in under-served communities.

 

Can we count on your support? Click here to give or click here to find out more about our next trip.

 

Be Bold In Your Faith

Be Bold In Your Faith

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

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 missions work dedicate themselves to serving God on the missions field. They also push through fears and difficulties that may produce changes within them that strengthen their faith. But even if you are not a medical missions volunteer yet, this is also true of your life. You can learn to be bold in your faith too.

You Have Authority Over Fear

All believers have been given authority over fear. They can choose to walk in faith. 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.


World Malaria Day 2021

World Malaria Day 2021

World Malaria Day is April 25th of this year, and we want to spread awareness about the continuing world health crisis of malaria. Lots of regions globally are populated by people living near or on the travel route toward a major water source. Many sources of water attract disease-carrying mosquitoes. This includes stagnant water, ponds, factory run-off, water cans, rivers, and more. Every water source is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes–particularly those carrying malaria parasites.

According to WHO (2017), of 219 million global cases of malaria, about 92% are in African countries. In some of those countries, sprays are available for use inside their homes. Many people in African countries sleep beneath an insecticide net. Others receive anti-malarial medication. These preventive treatments are not widely available for all people though–especially not the sprays, which can be expensive over time. Many children and adults who fall ill with malaria will then need to be tested and treated for it. Access to this medical care often does not adequately cover the needs of a region. Without treatment and prevention, sometimes there are malaria deaths and secondary illnesses or injuries due to malaria, such as blindness or brain damage.

World Malaria Day Increases Awareness

How does sharing information about malaria help? It increases awareness. The more we learn about a condition that may impact people in regions where we serve–or ourselves here at home–the better we can support one another’s health goals. Many living in the United States live in communities that employ trained workers who spray or set traps for mosquitoes. These employees also work on culverts, check for and warn against standing water in public spaces or yards, and do other things to help quell mosquito breeding.

We may enjoy going outdoors for fun and recreation quite often. It is generally easy for us to plan on wearing a special lotion or mosquito spray, burning citronella candles, or hanging up a zapper in the yard. This is a routine in other countries too, but due to wars, epidemics, or other causes, not every region of the world currently has the infrastructure to regularly support these efforts.

There is Hope

Malaria is potentially a curable disease, but it is also largely preventable with access to the right supplies and education. There is currently a pan-African effort to increase awareness and lessen the spread of malaria. Zero Malaria Starts With Me is a campaign created to educate youth and adults about malaria. People of all ages and backgrounds, including religious leaders and students, volunteer in this program.

Medical missions volunteers also often play a role in helping many people receive malaria treatment and prevention techniques. Interested in becoming a medical missions volunteer? Reach out to Mission Partners for Christ on our website or via Facebook and Instagram.

How We Mission: 2021 Trip to Burundi

How We Mission: 2021 Trip to Burundi

Have you been hearing us talk about the 2021 trip to Burundi and wondering how to go with us?

If so, you are in the right place to learn more about the 2021 trip to Burundi!

Our trip to Burundi, one of the smallest countries in Africa, will be 7/9-7/19. The majority of the population lives in rural areas which has led to deforestation (overpopulation), soil erosion and habitat loss.  Burundians experience a great deal of poverty, corruption, poor access to healthcare, education and hunger. In fact, the World Happiness Report of 2018 ranked Burundi as the world’s least happy nation. Join us on this medical mission trip as we bring joy and the love of Jesus to the people of Burundi. 

Here is a list of facts about the 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 the 2021 trip to Burundi? Do I have to pay the entire amount to secure my spot?

The cost for our Burundi 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 4/9/21, and the rest is due by 6/11/21. Additionally, there is a $100 application fee.

What does this trip’s cost 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 the 2021 trip to Burundi?

For liability purposes, you must be 18 years or older to participate in the 2021 trip to Burundi.

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 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 the 2021 trip to Burundi?

All participants need to provide a passport with 2 blank pages and at least 6 months expiration date past return date of trip (1/20/21), a clear color copy of your passport, 2 additional passport photos, and a visa. (This will be discussed during our first team meeting).

Doctors and dentists must provide a clear copy of their medical degrees, certificate or evidence of completing internships, CV, a reference letter from employer, and a copy of their 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 visas. We also recommend you consider getting 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 you sign a waiver.

I need help raising funds for the 2021 trip to Burundi. Can you help me?

Yes! Check out this blog post and this one 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W907K9k5KXo

You can also learn more about us on our About page and our FAQ page.

Where can I find your application for this trip?

You can find the application for the 2021 trip to Burundi on this page. The deadline to begin the application process is April 5.

I can’t attend the 2021 trip to Burundi, 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 2021 trip to Burundi, and we hope you will join us next July! Click here to submit your application.

2021 Trip to Burundi
Encourage Medical Missionaries of the Future

Encourage Medical Missionaries of the Future

Have you considered how you–a current medical missionary–might encourage medical missionaries of the future? The pandemic has not ended our ability to reach people globally and participate in making a difference! We are blessed to be a blessing in many ways over the last year. This mercy and grace is continual.

Current medical missionaries might not yet be going on as many trips, but are still able to communicate with organizations and people in some of those places or help raise funds or donate supplies that support training doctors, staff, and patients in places where there is a lack of basic medical care. They are still able to prepare for a future trip and stay updated on things related to where they are going.

There are other things that current medical missions volunteers can do as well! We would like to share with you three things you can do to encourage medical missionaries of the future.

Be An Advocate

There might be medical residents who have not been a regular part of their faith community since they started to learn and practice, but they dig in and their faith deepens. As this happens, they seek new ways to give back to the world. Or there could be a registered nurse who has just moved to your city and is looking for an extra way to be plugged-in to a new volunteer opportunity. A newly certified medical aide might be unaware of how they can volunteer or participate in medical missions trips. A current medical missions volunteer like you could advocate for global medical care issues.

You can shine a light on the different ways these medical missions volunteers of the future could be a part of the changes they are eager to see. Your advocacy may encourage medical missionaries to seek out organizations where they can volunteer sooner rather than later!

Share Your Testimonies

Your testimonies can be the spark that lights up what is already in the heart of future medical missionaries who are not even grown up yet. Your compassion and dedication shines bright when you share the good things you have seen or heard. Not only that, but the glory of the gospel of Jesus is highlighted. Your words encourage those who have dreamed of becoming a doctor, nurse, medical aide, counselor, or being part of some kind of medical missions team, and stir up the faith of everyone who hears you. You could blog, ask for permission to share about things that have changed since your last trip in church, or find other creative ways to share your testimonies as part of your regular day. You could do something similar to what we do on our Facebook page, and post live videos sharing good news and prayers.

Educate

As medical care professionals and volunteers, there are things you stay updated about on a regular basis that other people might not. You could provide education about some of those things in a way that brings hope and clarity to people who might one day become a medical care professional or volunteer. What you share about malaria in a region where there is a lack of access to basic health care could stay on the heart of a person who is thinking about going back to medical school now that their children are grown up. Or someone who is considering which medical field to go into might be moved to hear about how some in hard-to-reach places are accessing glasses or dental work. You never know who might benefit from a bit of news that you share.

Mercy and grace are experienced every time there is a miracle in someone’s life. It is certainly a miracle any time someone receives much-needed basic medical care when they previously could not. It is also a miracle when someone decides to become a medical professional because they heard the story of someone like you. Or because they experienced the compassion of someone like you on the job.

Would You Like to Learn More?

Are you interested in learning more about our current upcoming 2021 trip to Benin? The date has changed to November 6-15, 2021, so there is plenty of time to sign up if you have considered it. If you would like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ, we’d love to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Once you decide you want to learn more and you go through the process of signing up and preparing to go, you will be so excited and joyful about the work you may do, that you wish the first day would arrive. Multiple things in life may compete for your focus till then. We would like to share three ways to focus on things of good report that will help keep the joy and excitement fresh while we wait.

Whatever is True, Whatever is Noble

Philippians 4:8 is one of the most encouraging Bible verses. It contains so much simple wisdom we can continue following every day.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

When we consider what we do as medical missions volunteers through the perspective of “whatever is true, whatever is noble”, we find we are able to think upon what God is doing already that we don’t know that is of good report. He has always done amazing things for us and with us. We can turn our focus to the opportunities around us to do good. Also, we can be thankful for the many ways we will get to serve again as we hope to one day.

Whatever is Pure, Whatever is Lovely

Medical professionals and volunteers are not immune to having a bad day. Everyone experiences moments of being annoyed or tired, for example, especially when multiple things simultaneously go differently than planned.

Before you are under such pressure is a great time to think about what strategies you might employ. Think of it like a tool in your self-care kit. One way to do this is that when ugly thoughts enter your mind, immediately evict them with opposing thoughts of what is pure and what is lovely.

For example, if you are working and suddenly find yourself concerned about how long it is taking to receive your passport in the mail, think about how wonderful it will be to present your new passport to the ticket agent one day. Think of the smiling face of a patient who has just received a good report. Consider the people in a community washing their hands in clean new water. There is so much good news to take note of each day!

Whatever is Admirable

The new year has begun, and with it come new opportunities to grow and use your gifts to spread the good news of Jesus and help provide basic health care in places where people are unable to access it. You can do this at home or where you work while you wait to go on a medical missions trip. All around you are valuable ways to make a difference. You can partner with someone who is already in another country, donate to them, help them brainstorm, or partner with people who are doing this too. You can donate to nearby groups or causes, volunteer to help someone where you are, start a blog, or do many things!

We believe every person has so much valuable experience to share, and we are thankful if you are interested in volunteering with us. We’ve seen many good things happen! Also, we are thankful for you however you join our endeavors to bring health, hope, and healing to parts of the world where people are unable to obtain basic medical care. While some difficult things such as COVID-19 are going on in the world today, there are also many good things going on in the world today too! It’s a big decision at times to focus on things of good report, but if you choose it, it’s also truly amazing! It will positively impact your life and the lives of others forever.

Want to stay updated and encouraged by live testimonies and hope-filled posts? The Mission Partners For Christ Facebook page is updated daily with new things!