The Adventure of a Lifetime

The Adventure of a Lifetime

The adventure of a lifetime

The adventure of a lifetime often begins with a vision and a decision from the heart covered in prayer. Whether it’s for your community or another region of the world, we often dream of meaningfully impacting the others’ lives.

Mission Partners for Christ grew out of a desire to see our global neighbors potentially know of Christ’s love for them, and be able to live healthy lives through access to free medical care. The then future founder went on her first medical missions trip and encountered enormous need in different regions of the world. Soon Mission Partners for Christ was born.

Where hope and faith have taken us over the years

Each team member who has ever volunteered has been to many places around the world and in their own communities. We have our eyes on the eternal, the future of those we serve, and on the “right now” of each person too. Through partnership with other like-minded organizations, we help make good health possible for people in remote places, places impacted by violence and war, and other serious issues. Every person we serve is special–precious in God’s sight and in ours.

We have been to Liberia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and more. In 2021, we are going to Burundi, Benin, and Central Africa. The adventure of a lifetime has taken us to many places where we at first hoped and prayed to go.

While there are other ways we assist with meeting those needs, such as paying for shipments of supplies or working closely with organizations in other countries to bring solar-powered wells to remote communities, there are set things we offer each time we go on a medical missions trip too.  For example, we offer foods that supplement the nutrition of those we serve in the medical clinics or elsewhere. So much more.

How do we get there from here?

Mission Partners for Christ is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization supported greatly in part through donations and volunteers. We could not do this all by ourselves. There is much work to be done. Planning and coordinating 3-5 medical missions trips per year. Growing in relationship with our partners here and around the world. Even more!

Many people like you support us other ways too. Some reach out to us and find out how to organize prayer groups or individually pray for us. Others ask what are some of our greatest needs. We have volunteers in the medical field who give from the heart their time and skills. Some help fundraise for their family members and friends who are going on trips with us. We appreciate everything–we thank you for helping us to “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.” (Romans 12:9-13)

There are other ways to support Mission Partners for Christ

We at Mission Partners for Christ are thankful we can be a part of a medical missions ministry that serves thousands of people in regions of the world where medical care is at times difficult to obtain due to war, violence, access to resources, or other reasons. Through partnership with other ministries and organizations, volunteers, and generous donors like you, we are able to continue serving each year.

When you go to our website’s Donate page, you’ll find there are different giving levels.

One is The Nutritionist. At the $25 per month Nutritionist giving level, we are able to provide chewable vitamins for every child on one of our mission trips. At the Nurse giving level, which is $50 per month, we are able to provide up to 333 treatments for infection on one of our medical mission trips. 

The $75 per month Cobbler giving level provides 60 children with their first pair of shoes. The $100 per month Protector giving level provides malaria medication needed to treat malaria on our medical missions trips. One health care professional’s medical missions trip is funded at the Benefactor level of $200 per month,

As always, there are options to give in any other amount you want to give too! Giving is easy. You can give one time or you can give monthly. We are thankful for however you choose to give. Your gift helps us share about Jesus in places that may be unreached, and offer free medical care to those who may lack access to it.

We are thankful

We are thankful now and every day of the year for the ability to do what we do. Your support–in any form that you are able to–is always appreciated.

Whether you one day join us on a medical missions trip, pray for us, give financially, help us partner with other organizations for future trips, help your friend or family member fundraise for their trips–whichever ways you support us–we are grateful.

Thank you!

Would you like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ? You are welcome to visit and follow our Facebook page, Mission Partners for Christ, and also to go to our website, Mission Partners for Christ, to learn how you can be part of what we are doing in this season.

 

Celebrating New Wells in Burundi

Celebrating New Wells in Burundi

Celebrating new wells in Burundi

Celebrating new wells in Burundi! Though COVID-19 may have changed our plans to go to Burundi this year, it could not stop this new beautiful reason to rejoice: clean water from new wells in a remote village in Burundi.

How we got started on this project 

About 18 months ago, we started communicating with the national director of an established organization that is truly invested in the communities where they serve. We discovered they served in parts of Burundi that have limited access to medical care. 

Originally we agreed to go with a medical team to serve there, but due to the global COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on travel this year, the trip has been rescheduled. However, we continued talking with the director there of that organization in Burundi, and found out that there was no clean water nearby for the people in the region we had planned to visit. This was concerning to us, as water is important for one’s health. 

Four new wells 

We agreed to partner with the organization in Burundi on a solar-powered well project. Four new wells were installed in four parts of Burundi. We are happy to announce the communities have been using them for a little over a week! 

People who live in remote villages often must walk a long way to where they can obtain water. Then they carry it home. Placing a well in these four new locations provides a new water source for 780 families in Northern Burundi. Children who could not go to school due to concerns about COVID-19 can now go because they have access to clean water.

The people rejoice

You can see in the video from Mission Partners for Christ’s Facebook page that the people are happy. May this new water be a huge blessing in their lives, providing them with good water to drink, cook, clean, and be healthy. We rejoice with you and keep you in our prayers!

Would you like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ? You can find out how to join us on our trip to Burundi on our website. We look forward to partnering with you!

Serving with Care During COVID-19

Serving with Care During COVID-19

Serving With Care

We serve with care on all medical missions trips and in all our partnership actions, whether it is during a worldwide pandemic or a regionally located crisis. Mission Partners for Christ and our partners are comprised of medical staff and volunteers, as well as other professionals and members of communities. Also we are covered in prayer by many church groups, community members, and readers like you who choose to partner with us in that way. Prayer is a wonderful way to get involved.

Your donations also help us to purchase quality medicines, supplies, and other items needed for our medical missions work. We appreciate the many ways you help us to be serving with care. If you have never been on a medical missions trip overseas, and wonder what it might be like, we want to let you in on some of the ways we are able to do this. 

Patients

Patient safety means the world to us too, as medical professionals and believers in Christ. Each person who comes to us for medical help receives the best possible care. So although we might be in different spaces than where we usually might work, we are still observing the highest standards of universal health precautions. Supplies are shipped, supplied to us through partnerships, or bring with us the very items we will need to compassionately provide good health care services.

Actually, we are often blessed to be able to leave surplus behind for the local doctors and clinics to use when we go, and to give certain types of items to patients and their families for their use when they go home. We make sure each patient receives post-care instructions they can understand. This helps them maintain their good progress. We share the gospel in different ways when we go too. Not only in what we do, say, or give, but how we do these things.

Volunteers 

At Mission Partners for Christ, we take safety seriously. Though we go into potentially dangerous regions, as well as places where Christians sometimes encounter danger for speaking openly about Christ, certain practices and policies are in place to help us all stay together and safe. When you volunteer with us, we share more with you about the different standards and guidelines that help us work together safely. There are some things you can go to our website and preview too. Though we cannot travel yet, there are still some ways you can prepare to serve during this season.

Traveling With Care

We observe the laws of the lands we are visiting, and the regulations of specific regions too. Our passports and vaccinations are up-to-date, for example. If you are someone who plans to travel with us, or you think you might, now is a great time to begin getting started on renewing your passport or obtaining your first one, if your passport is outdated or you do not have one yet. We comply with all government guidelines as well as recognized universal health practices or guidelines.    

At this time in 2020, we have been unable to travel due to passports not being issued during the worldwide pandemic, but hopefully this is changing soon. When it does, we will continue to observe the best standards of preventing spread of disease and while serving with care. We are getting ready now to go. It’s good to check on the website to see what vaccinations you may need, as it can take time for you to set up an appointment for the right vaccines. It’s well worth it so that you’ll be ready to travel with us when we are able to go on the trip to Benin! 

Would You Like to Learn More?

We’d love to answer your questions about how to get involved in serving with care too. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sharing About Your Missions Trip When You Return

Sharing About Your Missions Trip When You Return

Sharing about your missions trip is a wonderful way to ignite a flame of inspiration that burns year-round

Whether you are a seasoned medical missions trip volunteer or about to go on your very first medical missions trip, one of the things you might be looking forward to doing once you are home is sharing about your missions trip.

There may be people in your church, workplace, family, peer group, or general community who are unaware of the different ways medical missions teams help or where we go. Some might be people who would be inspired to do more in their communities, homes or even overseas, when they hear about your story of how God moved through what you and your team did together with the people who were served. There are different things you can do to make it easier to share your story once you return home. We hope these three things will inspire you now, during the trip, and afterward.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is a brilliant way to have a record of the situations you encountered and how you worked through anything particularly challenging, how God was with you or someone else, and various other things like time spent with new friends or insightful moments and prayers. 

The act of writing before, during, and after the trip may serve to collect your thoughts, memories, and ideas into one central place where you can return to again to read and reflect or be inspired. It can serve as a note for future family members to read one day and get a glimpse of what it was like to serve as a medical missions volunteer. What you write in your journal can become a sort of “first draft” of what you will share with people in your church or community. 

Some good “before” trip journal posts could be questions or things you would like to notice or learn about while on the trip. During the trip, since you will be focused on serving more, you could jot down more of what you experience. Then after the trip, you could write about what you experienced and possibly also what you learned or what you would like to share with others.

Take lots of good pictures 

While you are on your medical missions trip, you may want to take lots of good pictures. If that sounds like you who enjoys having photographs to remember where you have been and who you have met, consider bringing a camera, batteries, charger, or battery pack with travel adapter (if needed). 

Though you will be working quite a bit of the time, there will be moments to snap photos of buildings, landscape, animals and plants, and you with your new friends and team members. This is a really fun part of it–all the people! Make sure you’re in some of the photos too. When you take photos, you will want to be mindful of privacy and how the photos will represent everyone involved in a respectful way. Your group leader is able to help you know if there are any other guidelines to observe. 

When you have lots of pictures, you will be able to remember the faces of the people you may write back to, the places you have been, and refer to it even years later when you want to pray for them or remember. Sometimes teams or individuals put all the photos together for use  in sharing about your missions trip to churches and other groups.   

Stay updated on the news of your team and new friends

Another great way to share about your missions trip is to stay updated on news of any changes or breakthroughs for your new friends overseas. When it is not unwise to do so, you can share the updates with loved ones, friends, or other members of your community–particularly those who already have expressed interest. People may hear the updates and praise God or go into prayer for them. They might also be inspired to one day go on a medical missions trip or somehow serve in a new way. You will have a friendship with someone who may also enjoy hearing about you.

Would you like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ? You are welcome to visit and follow our Facebook page, Mission Partners for Christ, where we share encouraging posts and information. You could also head over to the FAQs page of this blog.

Getting Ready to Travel

Getting Ready to Travel

Getting ready to travel with us?

It’s October 2020 now and the Mission Partners for Christ trip to Benin is coming up in February 2021–about five months away. You may have already begun to prepare by getting your vaccinations and passport updated. But if you have not yet, or this is your first trip or even if you haven’t gone on a trip in a long time, you will need certain things as you are getting ready to travel.

Updating Your Passports

As always when traveling out of the country, we each need to have updated passports so that everyone will be able to secure the right visas and show proper identification for authorities in the countries we travel through or enter. Passports are usually good for a specific period of time, so you will want to find your passport if you already have one and check the expiration date. It needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the intended dates of your trip. The Benin trip is from February 27 to March 8, so your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of your trip.

Many countries have their own 6-month rules and you could be denied entry to a country we pass through if your passport is not good for at least 6 months after March 8. If you were over 16 when it was first issued, it was good for only 5 years, so it’s important to check the date, because it’s easy to forget when you have not used it in a while. Some travel experts even suggest that if your passport expires within a year (12 months), to go ahead and start the renewal process.

Starting the Process as Soon as Possible

Due to delays this year in the government agencies that issue passports, you will need to allow for more time to pass to receive your updated passport, as passport agencies complete applications from spring and summer of this year. Many people are reporting that there is about a 10-week wait. With this uncertain wait time, it is worth your while to go ahead and mail in your passport now if you want to be sure it’s updated in time for the upcoming trip.

You will also want to get your yellow fever vaccination and any other vaccinations recommended by your doctor. This is not a vaccination available at all doctor’s offices, so now is the best time to begin calling and finding the closest location where you can be vaccinated. You can find your closest location here at this CDC-hosted page.

Getting Ready Now Will Give You Peace of Mind

As with any trip overseas, getting ready to travel as early in advance as possible gives you more peace of mind because you know all your papers are in order, your vaccinations are taken care of, and anything else needed within a certain time frame is completed. You will have more time to pray, share the news with your family and friends, and do anything else you would like to do before going on the trip. 

Are you curious about Mission Partners for Christ or our upcoming trip to Benin? We’d love to answer your questions about how to get involved in serving with care too. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hope for All Seasons

Hope for All Seasons

Hope for all seasons is what we bring with us when we go on medical missions trips.

Mission Partners for Christ is grateful to be partnering with great people from all over the world who share a vision to bring medical care and hope to people who need it. Teamwork, communication, dedication, prayer, and more help things come together while we serve. It is so exciting that we are able to make a difference!

Hope for the hungry

This year, we were able to partner with Hope for Burkina Futures and with Rise Against Hunger. Rise Against Hunger provided meals to Hope for Burkina Futures. Mission Partners for Christ covered the shipping costs of the meals. We are glad to say that 1320 boxes went out in a shipping container and over 880 boxes of food were distributed to about 5200 people or 750 families. That’s a lot of food!

What is unique about the food distribution through Hope for Burkina Futures is that the families who were served had been displaced due to terrorism and violence in their nation. According to the U.S. Department of State website which you can go to read more about this, there has been a sharp increase in terrorism activities since 2019. Thousands of people lost their homes as a result. You could probably imagine that this would be disheartening for those impacted. The spread of disease, loss of access to public services, and other types of violence also increased. Christian activity is not encouraged in Burkina Faso, so it is an extra blessing that we were able to be part of bringing hope into a dark situation. This is just one example of the work that Mission Partners for Christ is doing in this season.

How can God use you to share hope in this season?

Each and every one of us can be used by God in this season to His love to people. We can pray. Another thing we can do is pray that people will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We can find hope and peace in Jesus and by studying the Bible, and share what we learn. We can learn more about the various organizations we can give to during this time. With hope, we will be able to travel on medical missions trips in 2021. We are currently thankful for the ways that are available to support our partners and people in places like Burkina Faso.

Would you like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ? You are welcome to visit and follow our Facebook page, Mission Partners for Christ, and also to go to this link to learn how you can be part of what we are doing in this season.