You Are Welcome

You Are Welcome

Imagine you are a parent who has walked a long way from home on a deeply rutted road of hot red clay. The sun shines brightly overhead and all around you. Motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles occasionally pass you. You look down each time at the child in your arms, but she does not wake up. She has been ill for about a week and is worn out from walking part of the way. She stirs only when you sit to give her water and food to eat. About a mile ahead of you is a medical outreach event. Your hope is great. There are canopies with chairs to sit in and open buildings. Friendly faces look up in your direction and wave. You are welcome here. Not only are you welcome here, but you are prepared for, hoped for, and expected. You are prayed for and rejoiced over.

Imagine Finding Out That God Loves You

Now imagine you find out that it is not only the medical clinic volunteers but also Jesus–the Son of God–who is happy you are welcome here and that you have arrived. You may have heard that there is someone called Jesus who is supposed to be the Son of God, but you did not know about Him.

Or you may have heard good things about Him, but did not think He still does those things. You did not know He personally cares for you, your child, your neighbor, and so much more. Hearing from the Bible for the first time ever has brought so much joy to your heart that you want to give your life to Christ. You want your child’s life to be dedicated too, and you pray with the volunteers that she recovers so she can hear the good news too. You want her to know she is welcome to know Jesus.

When We Welcome the Unreached

This is just one scenario that could take place in thousands of different ways each day. When we welcome unreached peoples, we not only extend care and kindness to them, but we share the good news of Jesus. They get to see it expressed through us as well. For many–especially those who have endured war, famine, or other serious issues, this might be first certain good news they have heard in a while. It encourages them and bolsters their faith. They believe God is with them as they learn about health concepts in a way they had not heard before. They believe it is possible to make new habits. It seems true that things will get better. Some may have heard naysaying about their situations. Now they can listen to someone who speaks with the voice of reason and feel courageous faith burgeoning from within.

When someone is welcomed not only with help they may have hoped for, but with the Source of all hope, something changes. It’s not just another day they hoped for anymore. It’s the beginning of a brand new life. Some troubles may be the same, but now they know God. Their perspective is filling up with faith even if they do not see the precise result they expected just yet. They welcome God and tell other people all about Him.

Would You Like to Welcome the Unreached Too?

There are people all over the world who have yet to hear the truth about Jesus. Many of them also have other unmet needs. One way we are able to help them is by providing medical care they may lack access to. If you believe you would like to be a part of supporting our endeavor by volunteering to join a medical missions trip, check out the Volunteer page on our website. Donors are appreciated too, if you believe you’re called to give and would like to. You also are welcome to learn more about us by reaching out to us here or on our Facebook page, Mission Partners for Christ. We want you to know that we are thankful for you and you are welcome here.



Vision Care is Vital

Vision Care is Vital

Vision Care is Vital

Vision care is a global medical need. In underserved countries, treatment can mean the difference between patients being able to feed their families or not. Women need glasses to help them see finer details while they sew or make jewelry. Children need to be able to see in school or to play or help their families. Parents need to be able to see the water they draw up or the ingredients going into the foods they prepare. Everyone who drives motorcycles needs to be able to recognize road signs or dangers up ahead.

Mission Partners for Christ is blessed to partner with other organizations to cover the costs of glasses that go to people in countries with less access to basic vision care. We are excited to be able to go to places like Burundi where we can play a role in helping people get what may be their very first pair of glasses! When they participate in basic vision care tests, we are able to present charts that are written in their language. They get to read John 3:16 on one of the charts, and be encouraged maybe for the first time, in knowing that God loves them.

The Global Vision Care Crisis

When we partner with organizations that provide glasses or vision care items, we bring valuable medical care to people who need it. We possibly play a role in decreasing mortality rates and also in limiting the spread of serious diseases. When people can see better, they can make better choices with foods or they can possibly read new information. When they receive vision care tests, symptoms of diseases or other serious issues can be found and treated.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2019, about 2.2 billion people worldwide have some form of vision impairment. Of that number, about 1 billion people have a preventable impairment. This means if the individuals had adequate, timely access to vision care, they might not have lost their sight.

Vision Care in Burundi

Burundi has been recovering from a past civil war and still experiences some barriers to preventive health care. Due to cost, many of the population postpone visiting the doctor or seeking emergency health care treatment until late in the course of an illness, injury, or condition. So if a child has glaucoma and develops a cataract, it might not be immediately noticed and then expediently treated. Or if a parent develops diabetes or lupus, vision impairments can be one of the first symptoms of a serious level of disease. If the parent is undertreated for diabetes or lupus, a vision care test can be life-saving!

The work we will be doing in partnership with others in Burundi and Benin is essential. It is one way to help their nations achieve global right to sight goals while also sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Life-Saving Intervention is Worth It

Burundi may seem so far away from the United States, but when you hear about what is going on there and the need for vision care, you might be stirred to participate or give in some way. There are multiple ways to give–you can donate to us by going to the Donate page on our website or contacting us. Or you can pray for us and tell others about us. You can also volunteer to join us on a medical missions trip! To help with vision care, you do not necessarily need to have medical training. You can work in the triage or in other ways that help us provide basic vision care services to those in need.

Wonder how to fund your trip? There are multiple ways of funding your medical missions trip–it doesn’t all have to rest on you. Funding for many volunteers’ trips comes from themselves, church fundraisers, or family members. Friends also may host fundraisers and supporting you. There also might be scholarships or grants. Check out “Raising Funds for Your Medical Missions Trips” and “8 Fundraising Tips to Attend a Mission’s Trip Debt-Free” for great tips to help you include in your upcoming schedule the medical missions trips you have wanted to join.

There Is Still Time to Join Us

The deadline to apply for our Burundi opportunity is April 5–that’s around two months away. Two months will pass before you know it though, so it’s good to go ahead and sign up if you already know you want to join us. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. To go with us to Burundi, go to the Volunteer page on our website. You are also able to fund someone else’s trip if you’re moved to do so at this time.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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!

Dental Care is a Medical Need Too

Dental Care is a Medical Need Too

In the United States, if our mouth hurts when we sip our morning cup of coffee, many of us might set up a dental appointment. When we chip a tooth, we call the dentist. Within an hour’s notice, our tooth can be repaired. Antibiotics or pain medication prepare us to be healthier or safer for the dentist to work on. We go to see the dentist multiple times per year for regular dental care. It’s such a blessing and benefits us to be able to eat and drink in healthy ways that support our immune systems, muscles, minds, and whole health. We don’t always think of it, but it really can be a tremendous thing for our lives.

Medical Need

This privilege of dental care access is not the case for many around the world. There are countries where there are no toothbrushes in the majority of households. Those in extreme pain or medical need may use a stick or rock to prod or remove the affected tooth. This can cause infection, injuries, or other serious health problems. Something as simple as the shape of one’s jaw or the bones in one’s face can also make eating or drinking painful or difficult. According to the WHO Africa website, as many as one in five children in Africa has suffered from a form of oro-dental/facial trauma. That is just in one region of the world.

It’s easy to see there is a serious medical need for all kinds of dental work worldwide. In many countries, though, dental schools are not only an issue of affordability but of availability. For some, there simply might not be a nearby school to study and practice. A student in the United States could choose to go to a fairly close university or dental school to train.

Fortunately, there are volunteers here and overseas who work alongside trained medical professionals to help people receive good dental care and antibiotics or medications they might need. Global medical outreaches can help bring good dental care to people who may never have seen a dentist before or who don’t have access to one. Mission Partners for Christ has worked with others in some of these outreaches. We are thankful for the dental volunteers who join us on missions trips.

Good Dental Care Matters

Good dental care help us have a healthy smile when we greet one another. It helps prevent serious illnesses from medical issues like infection or malnutrition. We bring hope in numerous ways when we address this medical need. It’s a blessing that there are groups and volunteers who come together to support this important type of health care. If you are a dentist or dental hygienist and are interested in joining us on a future trip or supporting us in another way, please go to our Mission Partners for Christ website and find out how you can join us today.

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!