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.
Do you know about the power of planting a seed?
If you have not gone on a medical missions trip before, and the idea of planting a seed is new to you, here is what we are talking about: when you go anyplace throughout the day–even just within your home, there may be opportunities to plant seeds that grow into faith, knowledge of who Christ is, and more. When you go on a medical missions trip, there are many opportunities to plant a seed.
With the work we do worldwide, we often encounter people who do not know about Jesus. They also might not know about some ways to care for medical issues they may be experiencing. They might know how but lack the resources and feel uncertainty or anxiety. There may be severe struggles and events going on in a community. Everything we do may not produce an immediate result of faith in Christ, but it plants a seed.
When we visit people worldwide and bring medical supplies, educational items, other good things we are blessed to be able to give, and ourselves, we are planting a seed of hope that will grow in the light wherever it shines in the darkness. We are showing each person that God loves them, remembers them, and cares deeply for them. From the way we speak with other people to how we do our work or even show up in life, we are planting seeds.
Where can you begin in medical missions?
Thankfully you can begin planting a seed in medical missions work in various ways, from joining a team offering free medical services in one of our clinics to donating supplies to leading a prayer about us in your small group in your church. Below are just some ways to serve. What are some other ways that come to mind?
We are always looking for new ways to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who need us. If you have any ideas that weren’t listed here or want to discuss how you can get involved, we would love to hear from you. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We will get back with you as soon as possible!
Are you longing to serve on the missions fields and unsure how to begin?
That’s a great goal for life–wanting to serve. Wanting to serve in any place will train you to serve on a missions trip in some ways you might not expect. It all begins with the willingness to ask God good questions in prayer and then start to serve in the best ways you know how to do right where you are.
How do you wash a dish in the sink or dishwasher at home–is it done with love and care for the next person who will use the dish? How do you speak with your coworkers about critical matters during high-pressure moments? Do you maintain your composure and stay focused on the task and care for people while remaining alert to the Holy Spirit?
Do you remember young Samuel when he ran to Eli as God called on him because he thought it was Eli calling for him? That’s a willing heart. He wanted to see what Eli needed, so he got up to go to him (1 Samuel 3:1-21). We can be like this.
You are stronger than you know!
Many people don’t realize they already are servant-leaders in the making or they are already making a difference in that way.
Every time we accept responsibility for something, commit to it, and see it through–that is service and leadership in action. Doctors and nurses who studied, prepared themselves, and practiced all they would need to in order to become medical professionals are one example of this. Students and parents who learn how to fundraise for their friends’ mission trips and go out in the community to help make it happen are another example.
We so often hear words like “leadership” or “service” and perhaps think it will involve the more difficult types of work that we feel unprepared for or not called to do, and sometimes it might be more difficult, but not necessarily something we’re not called to do. God will give you strength and grace for it. He allows you to go into challenges that will build character and other traits, so there is no need to feel we are too weak or unknowledgeable to improve our leadership skills and enlarge our servant hearts.
You know more than you think you do!
Younger or older, you have knowledge and experience others do not have. Your specific way of seeing a need and filling it might differ from someone else’s way, but when it’s paired with a group of people intently focused on serving others and leading themselves with honor and love, it’s boosted–and it might boost what others are doing too. So don’t be afraid to come off the sidelines and volunteer to go support a mission’s trip in some way. You might be surprised what you can learn, how you will grow, and how others around you will learn and grow too.
What are you waiting for?
There is plenty of work to be done all over the world, so if you’re ready, you can begin. You don’t have to wait till you’re a great dishwasher or communicator to go on a mission’s trip, by the way. You just need a willing heart and faith. If you’re interested in learning more about our upcoming 2020 destinations, have a look here.
Do you need some questions answered before you say yes? We’d love to answer your questions about joining our team. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We will get back with you as soon as possible!
Are you retired or semi-retired and thinking about being more active in the mission field?
If so, this may be the perfect season for you to join a medical mission team and bring physical, spiritual, and emotional healing to people around the world. Wondering if a medical missions trip is a good way for you to get involved? Here are our top 3 reasons we believe retirees are well suited for a short term medical mission trip:
You have more control over your schedule than ever before!
Being retired means that you get to set your schedule. Its also highly unlikely that you have young people at home needing rides, help with homework, or constant supervision. This frees up your evenings and weekends to travel locally or globally and serve. Many of our volunteers are still raising families and it can be harder for them to take medical missions trips while their kids are in school. If youre an empty nester, you have the freedom and flexibility to take one or more medical missions trips a year with our team!
You have so much valuable experience to share!
Our younger volunteers have not had as much time to develop the professional and life experience that you bring to the table. If you have been in the medical field for the last few decades just think of how many thousands of hours youve spent honing your craft. You have learned how to make people feel important and seen while efficiently serving their medical needs. No matter if you have worked as support personnel or provided hands on medical care, your expertise is desperately needed by the people we serve.
You have resources that younger people may not have.
Just like you have more control over your time you also have fewer demands on your income than those in the midst of raising a family. Once the kids move out, the utilities drop and the food bill gets cut in half, there is a little more money in the bank at the end of the month. In addition to financial resources, retirees are more likely to have time for social or philanthropic groups that share passions. The groups you belong to can support you with prayer and even help you raise funds for your medical missions trip. Its also possible that all of you could take a medical mission trip together!
If you are considering a medical mission trip theres no better time than right now to ask God for His input.
Mission work always starts with prayer and discerning Gods will for each of us in our current season! Id love to invite you to take a first step towards joining a medical mission trip by clicking here to choose which of our upcoming 2020 destinations peak your interest.
Do you need some questions answered before you say yes? We’d love to answer your questions about joining our team. Click here to submit your question via our contact page we will get back with you as soon as possible!
Have you ever wondered whether God was actually calling you to mission work? And does He call every christian to be a missionary? If you look to the bible, I think the answer is a resounding yes! He may be calling you to serve in another country, or He may be calling you to serve in your own backyard, but the word of God does say that we are to go out into the world, wherever that is, and share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. Here are 5 inspiring bible verses that confirm God is calling all of us to mission work:
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.
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me!
1 Chronicles 16:24
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
I hope this inspired you and confirmed that you are in fact called to serve in missions. If you’re sitting on the fence about serving, I encourage you to take the leap! You will never regret following God’s call. If you’re looking for places to serve, don’t forget to check out our list of upcoming trips. We hope to see you there!
When people think of medical mission work, they usually think providing medical care is the only way they can help, but that is further from the truth! Here are 6 ways anyone can serve a medical missions organization:
1. Join a team and offer free medical services in one of our pop up clinics.
Although this isn’t the only way you can serve a medical missions team, providing medical services at a clinic is the heart of a medical missions trip! Medical missions teams are always looking for nurses, doctors, and other certified medical care providers to join their teams.
2. Provide education on preventative care and nutrition.
If you have a heart for education, then providing education on nutrition and preventative health to the villages being served is a great way to serve during a missions trip. This position sometimes requires that you be a medical professional but not always, so be sure to ask the organization you’re looking to work with.
3. Help us partner with trusted local organizations for future trips.
Are you a good communicator? If so, you may enjoy establishing relationships with local organizations while on a missions trip and work towards forming partnerships for future trips to that area. Many hands make light work, and partnering with local trusted organizations is a great way to gain extra hands, as well as establish an ongoing lasting relationship within the community you are serving.
4. Share the Gospel of Christ through your presence on short-term mission teams.
Do you love to share the gospel? Do you have a background in ministry? Are you a prayer warrior? These are all great ways you can help on the mission field! The heart behind many medical missions is to share the love of Jesus with everyone you meet. That can be through providing excellent medical care, but it can also be through prayer, sharing the gospel, or just being the hands and feet of Jesus to someone in need.
5. Support medical volunteers by collecting patient information prior to exams.
If you aren’t a certified medical care provider, you can still help with patients! Medical teams are always in need of people to collect patient information, help them fill out paperwork, and visit with patients while they’re waiting to be seen.
6. Donate and organize medical supplies for our teams to distribute during mission trips.
A medical missions trip requires many different medical supplies to make it happen. If you are someone that has connections to supplies, or would love to reach out to your community to ask for and collect supply donations, then consider contacting your favorite medical mission organization to see what they are in need of.
As you can see, there are many ways for you to serve your favorite medical missions organization! What is your favorite way to serve? Let us know in the comments. And if you are looking to join a medical missions team, please consider joining us on one of our trips. We’d love to have you!