Why Medical Missions Trips Are Worth the Cost

Why Medical Missions Trips Are Worth the Cost

If you’ve ever looked into going on a medical mission trip, you’ve probably wondered if the cost participants pay is worth it. The costs may be higher than other types of mission trips, but so are the benefits.

hopeWhen you join a medical missions team, it’s normal for participants to pay for flights, accommodations, and food during the trip. Most organizations (but not us!) also ask participants to pay extra to cover the supplies needed to conduct medical exams or to leave with the patients.

But despite those expenses, the potential impact of medical mission trips is huge.

Here are three key reasons why medical missions trips are worth the cost:

  1. Medical mission trips provide additional training for students outside of the regular classroom.

There are so many things that cannot be taught within the walls of a classroom. Some of the first people to sign-up for medical missions opportunities are students because they can finally use their knowledge in a situation that isn’t hypothetical. Students can not only see the global healthcare needs up close but also serve through hands-on experiences that make a difference! Now, this isn’t to say that volunteers should use a medical missions trip to experiment or put patients at risk by doing more than they’re trained to do. It’s simply an opportunity to experience more and serve those in need.

  1. Medical mission trips can create long term transformations in the communities we serve.

The key to long term impact from short-term medical missions trips is to develop lasting relationships with the communities we want to serve. Long term relationships can be challenging to develop during a 1-2 week trip so It’s essential to partner with a local organization that’s already embedded in the community and will stay connected long after our medical missions team returns to the US.

Of course, we also know that sharing the message of Jesus can immediately transform lives, and it’s always our goal to  change lives spiritually and physically.

  1. Healthcare professionals can further develop their skills.

Certain diseases and conditions that we encounter on our trips are less common in the US. For example, thousands of people in Tanzania test positive for malaria each year but it’s rare for patients in the US to present with malaria in most clinics or hospital settings. Treating people with these conditions expands the providers experience and helps lower the negative impact these conditions have on both the individual and the community.

Setting up temporary health clinics in rural underserved areas presents unique challenges for the team. Working through translators in unfamiliar cultures will also stretch our team members while building new skills and self-confidence. 

So yes, joining a medical missions trip is not cheap, but the potential impact to both the medical team and the people we serve makes it more than worth the financial investment.

And when it comes down to it, what price would you put on offering life-saving preventions and interventions to people in need? Medical missions trips are always worth the cost.

Thinking about joining a trip but not sure how to pay for it? There are lots of creative ways to raise money such as crowdfunding and fundraising opportunities.  Click here to learn about a few of our favorite ways to raise funds for your medical missions trip or click here to get more information about upcoming trips!

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.



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!

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.