I have recently been asked several questions about mission trips, so I thought that I would try to answer some of them today. I have travelled to Latin America over 13 times. I primarily an responsible for treating patients there as well as treating the team members if they are sick or hurt. The team sees usually 2,500 to 4,000 people in three to four days. The team also gives out rice, beans, clothes, and toys, etc. These people are very poor, and the government has no programs like the U.S. Medicare or Medicaid. They have to earn enough money for food and clothes, and the average wage is about $5.00 a day. The children can go to school, but the parents have to buy uniforms, books and supplies. Many cannot afford to go to school.
The patients must go to church before coming to the Medical and Dental clinics. The children have children’s church. There is an evangelism team that goes house to house to see people who cannot travel to the clinics. Many walk 10 to 20 miles to get to the clinics. The veterinarian takes a group out to treat the animals and birds, then they preach to the cowboys. The blessings are huge even though it seems like a great effort to get everything ready and to arrive in the village. The people desperately need care and hope. We generally give out over 25,000 prescriptions, but most of all they have heard the good news about Jesus.
We always need more medications, supplies, food, and monetary donations. For the trip in August, there is a desperate need for team members, especially nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. If you or anyone you know would be interested in going on a mission trip for one week, please call the office at 270 259-4666. The cost varies with airfare, but is around $1,800.00.