What Are You Doing this Summer?            The Modern Mission Trip

This summer, thousands of Americans will use precious vacation days to visit some of the neediest countries in the world. They will join volunteers from their church, school, hospital or community organization on a mission trip.

Mission trips provide much-needed volunteer help in some of the most resource-poor communities in the world.  But the focus of the modern mission trip has changed. Instead of Americans going to direct others how to live, most trips are led by local leaders who instruct the volunteers on where they are needed, and how theycan best help the community.

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Medicine and Hope in Honduras

When members of MAP staff walked into the clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were surprised by the long line of patients. Many of those waiting were local farmers or fishermen and had traveled for hours to the community health center hoping to see a doctor, or to obtain much-needed medicine. 

The line of patients wrapped around the waiting room and out the door.

Topics: Health Medicines Honduras

Spreading Hope in the Middle of Despair: Hurricane Irma

“It could have been so much worse,” is a phrase I’ve now heard from people standing in the midst of rubble to those surveying the flood damaged ruins in front yards. It’s a statement of gratitude but also a realization that even when the worst didn’t happen, it will take weeks, months or years to rebuild many lives.  

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A Humbling Day in Haiti

Board member Susan Roeder devotes much of her time with MAP working on the numbers.  She serves on our audit committee helping us maintain the top-notch charity ratings. Yet from our experience visiting clinics and orphanages, she eloquently sums up the day in one word. “Humbling.   To see modern day heroes of the faith sacrificing what would otherwise could be an easy life in the US, lead a life of service, treating people who have practically nothing with great dignity,” Mrs. Roeder said.

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Clothed with Compassion

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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A New Adventure

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Twenty years ago, I traveled to Mexico as a member of a humanitarian missions construction team. I don’t know what I was expecting but I found myself, homesick, damp, cold, and bewildered. The level of poverty in the community where we were serving was beyond anything I had ever seen or experienced. Somehow, by the time I returned home, I was ready to repack my bags and travel to another country. Since then, I have traveled to sixteen different countries on thirty-five mission trips.

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Helping Special Children Lead a Full Life

Living with a disability isn’t easy. As a child in Korea, I contracted polio and lost my ability to run and play like other children. But because I was later adopted by an American family, I received excellent health care and today live a full life.

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Ebola, Two Years Later

Two years ago, as Americans were celebrating our independence with hotdogs and fireworks, West Africa was nearing the peak of the most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever faced.

Topics: Health Relief Ebola Liberia

The Philanthropic Side of Pharma

It’s easy to get the wrong impression about the pharmaceutical industry. Greedy entrepreneurs like Martin Shkreli make headlines for shamelessly inflating the prices of life-saving drugs. Politicians campaign on reducing the high cost of prescription medicines.

Topics: Health medical relief Medicines Global Health

World Refugee Day 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

Monday, June 20th, on the UN’s declared World Refugee Day, there are over 50 million refugees around the world.  Many of them are women and children, struggling to survive after fleeing their homes amidst conflict, famine, and natural disasters.

Topics: Health disaster relief medical relief Medicines Relief Partners Global Health

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