I am an Ophthalmologist who has worked with MMI since 1999. I've been on 10 mission trips and have seen first hand how this ministry changes lives. I plan to go again taking my daughter with me next year.
God Bless this Organization.
MMI is an amazing non profit organization serving the poor all over the world and in the USA as well. Having served as a volunteer for eleven two week medical ministry trips in six countries and now as a board member I highly recommend this organization. Truly a Christian based organization with a mission to serve the poor.
I have been on the board of MMI for about six months now. I am looking forward to the years to come! The MMI International team is one of the finest I have ever come across. I am honored to be along for the journey!
Have you ever gone on a short term mission trip and wondered if any of the good work you did while you were there would be meaningful and long lasting to the people you served after you left? Medical Ministry International is so unique in that respect. They have about 15 permanent health centers all over the world that continue running day in and day out 365 days out of the year. They are designed to model the Body of Christ. EVERYONE is needed, medical and non-medical to do their specific part to nurture and sustain the entire body.
I have been a fan and a volunteer for MMI for many years now. It continues to be my all time favorite nonprofit ministry for serving the poor and suffering of the world.
My family started donating to MMI about a year ago. The first thing that drew us to MMI was that the sole purpose is to serve the poor. Because of the efficiency of their staff, they are able to put a large percentage of their donations towards the actual hands on ministry portion. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the wonderful people who work in the Allen, Texas office. Everyone was totally committed to the cause of MMI and there was a contagious joy that permeated the place. I hope to someday join a team to minister in one of the many clinics around the world.
The people,you work with on the trips and here in the states are amazing! They think of everything before you leave on a trip. They are very good at answering all the questions you might have. I highly recommend MMI! What can be better than Serving the Lord and showing others??
I was blessed to be a part of an MMI mission in Bolivia this July. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! The MMI teams, both in the states and in Bolivia, are phenomenal!! Their commitment to serving the less fortunate by providing quality healthcare, and sharing God's love is evident in all they do. MMI thought of everything from pre-trip logistics, flight reservations, on the ground travel, team preparation for the project, great meals, comfortable lodging, safety, translators, aiding in on-site interactions with Bolivians, to much, much more! I highly recommend that you consider partnering with MMI by using your skills to serve or by donating monetarily to their work, but most importantly by your prayers of support...it will be a very worthwhile investment!
I have done mission trips with MMI annually since 2001. They do an amazing job organizing the projects. The work is meaningful and their staff bends over backwards to insure a great experience.
I enjoy all the good they do for people. Goooo MMI
MMI is the best! Thank you to Rachel Euhus for helping facilitate the interaction of my donations. I'm so proud of the work they do here!
MMi is one of the best non profits in the nation. The direct impact this company has on the world is significant. Nothing comes close to the commitment and direction obtained everyday. Just wow!
I was in Dominican Republic in January 2015 with Medical Ministry International. This was my 22nd year volunteering with MMI. I have seen improvements in the health of the patients who comes to us because of MMI 's commitment to not just treat the patient's illnesses but also to teach them how to take care of themselves. I appreciate the fact that we work alongside Dominican physicians and health promoters as equals. Most of all I appreciate the fact MMI strives to provide healthcare using Jesus as it's guide.
My first MMI project was in 1993 and I have volunteered on medical teams yearly ever since. I received more than I give to the patients I see. Volunteering on a project reminds me why I became a physician. MMI strives to make sure the volunteers are well taken care of. I have never felt unsafe when I am volunteering on a project.
I was able to go on a trip to Bolivia the summer of 2014. There were 3 of us from the US, 1 from Singapore, and 8 from Bolivia. The team was phenomenal - the selflessness was inspiring! The work the team did and the love they showed everyone was just fantastic. The whole week was a true testimony to the good people can do and the change we can bring about, when we work with others.
I have been living in Peru and serving with MMI full time for 4 years with an additional 10 hear history with MMI doing short term projects. I love the way we incorporate sharing the Gospel through the works of service that we do. It's a whole person approach. The way we are able to interact with patients so personally is life changing. I will treasure the relattionships with patients and coworkers that I have met through MMI forever. Being able to give back to the poor from the many blessings we have in the USA is priceless.
MMI is a unique opportunity to reach out to the undeserved offering holistic help in health and the teaching of self-awareness and self-care. I have had the privilege of being part of the leadership teams in several of the MMI served countries including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Ghana amongst others over more than 20 years.
From a close-up view, I can attest to the careful and cautious use of donors’ and volunteers’ time and resources, given to the cause of Christ in touching the poor.
It’s a time when very hard work combines with much fun, much adaptation, grace and flexibility contributing to personal growth and strengthening of character as a person and servant of God.
The personal and professional relationships fostered locally and internationally through this joint effort is something hard to match through other venues. There is something about self-giving and service to others which binds people together and draws us all closer to each other and to Christ.
I went on my first missionary trip with MMI in august of 2013, and not only was it interesting and fulfilling, but it was far more enlightening and exciting than I expected. MMI does so much to help the people in need, and not just only in Peru. The group that I was lucky enough to travel with was well organized, composed of some of the most genuine people I've met, and did so much good for those who came to the clinic, truly executing works of incredible charity in the name of Christ.
Our time was well spent in Peru, fairly divided to offer us time to explore the beautiful and interesting country of Peru. I made some lifelong friends and I cannot wait to volunteer again.
My husband and I have been volunteering with MMI for almost 25 years. We lead a team every year to Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic which is about 4 hours from the capitol city. Our team provides excellent surgical, medical and dental care to those who do not have access to this care. Each patient seen also receives spiritual care and health education. Our volunteers are compassionate medical personal and loving non medical people. There are many, many stories of how the lives of our patients are changed but also how participants lives have been changed. A MMI mission trip is a great way to expose a teenager to how the rest of the world lives. One participant has brought over 10 members of her family at different times to experience a mission trip in a third world country. We started with MMI so we could bring our college age children on a mission trip and thru the years our son has returned with us as a medical student, surgical resident and a surgeon. And the great thrill was to have our daughter come back brining her teenage son. What a great family legacy to share this experience with members of your family.
We just completed our 22 short term mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Medical Ministry International . After our first trip with our college children we became mission addicts and the mission trip is always the highlight of our year. Our teams are made up of wonderful medical and non medical people who have compassionate hearts and want to serve the needy of the Dominican Republic. The MMI Dominican Project Staff are organized and have all the arrangements made so that we can spend our time serving on the surgical or the medical/dental team. There is an incredible amount of work done while we are in the Dominican Republic for two weeks and we always feel like God is the source of our strength to do so much. I always tell first timers that you go to serve but you are the one who is blessed. This is a great group to go with and take your teenagers so that they see what it is like to serve others in a third world country. Truly an unforgettable experience and your life will be changed when you come back!
MMI has made significant changes in the lives of the poor, combining compassion, life saving medical care and Christ-centred spiritual input to thousands around the globe. My life has been transformed by the opportunity MMI has afforded me to serve the poor and forgotten around the world.
I have been participating on projects with MMI for 25 years in many different countries. MMI changed my life, and continues to do so. The spiritual foundation of all the projects keeps participants in the right frame of mind to sincerely help those we serve. We avoid "medical tourism", and work hard to enable our project populations to improve their physical and spritual heat for the long term. As a surgeon, I find the projects to be well organized, and Teo and the Dominican staff are good stewards of funds provided for their projects. I look forward to working with them every year!
I have served with MMI in three countries on over 7 different projects. I have been thoroughly blessed by MMI's capacity to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of their patients while allowing volunteers to utilize their skills and talents in a unique and beneficial way. MMI not only improves the lives of their patients but also builds up the hearts of volunteers.
Flexibility and teamwork are the strengths of the organization!
MMI is awesome to volunteer through. They are changing lives around the world and its so neat watching MOM grow.
I went on my first medical mission trip with Medical Ministry International in July 2007. It was an eye project to Arequipa, Peru. It was awesome! Everything was very organized, housing was great, transportation was always good and overall, it seemed like everyone had a great time! There were lots of laughs shared along the way and friendships still made.
My first experience with MMI was last July 2013. It was a great time where I saw people give unselfishly of themselves, their time & their money. We went to Arequipa Peru to help the nationals. We went to be a blessing and we were blessed. MMI is a great team of hard working people who love and give & give some more. I was so pleased by every aspect of the trip & the great MMI staff. I recommend MMI to everyone. Thank you.
I helped coordinate MMI projects in the Amazon in 2013. I absolutely loved working with the teams and making a difference in the Amazon region. We were able to bring healthcare to people who had very little access to local clinics/hospitals. Just knowing that we were able to meet the people where they were at and take care of their health is something that makes a lasting impact. We were able to show the people that we truly do care for them. Serving with MMI is an awesome way to help others and change lives.
MMI is a wonderful and amazing non profit organization. Every encounter I have a had with a staff member has truly been an amazing experience! I can't emphasize enough on what a great non profit organization this is and I can't wait to go on a medical mission with MMI!
I was hired in May 2014 as a staff accountant for MMI. It was such a privilege to be in meetings held the first week of July with many of our Project Directors from around the world. It was exciting to see pictures and presentations of the work they do to help the poor and needy. Seeing the pictures of people whose lives are forever changed by the organization I work for made me feel honored and so blessed to be a part of this ministry. I cannot wait to go on my first project this year!
I have been with MMI as an employee for several years and have been on 2 projects. The surprising thing about being on a project is the blessing I receive when trying to bless others. Even though the days may be long, the experience of helping and interacting with people of other cultures is life-changing. The friendships I've made are so rewarding. I look forward to my next project!
My mother and I (87 years old this year) have been going to the Dominican Republic on a surgical mission with MMI almost every year for the past 19 years. Last year we had 7 family members on the project. 3 generations of nurses from our family there to help the beautiful and appreciative people of the DR. God has provided such a blessing to us to be able to help so many people physically while our Dominican partners are able to speak to them about the more important emotional and spiritual issues in their lives.
We plan on going again this year and taking as many of our family and friends with us that we can.
We were on an eye project in Cartagena, Colombia.
Our Medical Director asked 2 of us to pack up 200 reading glasses to take to Boca Chica, an island 25 minutes by boat off the coast. Upon arriving on the island, we set up our clinic under a thatched roofed community centre; we were surrounded by extreme poverty. Within minutes, hundreds of people, young & old, were lined up, waiting to have their vision tested.
Within a few hours, all 200 pairs of glasses had been fitted & several candidates for surgery were identified. They were so thankful, knowing their lives would be changed.
I often, now, think of those dear people on the island & know that a simple pair of reading glasses could allow them to read, to write, to make jewelry & clothing to sell & enable the elderly to cook & to clean.
We were told that the children had to stay home from school to care for the almost blind elderly family members. Now the children were free to go to school!!
My name is Jason Doby I give through my wife Meaghan norlander . I see her commitment to the ministry and I believe this ministry .is doing Gods work .I have never seen her so energized .I am proud to be associated with the ministry of the lord.
Medical Ministry International stands out in my mind as one of the more advanced non-profit mission organizations because they do not have a welfare mentality. You wont see a team go into a village and then leave a few weeks later never to be seen again. The main focus of the organization is to provide the areas served in with the materials to build their own healthcare system. This is done through training, capital purchases, and much much more.
I became a monthly recurring donor the day I saw the "Changing Lives" video. I am now lucky enough to be a staff member of the finest organization I have ever been associated with. The work the Ministry does is truly God's love in action. Each person supporting this Ministry in any capacity is God's hands and feet. All of the healing that would otherwise not occur is done in the name of the Lord for the benefit of his less fortunate children. Keep praying, supporting and volunteering!
I am Mathewos Belissa (Executive Director of Meserete Kristos Church Relief and Development Association, MKC-RDA). I came to know MMI through Mr. Matt Bonk and his team while they asked us to visit one of our vision care project here in Ethiopia in 2012. Mr. Matt and his team were so enthusiastic to working with and for the poor and challenged community. On their visit to our Meki Vision care project, they developed a passion to serve those community they visited through partnering with our organization. Their partnership initiatives started with signing an MoU with me and mobilizing volunteer doctors to come to Ethiopia and make a campaign of eye treatment in June 2013 and served thousands of people with vision problems. Children and elder people were the prime beneficiary.
MMI has done a remarkable work with our organization which we also believe to continue. They not only mobilized doctors for free service to our project for 10 days, but also donated to our project some basic eye examination and eye glass inventorying equipment and laptops. MMI team not only have the experts and passion to work with the poor but also have well liked Christian character and mission ever striving to Glorify God through their work.
Finally I say with confidence that MMI is a charitable organization which every one feels pleasure of working with.
Executive Director, MKC-RDA
Medical Ministry International has given us valuable counsel as we organized Vision Care Ethiopia, a small group in Pennsylvania which has shipped 100,000 eye glasses to Ethiopia for distribution in a rural area 80 miles southeast of Addis Ababa. This year, 2013, MMI amazed us by contributing equipment and sending a small team to do a pilot project, training personnel of the Meserete Kristos Church's Relief And Development Association in examination of patients and the distribution of glasses. MMI's readiness and willingness to cooperate with other organizations, even small ones, is indeed commendable.
Nathan Hege, Treasurer, Vision Care Ethiopia, 1212 Cloverleaf Rd., Mount Joy, PA 17552.
I am getting ready to go on my 23 medical mission trip with MMI. It has been a great experience every time. My mother who is an RN has gone on the last 21 trips with me. She is now 86 years old and is going again this year to help in the local anesthetic surgery room. I have a brother (MD), Sister(RN), niece(RN), niece(medical assistant), and son(dentist) also going as part of a 39 member team to the Dominican Republic.
What I love about MMI is that we not only get to care for the medical needs of the poor but also the spiritual needs through the local MMI staff, all while having great fellowship with the other participants.
I have been going on mission trips with MMI annually since 2001. I am a dentist and love the work we do through MMI. They show the love of Christ through the medical help we give, and share the simple message of the gospel through a creative integrated health program. They don't push a doctrinal agenda.The projects are organized well, and the on the ground support teams in the different countries as well as the US and Canadian support personel are very good at what they do. I have never felt unsafe or on my own while on a MMI trip.
I went on my first project with MMI last summer. I was absolutely blown away at how organized the field staff were. Every tiny detail was thought out before I even arrived. It touched my heart to see all the hundreds of people who traveled hours sometimes days just to seek treatment. This organization truely has what it takes to succeed.
I have been on two projects with MMI; my first was as a nursing student to the Dominican Republic in 2011 and then back as a nurse mentor to students in Colombia, South America in June 2013. Let me tell you: these people are amazing. They always know how to incorporate the students and nurses into the projects and develop their skills while sharing the gospel. The staff is unbelievable. You can tell from the first time you meet them and speak with them that God is directing their steps. They are organized and encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone of the American lifestyle. Not once have I felt endangered or afraid. They make sure the project sites are secure and go ahead of you months in advance to setup the project you will participate in. I have made many friends with the people of the countries and also the staff. I wouldn't even imagine going on a mission trip with any other company.
I have been on 8 trips with MMI to Central and South America. (serving as a dentist) They are a great group of very dedicated people trying to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the under-served in many countries around the world. MMI trips are very organized and well run. You will be able to use your skills as a health care professional in a meaningful way to help many people. In the process you will grow in your walk with the Lord.
I went to Arequipa, Peru in June of 2013. I was an interpreter and had a great time connecting with the local Peruvians. The people of Peru were so kind and loving. The organization of MMI was stellar, and I believe we helped the maximum number of people due to the organization and MMI leaders. I would definitely go again!
My name is Maritza, in March they reached the mmi, I went with my child who had strabismus problems, doctors did a surgery now my child is a normal, happy child, thanks to this organization, we must support the aid that we provide these brothers solidarity, and go around the world where it is most need of your service.
My name is Don Sanders and I have been on the Board of Directors of MMI for over 13 years. I wasn't sure what to list as my role since I am also a donor, and a Volunteer. I am an Ophthalmologist and have been making yearly 2 week mission trips to Peru for many years. One of my daughter has accompanied me a number of time but last year both of my daughters came with me and it was really a great trip for all of us. They are both coming back to Peru with me this year and it delights me to see my children taking an interest in serving the poor. I, like most of us, am used to my usual creature comforts and going to a third world country definitely means getting out of my comfort zone. That being said, I truly look forward to this time every year because I realize that the poor people we see have no other recourse to medical care and we make a huge difference in their lives. It is humbling to realize that some people travel days to be seen by our group and from cataract surgery to dispensing glasses, we change people's lives; from the docs to the general helpers, everyone makes a difference to these underserved poor, largely indian population. MMI is THE charitable organization that I choose to give my time,talent, and treasure because I know that the people involved value the efforts of its volunteers and work to stretch every dollar donated.
Hi, my name is Bethany and I went on my first mission with MMI this February to Honduras. My experience as an attendant in an emergency department came in very handy even though I went as a non medical volunteer. I have to say this was an amazing hands on experience for me and everyone that came on this trip. All of the MMI staff are very organized, hardworking, wonderful people who truly dedicate themselves to MMI and serving God by helping the people of Honduras. Everyday we would travel to a new village to set up our clinic and see as many people as we could. Each village was special in it's own way but I'd have to say one of the highlights for me was in Miami when family's came to us by boat from the other side of the lagoon just to see us. Truly made me feel so blessed to be able to help them in some small way. I came home feeling very humble, blessed and that I had made a difference in someone's life. I feel I received far more then I gave in that week. The children are so happy and joyful even though they have so little. I think of them often during my days back here in Canada. I met some pretty fantastic people on this trip and made some new friends. I have always thought our lead nurse Marcella was very good in our ER in Canada, but I was simply amazed at what she was able to accomplish there setting up a new clinic each day in a matter of minutes. I plan to return again next year with MMI. This time in the Mountains of Honduras I believe. Can't wait!!
MMI is a great organization that serves the poor all over the world.
i have donated to this organization because of the way in which they manage their resources. They are not extravagant or wasteful but use their donations for the intended purpose.
I have been involved with MMI since 1985, when my first project changed my life forever! I have been a board member for over 10 years. My projects each year, and the board meetings, are the part of my life that keeps me closest to God. Serving the needy of the world helps me remember why I became a physician, and it certainly makes me a better one! I enjoy helping people participate on our projects...it is a blessing to watch them work with the incredible staff of MMI as missionaries to the people in the third world, and then become even stronger missionaries to their home communities! MMI is a miracle for my life, and for so many people of the world.
Kenneth White, MD
I have been going on projects with MMI for 15 years, providing dental care for the patients we see. I know that in a short 2 weeks' time we will not be able to solve all the dental problems for everyone we treat, nor we will be able to see all those who need treatment. We are able; however, to make life better for those that we do see for treatment. And with a strong emphasis on preventive healthcare education we can provide a better chance for future good health for many more.
There is no payment more satisfying than to receive a hug from someone just relieved from pain or to see the now happy smile of a young girl for whom you just restored anterior teeth marred by dental decay.
I am hooked on MMI!
David Hall, DDS, MS
My name is Marcella and I am an ER RN from Ontario. I have traveled to Honduras since 2005 on 10+ weeks of MMI trips. Accompanying me on all of these trips has been my doctor / dad Gary (he will be 70 this year). Three out of four of our children (except the youngest who plans to join in 2014) and my husband and mother have accompanied me on at least two weeks each with MMI. Our lives have truly been blessed in so many ways through our MMI affiliation. Our children have learned so much though MMI service!!!!!
Recently a number people from my ER have joined our brigada (RNs, paramedic, clerk and ER attendant) and all have come home with a love for this country, our work there, our in country team and the people we serve). They cannot wait to return!!!! and a few have completed their personal fundraising for next February already.
While the political situation in Honduras has deteriorated significantly during this time period, our in country hosts and God's good GRACE have insured our safety. While unrest and gang violence are on the up-rise and Honduras is on the verge of being a failed state, I have experienced no incidents that I feel impacted my safety in anyway.
The organization done by Gustavo and his team, from pre-trip planning to the delicious meals served by our cooks Candida and Olga, and the health teaching and safety provided by Jorge, I can only recommend you travel with this group to Honduras to serve.
Recently short-term medical missions (STMMs) have received a bad rap in academic literature; siting micro-ethical problems with post STMM departure care among many others. These problems are solvable with the addition of local doctors and referral processes that are in place with our Honduras team (Dr Mildred and local dentists). The macro ethics (the right to be a patient) and the care that STMMs provide are infinitely more important than the solvable micro ethical problems in a country like Honduras. STMMs, like the brigadas run by MMI offer many of the rural Honduran poor the chance to become a patient: the most poignant ethical dilemma in the world. Patienthood is a right denied to an estimated 1/6th to 1/5th of the worlds population (healthcare is a UN protected right). When a county such as Honduras is unable to provide care to large portions of its populations in remote rural areas and destitute urban sprawl organizations like MMI fill in the gaps.
I have recently completed tours of local hospitals and clinics in San Pedro Sula for a project related to my MA thesis and can attest to the desperate conditions of healthcare in Honduras. MMI plays a significant role in reducing that burden as they operate 10 to 12 medical trips (of 1-2 weeks) a year as well as permanent centers. Prevention, education and health teaching are core components of our trips and vital to the population health of those we serve.
I am proud to call MMI my second workplace, Honduras my adopted country and all of the MMI Honduras team my family.
Thank you and blessings!
This past year, I was the president of a club whose goal is to do a medical mission trip each summer. After being dropped by our previous organization, I immediately called up MMI and within a day, they got back to me and were more than happy to plan a special trip for a group of undergrads from Pennsylvania. We were so blessed to work with this wonderful organization. They worked with us on so many levels and honestly made the whole experience for me a lot less stressful. We spent a beautiful week serving the people in Managua, Nicaragua and had an incredible time and created many wonderful memories. I cannot thank MMI enough for everything they did for us!!
I went on my first medical project with MMI this past February to Dajabon, Dominican Republic. I am a 49 married father of two pre-teens and this was my first medical project of any kind. I went with a couple of friends from my church, of which, only one was a medical professional - a general surgeon.
When we arrived, I found the in country team members well organized and prepared for the project. We stayed at the equivalent of a campground. The conditions were fair - but not as "third world" as you might expect. The veterans on the team had stories to tell of conditions in the early years - this particular project has an established base camp to work from and the hospital was above average for the area. Overall, the in country team made it easy for us to jump in and go to work. In two weeks, over 1,100 Dominicans received medical attention in the form of consultations, prescriptions, hygiene training and 113 surgeries - all at no cost to them. I was told afterwards that this was a moderate amount compared to other projects in this country.
As I mentioned, I had no previous medical training but was asked work as an instrument technician for the surgical team. After some on-the-job instruction, I cleaned, packed and sterilized the surgical instruments. This was one of many different jobs on the team and it was very fulfilling more me personally to know that I was contributing the welfare of others that would not have access to this level of care otherwise.
The bottom line is this - regardless of what you think you may have to offer, there is a meaningful work to be done for people in need and MMI has an established track record of making it possible. I highly recommend MMI.
I worked a medical/dental project as a general helper in October and it was the best thing I ever did. The MMI team is amazing and made the trip so easy. I always felt safe, and returned in March for more projects. The people of Peru are very happy to see MMI come to their area and help. There are amazing stories of love, caring, compassion and doing God's work. I will go back as often as I can. Thank you MMI for the privilege of working with you.
-A totally life changing experience for everyone involved. Example: young girl brings her grandmother in for cataract surgery...not like in the U.S...she has cataracts so dense she's blind. that woman will get her vision back and get to see her granddaughter for the 1st time. the granddaughter gets a new lease on life because it's been her job to look after her and lead her around...it goes on and on. There is no better feeling than when the bandage comes off a patient's eye and they can see again...the grin on their faces (and ours because of them) tell the tale.
-It's often long days and hard work and it is soooo worth it.
-You don't have to be a doctor...there are all types of jobs for all kinds of people. Sometimes the handyman who hooks you up with some electricity is the hero of the day :)
-MMI takes care of it's volunteers, so they can do the work. 5 star hotels they're not, but always a nice bed, good/safe food and I've never felt threatened.
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