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Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Jim and Dianne Thompson have changed the lives of many people in Guatemala. They formed a non profit called Boca Costa Medical Missions, and have dedicated their lives to having a mission of faith and love. They have served, sponsored many children and families, gave many jobs to locals and made several clinics self sufficient with local employees. They have educated new leaders to help coordinate teams coming to serve with Boca Costa. They refer patients for much needed care from rural clinics to higher level of care facilities. They fund raise to keep the Mission sustainable to operate for years to come. I am very blessed to know and to have worked with Jim and Dianne Thompson. Their dedication, faith, and knowledge of the Guatemala country, customs and people, is the biggest reason I will continue to lead teams with Boca Costa knowing that they run a very organized, dependable mission who cares for all people, with no prejudices, and with the best interest of their patients. They are a first class non profit mission, and I am proud to be a part of their team. Anita Gooding Roanoke Va

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Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with the Boca Costa Medical Mission( Jim and Dianne Thompson) for 5 years,and I have been team leader for two years, and will lead again in 2014. The BCMM serves the indigenous Mayans in Western Guatemala who are some of the poorest people in Central America. This organization has changed the lives of so many people in the Mayan Community...In the past decade they hosted medical, Dental, construction, and stove installation teams.. They have also provided nursing education and training to several by helping local students through Nursing School ...The Mayan villages now have clinics being run by well train medical professionals to help manage and meet the medical needs of the different Mayan villages between teams with little or no cost to those who need the care.Some of their patients cannot get help for many reasons such as transportation, financial, too sick to travel, or the lack of education to know they are very sick and wait until they can no longer travel. I personally was able to go on several trips to homes of patients who were to sick to travel .This was not the first medical mission, I had been on,but it was my first to Guatemala in 2006 to work with Jim & Dianne, I must tell you that this was the most organized, well managed medical mission where you could actually feel and see the love between the missionaries and the patients. I was also amazed by the care the missionaries themselves gave where they were actually working & providing care to the Mayan people....I have NEVER in all my 22+ years of Nursing witnessed the appreciation and the love from the patients and staff that I observed when I worked with them. I was grateful to be part of their team to help provide the wonderful care they gave each and every patient that came through the clinic doors. I also witnessed how the people trusted them and was very happy to be taken care of while I worked with my team...I felt God blessed me with the skills and knowledge to be able to volunteer. It is now MY passion to continue to lead teams under the supervision of BCMM and encourage all of my family, friends, church family to volunteer as well. Most of our teams have 20+ volunteers and I have many friends in the medical field who have been with BCMM more than one time, and continue to support our medical mission if they cannot go. The villages served by this organization have benefited tremendously. BCMM ( Jim & Dianne Thompson) are a blessing to so many Guatemalans but also to those who volunteer. I would like to also acknowledge that they use local people who have now become part of the BCMM family. They are very kind, trustworthy, and professional., as they provide translating services that make our jobs of caring for the many people we see so much easier and we have so much fun getting to know each and everyone of them. Our transportation services and our bus driver is also a very important part of our team when we serve with BCMM. He provides us with safe travel and wonderful sight seeing information and he is very knowledgeable of his country, the people and places we get to visit. I have NEVER in all my years of serving with BCMM had any safety concerns for myself or the teams. Jim & Dianne's never ending hard work and dedication to Boca Costa Medical Mission is why MY passion is to lead teams to Guatemala, help provide the medical and dental care necessary to make their world a better place. I want to share our mission of Gods love and teaching to each and every person we have met and cared for in Guatemala who have touched and changed our lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed they are very organized, If I had the money,or could find donations I would use it for advertising to get more medical people involved by educating them to the needs of Boca Costa Medical Missions!

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Very Well

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