Friends and Family,
I am preparing to be a part of a short-term medical mission trip to Carrefour, Haiti with Southwest Baptist University December 31- January 6, 2017. The team and I will serve the Haitian people with spiritual and physical health care. Our team will provide Physical Therapy evaluations, treatments, and equipment distribution to patients of all ages, working alongside a local church. Our mission is to share the hope of Christ with our patients, their families, and other locals.
This will be the Physical Therapy School’s fifth mission to Haiti. We aim to strengthen the partnership we have established with the local network of pastors in the Carrefour area. While there we plan to conduct a rehab clinic in the church building as well as a mobile clinic in which we will go out into the community to seek those with disabilities who are unable to go to the church clinic; consult for caregiver education and training in homes; educate church members about health and rehab so they can minister with that knowledge to their community; and support and worship with our brothers and sisters in the local church.
I was drawn to this trip because it emphasizes evangelical therapy. This trip will give me the opportunity to learn how to use my gifts and the skills I have learned in physical therapy school to share the good news of Jesus. I desire to be a professional on mission, wherever I may end up working, and I believe this will help me learn to better share Jesus through my profession. My hope is that our presence will help to bring hope and healing to Haitian people following the devastation recently brought on by hurricane Matthew
I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider joining our team through your support. First, please partner with me in praying for the people we will be serving, for my health and effectiveness as a team member, and for the many details of this mission trip. I would greatly appreciate your prayers that our team will represent Christ well and that we would be faithful servants.
Secondly, we will be taking PT and medical supplies with us for distribution to the patients we serve. Items that are always helpful are walking devices, wheelchairs, and body braces. If you have any of these items, or any other medical supplies that you are willing to donate, please contact me and we will find a way to get the items to where they need to be.
Finally, please consider supporting me financially for this outreach. The cost of this trip is $1500. If you would like to join the team in this way, please make your tax-deductible gift by a check payable to “SBU PT Missions Fund” with my name and “Haiti” on the memo line. Send it to Dr. Beverly McNeal, Global Health Coordinator, SBU Department of PT, 1600 University Ave., Bolivar, MO 65613. Online giving is also available at GiveTo.SBUNIV.edu. Either way, make sure to specify that it is to go toward my account.
Thank you for praying about being a part of our team, and partnering with me for the cause of the Gospel. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5