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  1. 5. After months of planning and fund raising, the mission trip begins
  2. 6. Sometimes mission families travel long distances in very tight spaces
  3. 7. Mission doctors usually carry new medical supplies, x-ray machines, and medicines to remote areas
  4. 8. Upon arrival, the family takes a few days to acclimate and learn to live in a new culture
  5. 9. A host doctor takes time to show the mission doctor the needs of the community
  6. 10. When a mission doctor first arrives in a village, the waiting room is often full for weeks on end.
  7. 11. Some villagers walk for hours, even days, on steep mountain paths to see the doctor. Most have not gotten any medical attention for many years
  8. 12. Mission doctors learn to take their time and really listen to the needs of a community
  9. 13. They get to know the elders in a community in order to plan for a future of sustainable healthcare
  10. 14. A mission doctor must work with primitive technology
  11. 15. The clinics are usually cement shells with no lab or x-ray
  12. 16. Working with outdated and rusted medical supplies is the norm
  13. 17. Mission doctors often see over 60 patients a day
  14. 18. Doctors offer medical education, giving hope for better health care in developing countries
  15. 19. Teaching midwives and nurses helps to sustain the clinic when a doctor is not available
  16. 20. Without paper work and computers, a mission doctor has more time to get to know the community
  17. 21. Sometimes a mission doctor has to do “odd jobs” as well (Mark’s first calf delivery)
  18. 22. A mission doctor may even get to relax with his family while on mission
  19. 23. Mission families are able to see the world through a different window
  20. 24. A mission couple works together in all areas of their ministry
  21. 25. Spouses usually get involved in the community by volunteering in the clinic, parish, or local school
  22. 26. Local village leaders are welcoming to mission doctors and their families
  23. 27. The family takes part in all aspects of parish and community life
  24. 28. Simplicity brings many joys
  25. 29. and brings the family closer through work and prayer
  26. 30. Mission Doctors families learn to see poverty as an invitation to love
  27. 31. The children learn to love by helping others
  28. 32. and experience the satisfaction of helping someone to live a better life
  29. 33. Even the very young can volunteer (Cecilia as pharmacist)
  30. 34. and grow to love being part of a close-knit community
  31. 35. Teenagers bond with kids from completely different backgrounds
  32. 36. and learn to live in areas where people of different faiths and traditions co-exist
  33. 37. And they learn to create their own kind of fun!
  34. 38. Mission families see what it means for most of the world to live in very small spaces
  35. 39. to visit with people of all ages and backgrounds
  36. 40. And to be inventive (Jake’s home made weight bench)
  37. 41. They learn to love unconditionally
  38. 42. They gain strength and fortitude by knowing that they can make a tangible difference in peoples lives
  39. 43. And they learn to work hard with a smile
  40. 44. Being part of a community of people living in poverty helps us to see life through different eyes
  41. 45. Mission families get to see people sacrificing their own comforts for a good education and a better life for their own families
  42. 46. We see that the world is in dire need and that we have much to share
  43. 47. “ One really never gets used to being surrounded by poverty. It brings about a deep sadness and a constant reminder that we have the responsibility, as a wealthy people, to share all that we have been given.” Molly Druffner
  44. 48. Some communities live in dire conditions with virtually no resources available to them
  45. 49. And yet, a very small amount of support can build hospitals, educate medical students, and provide health care for many
  46. 50. We have the means (and the excess) to help people living in desperate poverty
  47. 51. “ Working with a mission hospital opened my eyes to the wealth of education and resources we have to offer poor communities. We are grateful for the opportunity that Mission Doctors gave us to serve. ” Mark Druffner
  48. 52. “ We are grateful for the opportunity we had to grow closer as a family” Jake and Julian Druffner
  49. 53. We are grateful to have been part of an international faith community.
  50. 54. We are grateful for all of the friends we made
  51. 55. We are grateful for the adventures we shared
  52. 56. The road to mission work is long and arduous
  53. 57. The path to get there is sometimes frightening
  54. 58. But, if we can do it, anyone can!
  55. 59. And we even had a lot of fun!
  56. 60. The world is waiting for you.
  57. 61. Mission Doctors Association can make it happen
  58. 62. What is MDA? <ul><li>Mission Doctors Association has sent and supported Catholic doctors and their families in mission hospitals and clinics around the world since 1959.  </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors work for free to care for patients and provide training and support to improve the quality of healthcare in the long term. </li></ul><ul><li>MDA is a Catholic organization that collaborates with and receives support from many faith groups. </li></ul>
  59. 63. What is the impact of MDA? <ul><li>In the short term, Mission Doctors help individuals and families by improving and saving lives one person at a time, which can never be quantified or undervalued. </li></ul><ul><li>In the long-term, Mission Doctors train, educate, and provide equipment and support to sustain better healthcare for the whole community long after MDA has left. </li></ul>
  60. 64. Where does your donation go? <ul><li>For doctors and their families who serve long-term, MDA provides airfare, insurance and a small stipend--$150/month. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors and their families who serve short-term, one – three months, cover all of these expenses with the help of family and friends.   </li></ul>
  61. 65. MDA is making the most of your donations <ul><li>National office in Los Angeles is staffed by 2 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Mission families on short-term assignments raise funds on their own. </li></ul><ul><li>Committed board of directors underwrites many activities with personal resources. </li></ul><ul><li>For every $100 Mission Doctors Association receives, a volunteer physician can care for 33 patients. </li></ul>
  62. 66. How can you support MDA? <ul><li>Support MDA directly through a donation. </li></ul><ul><li>Support MDA by underwriting fundraising events so that 100% of donations can go directly to MDA. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider becoming a medical missionary . MDA offers short and long-term missions. </li></ul><ul><li>Support MDA financially by joining our new MDA Midwest Auxiliary. </li></ul>
  63. 67. <ul><li>We could not have considered </li></ul><ul><li>going on our Tanzanian mission </li></ul><ul><li>without the support of </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Doctors Association </li></ul><ul><li>Please make it possible for more mission doctors and their families to do the same </li></ul>