Meet Terra Hill, from Kansas City, Kansas. Terra is a second year medical student at the University of Kansas, and is also a first time mission participant. She recently shared with me how she learned of Medical Missions Foundation and the Antigua, Guatemala mission trip, and how she found a creative method to finance her way here.
Terra ran across news of the mission trip on an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) interest group chat. The news was posted by Pam Nicklaus, MD, a long-time Medical Missions Foundation volunteer mission coordinator.
Terra’s interest was piqued, so she contacted Pam, and learned more about the purpose and other details of the mission. After much thought and discussion with encouraging family and friends, Terra set about figuring out how to fund this worthwhile trip. She created a “GoFundMe” account, describing how the mission would assist the underserved members of Antigua, Guatemala, and the surrounding communities, specifically in need of ENT, urology, or audiology services. She posted this on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, along with sending emails to family and friends in March. By the end of April Terra found not only did she have enough money from supportive family members, friends, friends of friends, and co-workers, to cover the first mission trip deposit, but the entire amount to fund her whole trip!
Visiting with Terra about her experiences on the mission trip so far – she shared her expectations were met on the first day, and now they continue to be surpassed. She is honored to be assisting the needs of individuals in this community!