Team Uganda 2019

We posed for this Team Uganda picture prior to departure at KCI. It is missing a few very important faces, so look for a complete, official photo later this week!

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The Road to Gulu

Saturday ended up blurring into Sunday as the Team arrived at the Entebbe airport shortly before midnight. High hopes of getting to our hotel in Kampala for a full six hours of sleep were quickly dashed when some key medical supplies were flagged at customs. Paperwork, and lots of it, is a component of any mission - imagine trying to enter another country with suitcases filled with medications. It's not so easy even when you do everything the "right" way as we discovered last night. But as our fearless leader and optimist, Mark Shields, reminded us, "Whatever ...

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Twelve Hours and We Are Half Way There!

We have made it to Amsterdam! Those of us who weren't still trying a few catch a few Z's, saw a gorgeous approach as beams from the sunrise cut through a large rain curtain. Once inside everything was bright and sunny as we took full advantage of our two hour layover to sit in teacups and sample some sweet treats. Mark is doing an excellent job keeping all 40 of us together and reminding us that "Whatever happens it will be fine." Unless of course you don't take your malaria meds! Just ask Carla Northington. Stay tuned for more news from the road.....

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The Final Countdown to Uganda 2019

I love my clocks and I love when I can add a new location to the last one. This will help my daughter with the time zone difference and it's just fun! Team Uganda is now less than 24 hours from its departure from KCI. Over the next 10 days we hope that you will check back frequently to track our progress. God willing and internet connectivity cooperating I will do my best to provide you with photos, anecdotes and stories from the 10th anniversary mission to Gulu, Uganda. Please remember that Gulu is nine hours ahead of Kansas City, so ...

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Innovative Alternatives in Antigua

With every mission trip comes the unexpected challenges. Despite all the planning that comes with moving thirty nine medically trained team members, many who specialize in their own field, seventeen thousand miles away from home with all the equipment, supplies, and comforting donations to provide for six days of intense surgical interventions, something is bound to go unnoticed. This year the challenge presented itself late in the planning phase. Obras Sociales notified surgical team leader Dr. Scott Montgomery at Kansas City Urology Care, P.A., that they were unable to ...

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Arriving in Antigua 2019

Antigua 2019 arrived safely without a single lost or delayed luggage piece. It was election day and several of the interpreters did not show up. Josh Jones, one of the few non-medical individuals, was our hero as his language skills and quick internet searches allowed him to serve as a medical interpreter. Returning physician Dr. Richard Wemer ENT and Dr. Todd Anderson ENT his first mission trip with Medical Missions both from Minnesota. Photo of Audiology team prior to entry into Obras: Lindsey, Katey, Dana, Jessica, Karly, Paxton

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All in the Family

Family is one of the most important things to the people in San Lucas. Families who come with their loved ones, receiving an operation, wait outside the hospital for hours and sometime almost all day, until they know they are okay. Coming from a big, close-knit family, it warms my heart to be immersed in a culture where family is valued. Our Medical Mission team has been blessed this year by the service of the Miller Family. The Miller family, including Mark, his wife Jeanette and their two daughters Sarah Grace and Lois, have been wonderful to get to know and work ...

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San Lucas 2019- We All Have Something To Give

“I have been experiencing pain for about 12 years,” Gaspar told me in regards to his hernia he was having surgery for today. As we talked while he waited for his surgery, he told me about how the hernia had impacted him and his family’s lives. Hernias are common in men Gaspar’s age and even younger, because of the heavy lifting and carrying required by those who work in the coffee fields. Due to the pain the hernia caused, Gaspar could no longer stay working in the coffee fields, causing him to switch jobs. He said the pay working in the coffee fields was ...

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Breaking Barriers

“I can do things you cannot do, you can do things I cannot do, together we can do great things.” -Mother Teresa I can’t think of a better way this quote is represented than by the collaboration of the translators and medical team. This week we get to work with translators Abram and Enma, as well as Sulamita. Sulamita is a part of our team, and her bilingual skills and talents ensure that everything at patient registration runs smoothly.   The translators work with the medical team to better communication for the patients. They relay patient questi...

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San Lucas 2019 – Day One

Welcome to day one of the 10th anniversary San Lucas Medical Missions adventure. Our volunteer team, as well as the hospital staff, started the day ready to serve all who came to the hospital. Our medical team prepared for the first stretch of surgeries. The schedule so far has 80 surgeries, ...

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