Medical Mission serves in Belmopan

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-10h51m00s60Members of the Church of Christ in Oklahoma along with volunteers came to Belize to offer clinical services to Belizeans. They are working in collaboration with the Church of Christ congregation in Belmopan. Gary Lan, one of the American members of the Church of Christ, who was in part in charge of this relationship between the two churches, tells us more about the visiting team .



Gary Lan – Church of Christ, Oklahoma:

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-10h53m01s235We’ve brought a Medical Mission here to Belize, and we’re working with the local congregation here, Church of Christ in Belmopan.  We do our missions, usually alternating between Belize and Guyana.  This year’s our trip to Belize, and we’re very glad to be here.   We have 26 with us.  We have one Doctor.  We have one Nurse Practitioner.  We have 5 Nurses,  We have an Optician with us. We have two Dentists.  Then we have a lot of support people that register when people come.  They also help with the flow of the clinic. Everyone that comes is a volunteer, in fact they spend their own money to come, which covers their air travel,  it covers the ground travel here in Belize, the lodging, food and everything in the way of expense.  We do purchase some of the medications ourselves, and it’s specifically purchased in Belize.  We do have pharmaceutical companies that also will give us medication, but the only specification is to be used in Belize.


Gary also told about the cost of the service


Gary Lan – Church of Christ, Oklahoma:

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-10h51m31s117Everything’s free.  The service, doctor service, dental service, glasses, the vision service is all free. Including the medications.  It’s designed to help those that are less able to help themselves. 


We talked to other members of the clinical team and they shared their thoughts on the mission.


Dustin Poa – Family Physician:

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-11h14m56s39Ever since I became a physician, I felt like it was something that I had the training and gifts to be able to give  back to people.  I felt this was a great opportunity   for me to do that.  I’ve been able to do this a couple of times in the past, and I felt led to do it again. 




Noel Young – Optician:

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-11h25m02s9I don’t get paid to do this.  At work I lose money, and then it costs me money to come here.  So it’s a kind of sacrifice, but I enjoy it.  I love the people, and love what I do to help. 

I have seen people actually cry from wearing a pair of glasses that they can now see with.  They may not have afforded it here in Belize, and we bring hundred of glasses, where we can try and match their prescription, and help them somewhat to be able to see or read.



The clinical services started today and will continue until Friday, July 26th. The team will be working from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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