The next Jamaica Medical Mission is scheduled for
December 31, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Traveling to Jamaica on medical missions is one of the many outreach opportunities the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg provides for its members. Biology professor emeritus Steve Mills, and Don Riffle, have orchestrated several such visits by teams sponsored by FUMC.
that originated from a desire of Rockport physician Dr. Wallace Carpenter
and his wife, Diane, to help people in the poverty-stricken region around of Falmouth,
Jamaica has been continued by groups from the Midwest for the past 15
years. Volunteer groups of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, construction
workers, pre-med students, high school students, and others arrive
several times a month to donate a week of their time to staff a free medical
clinic in Falmouth. An average of 100 patients are served each day the
clinic is open. The clinic is operated by the Methodist Parish when
volunteer staffing is available. Volunteers also visit with children in an area
orphanage, and elementary school providing Bible school and music lessons.
The overwhelming outpouring of appreciation by the local community continues to amaze the medical teams. Evidence of God's blessings are apparent every day and the gifts of each team member blossom as opportunities arise.
Most of the needed supplies for the medical clinic are donated. There is a continued need for acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen, Aleve, allergy or sinus medications, adult and pediatric vitamins, adult and children's anti-fungal skin creams, antibiotic creams, arthritic creams, and yeast infection medications. Unused prescription medications such as those used to treat osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are accepted at FUMC in preparation for the mission trips. Some non-medical items are also needed such as school supplies, soap, and other personal care items. Used prescription eye-glasses are also in great demand, and monetary donations are always welcomed.
Donations are greatly appreciate, and accepted in the office of the First United Methodist Church at 141 E. Gay Street, Warrensburg, Missouri.