Another one of our KGF church families are heading out on Mission, this one to Ecuador! Here’s more from the Ketch’s, Jim & Brigitte, Amanda & Daniel!
So....Medical Ministry International. Here we come. We are ready for adventure
Weather is expected to average 14-15 degrees Celsius. We are expecting a 17 hour flight from Kelowna to Quito, Ecuador. We will overnight in Quito, as members of the team arrive from various parts of Canada and the US.
A local physician will be heading up our team, of Drs. (2), nurses (3), dentists (2), dental students (9), a physio, and three teenagers, (2 of them our own Amanda and Daniel), and a number of local translators, not to mention the other locals, behind the scenes people who will be providing accommodations, meals, transportation, setting up the mobile clinics etc.
From Quito we are expecting a "5hr transfer" to Tena, our base station. Tena is a jungle community in the Ecuadorian rainforest, located on the banks of the Tena River. Our team will work together with local government and churches.
The town is surrounded by many poor villages that do not have regular access to medical and dental care. The people here are not well informed about healthy eating or how to prevent illness. There is little knowledge about or the availability of safe drinking water so waterborne illnesses are common.
Part of the purpose of this MMI project is to train the local health care workers on these topics through the MMI integrated health program.