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Annual Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

The annual Medical Mission team is led by a local Kansas doctor every March. Westwood volunteers along with approximately 60 others from MMI — medical professionals and general helpers from all over the U.S. and Canada — work in medical clinics set up daily in villages located in poverty-stricken areas of Dominican Republic. Part of the group also performs surgeries in a local hospital. All patients hear the Good News of Jesus Christ in addition to medical care. Both bodies and souls are healed on this trip.
 
The trip is open to anyone willing to share Jesus’ love with others. No medical experience is needed. Volunteers are also needed to pray for the trip, provide financial support, sew cloth bags for patient medications, paste Spanish health messages on used greeting cards, and help pack tubs of supplies. Donations of small bars of soap, toothpaste, matchbox cars, small dolls and hair barrettes are always needed.
 
2024 Mission Trip
Westwood Medical Mission team, Dr. Stephanie, David, Donna, Pastor Tom and Abby along with Jim, Sharon and Glenda, are on their way to the Dominican Republic. Our Prayers are with you as you serve the wonderful Dominican people.
 
2023 Mission Trip
Westwood’s Dr. Stephanie Thompson will be one of the many volunteers to minister to the MMI mission.
 
After 4 delayed flights and a rerouting through JFK, Dr Stephanie finally arrived in the Dominican Republic at 1am. There was no problem getting supplies through customs at that time. The MMI Medical Mission will be traveling by bus to Las Matas de Farfan today.
The MMI mission team arrived in Las Matas for lunch after a four hour bus ride from Santo Domingo. After lunch, the team had orientation with Dr Ben the Medical Director and Dr Teo the country director. The surgical team headed out to set up the surgery rooms and the surgeons saw patients and scheduled surgeries through Wednesday.
The MMI team went to El Naranjo today where they found many patients waiting to see the. There were 5 medical doctors who set up their office in a large classroom and saw patients with the help of a translator. They were able to do urine tests, simple blood tests, knee injections and even had a handheld ultrasound. Dr Stephanie saw a special patient with a thyroid problem.
 
Sunrise at Las Matas for Day 2. The team wakes up at 6am and the staff is already making sandwiches to bring for everyone’s lunch. There is a Prayer meeting at 6:15am, breakfast and devotions at 6:30 and they hit the road for the hospital or a village by 7:30am. The medical team were pretty craped today with the eye team working next to the dental team. The medical docs are draining swollen knee. Dr. Stephanie’s interesting case today was diagnosing a case of chicken pox in a tow year old. 
Day 3 of the MMI DR mission trip. The medical team arrived in Los Jobos today while the kids were coming to school. The team set up in close quarters in the school and treated some new hypertensive patients. Near the school is the Colmida corner store for groceries. The big adventure last night was to go into town to “Bon” for ice cream.
Day 4 at MMI DR mission trip. The team was at Elias Pina today which is on the Haitian border, so they had patients come from Haiti to see the doctors. The patients took home their medications and personal hygiene items in some of the 400+ cloth bags made by members of Westwood. They also received a Spanish health information card our church members made on Mission Sunday. 
Day 5 at MMI DR – last workday
The medical team arrived at the village and there were massive amounts of patients waiting in line for the team. The first step is always to unload the supplies from the big yellow truck and set up the clinic. The surgical team has had longs days at the hospital all week doing general surgery and BYN surgery.
 
 

Elpis Foundation 

The Elpis Foundation in Romania is the TUMI (The Urban Ministry Institute) Romanian Satellite. They are in the process of translating books and manuals for a seminary-level education for poor rural pastors. Most are pastors for multiple towns and have an 8th grade education and very little resources for supporting their churches. The classes have started in 4 areas of the country, with plans to go into the prisons, Ukraine, Moldova, and other countries with Romanian speaking communities.
 
 
 
Westwood Elpis
 
 
 

Antioch Partners

The Antioch Partners (TAP) is a missionary sending agency which partners with Presbyterian and other churches to send out followers of Jesus to participate in God’s mission in the world through long-term (two years or more), cross-cultural, incarnation service.
 
 
 

Presbyterian General Mission

Committed to sending mission personnel, Empowering the global church and equipping the Presbyterian Church (USA) for mission as together we address the root causes of poverty, work for reconciliation amid cultures of violence, and share the good news of God’s saving love through Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
Westwood Mission
Westwood PEB

Presbyterian Education Board 

Provides a quality, Christian-based education for students in Pakistan. We sponsor several children with their tuition, room & board and uniforms.
 
 
 

The Navigators

The mission of The Navigators is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through life-on-life mentoring—or discipling—relationships with people, and equipping them to do the same for others. It’s what we call “generational multiplication,” as described in 2 Timothy: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV).
 
 
 

Mission Aviation Fellowship – The Gandy Family

Westwood helps to sponsor Jack and Leigha Gandy, who serve Jesus through the MAF in the Papua, Indonesia. Jack is a pilot/mechanic. Jack has a passion for reaching the lost and sharing God’s love with the world. Leigha continues to raise their children, Elisabeth and David, as well as cultivate gospel-centered relationships with whomever she meets. Updates on the Gandy family and their work in the Papa are posted on the Outreach bulletin board in the Westwood atrium. Prayer is always needed. Visit the MAF website to discover other ways you can support this ministry.
 
 

The Outreach Foundation 

The development of Christianity in Pakistan is nurtured through a commitment to Gujranwala Theological Seminary providing theological training to men and women of Pakistan.
 
 
 
Westwood Outreach
 

One Collective

One Collective is a global non-profit that works in communities around the world and is passionate about making sure no one is invisible, and everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness. Following Jesus-we bring people together to help the oppressed in order that lives and communities can be transformed.
 
 

Frontier Partners International

 
Mike Parks and his wife Sheri, serve in crisis regions with unreached/unengaged communities that have little or no assistance and that suffer from oppression, persecution, war or natural disasters.
Since helping repatriate refugees from the Kosovo conflict in 1999, Mike and Sheri have overseen disaster response and development operations for more than 20 years in places such as Afghanistan, Sudan-Darfur, Lebanon and Northern Iraq to bring physical, mental and spiritual healing and health. Prior to this work, Mike was Pastor for Calvary Chapel in Wichita, Ks, and an engineer for Boeing.
Mike and Sheri have five beautiful children.
 
 
 

Alaska Christian College

Alaska Christian College is located in Soldotna Alaska. Their Mission is to empower Alaska Natives through Biblically based higher education and Christian formation to pursue excellence in character, learning and service as followers of Christ.
Westwood volunteers travel to Alaska each year to assist in many projects such as building maintenance, restore and renovate roadways and much more.
 
2023 Trip
 
Day 1
Westwood’s Alaska Mission Team is off to Soldotna Alaska to serve at the Alaska Christian College. A lot of time in the airports!
 
Day 2
The team have a day of sightseeing before they start serving at the College. They went to Homer for Church and lunch. Tonight, they are all dressed and ready for a raft ride.
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Day 3
The team has been serving today at Alaska Christian College. Some of the ladies are making quilts for a fundraiser in October. Others are working on a new gym with framing, sheet rocking, mudding. Then others are doing yard work.
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Day 4
Mama moose and her babies visit the Westwood Alaska Mission team every morning. Our ladies were busy working on quilts, Jaxon fixed the bikes, guys working on the gym and Bruce is the master van cleaner. Then a little fishing after dinner.
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Day 5
The Mission team is making progress on the gym. The van washer got some good help to clean the vans. The quilters went shopping for more fabric. Be sure to check out what they had for lunch. 
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Day 6
The Westwood Alaska mission team quilters have finished beautiful quilts. The construction men are up on ladders. There is unity of the group with devotions and meals.
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Last Day
The Westwood Alaska mission team accomplished a lot and had a fun time working together. They made new friends and experienced God’s presence while putting their skills to work in His name.
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2022 Trip
 
Day 1
The team left early in the morning with different groups taking different flights. Next, they have a 3-hour van ride to arrive at Alaska Christian College.
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Day 2
The Team had a Sabbath day of rest after traveling all day on Saturday. They went on a boat ride seeing whales and wildlife and even got to feel a piece of a glacier. Monday they will start working on projects at Alaska Christian College.
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Day 3
The guys of the Westwood Alaska Mission Team were working outside today in the rain cutting wood and improving the landscape around the college. Way to go!
 
Day 4
The Westwood Alaska Mission Team is busy serving at Alaska Christian College. The women are sewing Kuspuk. Native clothes of Alaska. The Kuspuk’s are sold, and the money is used for scholarships. The guys are chopping wood, cutting down trees, mowing, refinishing decks and working on dry wall inside the building. 
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Day 5
The Alaska Mission Team continue to Bless the Alaska Christian College.
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Day 6
The Westwood Alaska Mission Team worked together with a group from “He’s Alive Church” near Charlotte, NC.