Serving people in need is our greatest joy. Most ( not all) of the people who join us on our medical mission trips are followers of Jesus.
Jesus tells us that when we feed a hungry person, or clothe a naked person, or heal a sick person in his name, we are feeding and clothing and healing Jesus Himself.
Jesus says " As you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me." ( Matthew 25: 31 to 46)
One of the best parts of medical mission trips is falling in love with the children.
In fact, it's the best part.
And it changes you. On the inside.
When you return home, you see the world differently.
Many people, including the young woman pictured here, describe our medical mission trips as a " life-changing experience".
These are the people we are helping.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported the work of Kateri Medical Services. Your contributions help us to help about 20,000 people every year.
You can make a big impact with your donations. It costs us about $4.50 to help each person. A donation of $45 brings medical care to 10 people. $450 helps 100 people with medical care. $4,500 helps 1,000 people.
And one more thing. 96.5 % of your donation goes directly to building clinics, paying doctors and nurses and lab technicians and pharmacists. We keep our overhead very low. All of the Americans on our team work for no pay. And we all pay for our own travel expenses when we travel to Nigeria.
Plans are now being made for our first medical mission outreach in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Pictured here is Ven. Tom Furrer, President of Kateri Medical Services and Rev. Dr. Olaniyi Olaobaju, founder and director of two medical clinics in the Port Harcourt area. While Port Harcourt is a relatively prosperous city in Southern Nigeria, there are many poor people among the indigenous people of the area. These are the people served by Dr. Niyi's clinics.
In October, Kateri Medical Services will be conducting our first outreach in Port Harcourt in partnership with Dr. Olaniyi and volunteers from the Diocese of Niger Delta North.
The building committee in the Diocese of Gusau, Nigeria. Kateri Medical Services builds and runs clinics in partnership with local churches in Nigeria. Our partners manage the details of building and running clinics. We help raise funds and bring medical mission teams for one-week outreaches every year.
Pictured here are members of the local team in Gusau. From left are Mr. Emmanuel (chairman of the diocesan building committee), Ven. Tom Furrer, President of Kateri Medical Services, Ven Obinna Nnebe, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and Mr. Olatunbosun, diocesan treasurer.