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.
Breaking ground for new doctors quarters at the Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hospital in Gidan Waya, our newest facility.
Shown here is Bishop Markus Dogo supervising the work of digging the foundations.
To learn more about our work, visit our web site at www.katericlinic.org
Work is continuing on Kateri Medical Service's next clinic in Gusau. We are partnering with the Anglican Diocese of Gusau to build Graceland Anglican Hospital. Gusau is the capital city of Zamfara State in northern Nigeria.
Phase 1 of the new hospital will be completed in October, 2018. We will have a Dedication Service for the new hospital and then follow that up with a week long free medical outreach. After that, we will open the new hospital for business. As with all of our clinics, we charge on a sliding scale according to the patient's ability to pay.
To learn more about our work, go to www.katericlinic.org
Dr. Okeme Arome tells about the work of Kateri Clinic. We serve rural people who live about 90 minutes drive from an urban center where there are more advanced medical facilities and medical specialists. Most of the residents of Kateri and surrounding villages cannot afford the medical care available in cities. So our doctors provide basic healthcare for a wide variety of ailments, including malaria, typhoid, dysentery, child birth problems and road traffic accident victims (RTAs). Our doctors are generalists who must improvise to offer a wide range of services which are key otherwise available to the rural poor.