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Posted on March 11, 2013 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Patient Stories, Volunteering | 0 comments

During the last two weeks, and MMI Team served over 4700 patients. This just doesn’t happen without a lot of planning, execution, and leadership. How does it happen?

We start developing our teams many months in advance. It starts with our in-country Staff who go and assess the area, work with local medical and governmental agencies to determine the needs of the less fortunate. This means that our team is seeking to come alongside the efforts of the local community, help to build capacity, and then determine the type of skills necessary for the team to achieve our goals. Once this has been determined, it is submitted to the International Programs Team for approval.

The MMI International Programs Team is looking for impact. How many are in need, what resources and skills are necessary to ensure success. They also want to be sure that the Team is in position to be safe, secure and recharge each evening so that they can give 100% of their time and energy to serving the people in need. This includes food, accommodations, etc. in addition to the type of services needed.

Once all the various requirements are met, the Project is approved and listed on the MMI Project Calendar for solicitation of Volunteers to serve on the team. The MMI Development Team also begins to seek out supplies, equipment, etc. so that the team will have the tools needed to execute the Project. This could include bandages, generators, protable dental units, etc. It’s a logistical challenge, but one that the MMI Team is used to executing. We have over 40 years experience that comes in quite handy as we prepare to serve.

Volunteers begin to sign up and our Medical and Project Directors begin to determine areas of need for the team. This includes both Medical and Non-medical personnel as there is a position for all types of skills on many teams. We need people that are flexible and are ready to work hard. If you are looking for a working “vacation” this is not the place to be. Please understand, our volunteers have a great time, but our goal is to serve the poor. All extra activities will be secondary to this goal.

The execution of the Project is all about using the skills and resources of the team to serve as many people as possible. It’s not about the numbers, but about being efficient, accountable, and excellent at all we say and do. It is also about the physical and spiritual well being of those we serve. In many cases, we can’t help everyone, but it will not be for lack of effort and focus. God expects nothing less and we will do our best to honor His gifts.

If you want to make the most of your skills, resources, and talent. Join us or support our teams. We can’t do it without you!