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People Healing People : :  FAQ
  1. How do we do this?
2. What is it like?
3. Who can go?
4. When do we go?
5. What do I bring?
6. Do I need to know Spanish?
7. How do I sign up?
8. How do we get there?

Answers:

1.  How do we do this?

By providing the opportunity for short term medical mission trips to Juarez, Mexico since 2003.  We partner with local doctors and ministries to provide outpatient medical care to isolated desert and urban communities which lack basic medical care.  Our goal in 2005 is to expand our outreach into improving the hearing and dental health of the people of Juarez.  Also in the plans for 2005 and 2006 is the development of a surgical mission in ENT and plastic surgery.
 
2. What is it like?
Outpatient clinics are staffed on Monday-Thursday of each trip week from 0900 to about 1700. You can come and work everyday or pick the days you would like to work.  We see about 100 patients a day at each site.  Most patients need basic medical treatment for both routine (sinusitis, anemia) and Mexico specific (dysentery, parasites) conditions.  We work with a great local doctor, Hugo Mendez, who has dedicated his life to the Lord by serving the people of Juarez.  We routinely pray for nearly all of our patients and it is common that 1 or 2 will respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by accepting Him as their Savior before your eyes.
 
We travel, sleep and eat with the building teams of People Building People.  At night, we worship and sleep under the stars of the desert.
 
3.  Who can go?
Anyone who wants to do help touch people who need healing.  We currently have medical and surgical doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, an audiologist and several dental professionals involved.  We also use laypersons to work in our pharmacy, check patients in to the clinic and do eye and hearing screens.      
 
4.  When do we go?
For 2005, we will concentrate our medical teams on Week 2 (June 17-26) and Week 5 (July 8-17) (Trip list).  If you plan to go with People Building People on other weeks, we can still possibly get you involved in the medical mission work that is ongoing in Juarez. 
 
5.  What do I bring?
Mainly a desire to get out of your comfort zone for God and minister for people who need physical and spiritual healing.  We encourage medical professionals to bring their own equipment (i.e. stethoscopes, otoscopes).  Please review the Things to Bring checklist.  If you have access to any medical supplies or equipment please contact us.
 
6.  Do I need to know Spanish?
It is certainly great if you do know Spanish, but it is not required.  We have interpreters that assist us with both medical and spiritual issues.
 
7.  How do I sign up?
Click here and sign up for a trip.  Note on the registration page that you are interested in medical work and state you interest and profession.  We encourage you to contact us directly so we can get to know you prior to departure.

8.  How do we get there?
We travel with the building teams of People Building People. We drive through the night on Friday and Saturday morning on a "Greyhound-like" tour bus to Dallas, Texas. There we transfer our gear to a our mission vans and fellowship with the mission team coming from Mexico. We then travel to a church in Odessa, Texas for the night. Sunday we travel the remainder of the way to Juarez.

Coming home we make it to Ranger, Texas on Friday. We meet the next mission team again in Dallas on Saturday morning, where we transfer everything back to the bus and head for Arkansas. We stay at a hotel in on Saturday night and enjoy a great time at the pool. We arrive back in Cincinnati on Sunday night.  Click here to review a general mission itinerary.

Alternatively, you can fly into Dallas or El Paso.  From there you will be picked up by our mission teams and continue to Mexico. If you choose to fly down the transportation cost of the trip will be waived.   Please read question #14 "Can I fly?" for more information.

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