How is Medical Missions Outreach different from other organizations of its type?
Medical Missions Outreach partners with local New Testament churches in developing countries to provide quality care as an outreach to the community in an effort to share the gospel and make an eternal impact on our patients. The local pastor or missionary, along with his church people, shares the gospel with each patient who comes through the clinic. Then long after our team is gone, the patients will have the opportunity to seek prayer and counsel for their spiritual needs and will have support and feel love from that pastor, missionary, and church people who live and work right in their own community.
Is the work MMO does sustainable?
Because we work with local missionaries and national pastors in their communities to share the gospel with each patient who enters our clinics, we can assure you that our work is sustainable. Our providers also focus heavily on patient education in order to empower individuals to care for themselves and their families properly, following up with local healthcare providers for continued treatment as needed. For more about how this model works, read “Volunteerism: Helpful or Harmful?”
Does my donation really make a difference?
Want to donate to a non-profit but don’t think your pennies will help? I challenge you to think again. Nonprofit organizations are often overlooked or pushed to a donor’s back burner during challenging times like these. But thanks to the CARES Act signed into law back in late March, donors who don’t itemize can now donate $300 (individual filers) or $600 (joint filers) and take an “above the line” deduction for cash donations to public charities (like MMO). If you itemize on your taxes, this year you can deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for cash donations to public charities (like MMO). Businesses can donate up to 25% for corporate tax years ending in 2020. What does that mean in simple terms? A deduction “above the line” on your tax return means you will pay less in taxes because your adjusted gross income will be lower.
This would be a benefit to you by providing a reduced tax liability from a super tough COVID-19 year on your 1040 next April and help MMO continue its mission as we look forward to traveling around the world in 2021 to Use Medicine to Point Others to the Great Physician. Still think your pennies aren’t worth the effort? Think again and consider donating to a public charity, like MMO, in 2020.
Be blessed, be safe, be well,
Norie Rose, MBA, CFP®
Small print stuff: Although the CARES Act allows for cash donations to fall within the temporary deductibility rules, securities and other assets do not count. Another important item of note is that your donation must go directly to the public charity and cannot be made to a 509(a)3 supporting organization or be made to your DAF (donor advised fund). Remember, this tax deduction provision is temporary and is only available for qualified donations made before 12/31/2020.
Disclaimer: MMO provides this information for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a solicitation or to be a substitute for or constitute legal, tax, or investment advice, and should not be considered as such. Please seek professional advice from your tax, legal, or investment advisor if you have any questions or need assistance with your charitable intent.
How can nursing/medical students benefit from taking a trip?
We love having students along on our trips, and value the opportunity to encourage future healthcare providers to consider their contribution to global healthcare. We will make every effort to put students on a rotation schedule through different clinic stations, depending upon team size and the types of clinics available. These stations may include triage, lab, pharmacy, and assisting a provider.
Though we primarily serve in developing countries, we do maintain the same ethical standards by which we abide in the States. Please do not expect to perform skills or procedures that would not be within your scope of practice as a student. We will have licensed medical professionals available to help you learn, but we are careful to protect our patients, our providers, and the testimonies of Medical Missions Outreach and the local church with whom we will be working.
Although we want to teach and we want the student to have a rich learning experience, our primary goal is to serve a large number of patients so that they can hear the gospel. We will endeavor to teach as much as we can, time permitting.
As a non-medical volunteer, how can I contribute to clinic?
You will probably be surprised by how much you can contribute to clinic even as a non-medical volunteer! There are some very important tasks that we can quickly train you to do, enabling our providers to see more patients. You might be asked to help escort patients, assist in triage, stock and organize supplies for lab and pharmacy, or pull glasses for our vision team. We will send out your clinic assignment before the trip, and we will give further details during team orientation. You’re going to love serving with MMO!
Can my church or school group travel with MMO?
We would love for your church or school group to join one of our teams! Please have your trip leader reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to reserve multiple spots on one of our upcoming trips.
What does the trip cost cover/not cover?
Covered by your trip payment:
- Airfare from and to your major preferred airport (or as close as we can get to it!)
- Three meals per day
- In-country transportation (may be an in-country flight, depending upon the destination)
- Clinic supplies and medications for our patients
- Costs associated with clinic set up
- Travel insurance
- Your Welcome Packet
NOT covered by your trip payment:
- Passport fees
- Visa fees
- Vaccinations and travel medications
- Your personal clinic supplies (for providers/students only): gloves, disinfectant wipes, BP cuff, stethoscope, otoscope, hand sanitizer, etc.
- In-transit expenses: meals in airports, lodging in the event of a delay (see Travel Insurance), etc.
How can I raise funds for my trip?
Once you have been accepted and your deposit is processed, you will be able to log in to your account and set up a fundraising page for your remaining trip balance. You will be able to personalize this page and publish it to social media, send through email, etc. Your donors can use this link to donate directly to your trip. It’s easy and very helpful! Just pay close attention to your fundraising deadline!
We ask that you do not conduct fundraisers for your individual trip outside of this site. Fundraisers on GoFundMe, FaceBook (other than posting the link to the above public profile), etc. are in violation of our fundraising policy and will jeopardize your place on the team. Please direct all questions to our financial department.
If my fundraising exceeds the cost of my trip, where does the money go?
We ask that you carefully communicate your fundraising progress and deadline to your donors. Should any funds be received after your balance has been paid and/or the deadline has passed, the funds will be used toward the overall costs of the clinic. We appreciate any funds given that will help us extend our pharmacy capabilities for the patients we will see.
When will I receive my airline tickets?
The days of receiving paper tickets are long gone! A couple of weeks before your trip, you will receive an email that contains a spreadsheet for our team’s flight itinerary. Your confirmation number will be on this sheet so that you can check in ahead of time on the airline’s website if you wish. You’ll also be able to see team member’s flight plans to know who might be flying out of your departure airport and see when you’ll meet up with the rest of the team. For more information about your Travel Day, please watch this video.
What should I pack?
Packing can be complicated! To take the guesswork out of packing we created this packing guide. Please note, however, that the packing list contains suggested items, and you won’t want or need every item for every trip. Take your destination into consideration when deciding what to include.
What type of accommodations can I expect?
Though our accommodations can vary greatly due to the wide spectrum of locations where we serve, we make safety and comfort a priority when selecting our accommodations. You’ll work hard during the day, and we want you to rest well at night! We typically book a hotel (two team members per room). If you are traveling with a friend, please let us know ahead of time if you’d like to room together. If the remoteness of our location deems it necessary to use dormitory-style housing, we will let you know ahead of time and make sure you know whether to bring linens or other extra items for special situations.