Early in 2004, we sent two delegates with another church to explore the possibilities of doing an on-going medical mission experience in Jamaica. A partnership was established and preparations began for the first mission experience to take place in 2005.
To share God's love by using our time, talents and treasures to provide medical, dental and educational services for the people in small communities located near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Our mission helps enable our partners at Lauriston and St. Andrews churches reach within their communities and provide for those who cannot afford medical or dental care.
A Medical/Dental Mission Trip
In February 2005, St. Luke's began a partnership with the United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Our team was led by Steve Holloway. He has led mission teams in Jamaica for more than 20 years, and is on board again to lead our 2010 trip.
Two Locations in Jamaica
Patients are seen at St. Andrews United Church in Ocho Rios and the Lauriston United Church in St. Ann, up in the mountains. The teams work closely with church members and staff to coordinate patients as well as medical, dental and educational services.
Medical, Dental and Health Education
Medical patients are of all ages with various ailments. We deliver immediate care. We do not perform surgery. Dental care mainly involves tooth extractions. Teeth cleaning is possible if we have a hygienist. We also conduct vision screening to fit patients with reading glasses. We offer health education concurrently with the medical and dental care.
Who Should Go?
We need 4 doctors or nurse practitioners, 4 registered nurses, 2 dentists, 2 dental assistants, 4 pharmacists, 2 opticians, health educators and non medical people. Although this is a medical/dental mission trip, there is need for many skills such as: caring, communicating and teaching. Tasks may include filling prescriptions, screening for reading glasses, taking information or helping with organizational tasks. You don't have to have medical or dental experience, just a loving heart. There will be team training before you go, so you will be prepared.