If You Would Like to Help

If you are interested in helping the Medical Mission and Evangelism Team in Cambodia in December of this year here are some things you can do.

First is Pray
There are certain individuals who have offered to pray for me on this trip on a regular basis.  I prepare prayer updates for these individuals and email it to them (or, in some cases send them through the mail).  If you feel led of the Lord to be included in this group of intercessors just send me an email at kurtdwright@earthlink.net and include in the subject line "add me to your prayer list."  That's all you need.  I'll include you on the cc list and you will receive the next prayer update via email.

You Can Help by Providing Medicines and Vitamins
There just might be a medical service provider or pharmacist reading this blog.  You might be interested in this...
pharmacy table at one of the 2009 Clinics
There is a great need for Medicines and Vitimins, I like to refer to them by the acronym M&V, it's much easier.

When I say "medicines" think of over-the-counter type drugs.  Here are some examples:

a. Pain reliever - Ibuprofen (Motrin), Acetaminophin (Tylenol)  [Need a lot of this]
b. Antihistamine - Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride (Benadryl); Loratadine; Fexofenadine; Pheniramine Maleate 
c. Cough suppressant- Dextromethorphan HBr; Benzonatate
d. Expectorant - Guaifensesin
e. Decongestant - Phenylephrine Hydrochloride
f. Antibiotic creams
g. Anti-diarrhea - Loperamide (Imodium)

pharmacy table at another 2009 clinic
This, of course, is not a comprehensive list.  Regrettably I did not keep a list of the medicines that were distributed last year.  But, this gives you and idea of what some of them were. When you consider this list I ask you think of something.  For those of you who are parents, this won't be hard.  I want you to imagine your child waking you up in the middle of the night with a very bad cold or flu. They are crying, coughing and wheezing.  You feel their head and you know instantly they have a fever. What do you do?  Look at the list of medicines above, you probably would use several of them to help your child.  And if your medicine cabinet was fresh out, some of you might even go to the 24-hour Wal Mart down the street at 3:00 AM and buy what you need for your child.  Now, I want you to play back that scenario but change one thing.  You live in a jungle hundreds of miles away from any type of medical service provider and any type of medicine that could help your child.  On top of that you have no money.  Hopefully that helps some of you understand how a father or mother feels when they can get something to help their child at one of these clinics.

Our Mission Team takes a lot of M&Vs with us in our suitcases ("mission suitcase" or "pharmacy suitcase").  When we arrive we are able to stock the pharmacy table immediatley and go to work.  The more M&Vs we have on hand the more we can distribute to the poor, needy people that we come to serve!

If you are capable of providing free M&Vs contact me at kurtdwright@eathlink.net.  You can either mail them to me, or if you live anywhere close to western North Carolina I will come to you and  pick them up.  I will pack them in my "pharmacy suitcase" and take them with me.

You Can Help Through Giving
There are some things that you can do through giving that you might not have thought about.  The Lord has already provided all the money necessary for me to join the Team in December.  However, there are some areas where funds could greatly help.  If you feel led to give an offering to the Lord by means of supporting this Team here are some areas of financial need.

1.  Medical Doctor - Nelson David
Help send Dr. Nelson David.  Dr. Nelson is scheduled to join us however not all of his funds have come in yet.  Dr. Nelson is from India.  There he provides medical care to many needy people often using his own home as a medical clinic.  He has been on the Cambodia Medical Mission Team before.  Need = $ 800

2. M&Vs
You can help provide M&Vs.  The way to do that is by giving cash.  M&Vs are inexpensive in Cambodia, only a fraction of the retail cost in the USA.  If the Mission Team had "M&V funds" on hand we could use that money to buy M&Vs in Cambodia and restock our supplies 'on the fly.'  Need = $1,500

3.  Extra Van
It is possible that we may need to take a 3rd Van on this two week Mission Trip due to the size of the Team.  If that is true, that 3rd Van will cost $1,500.  That's what it costs to pay for renting the vehicle plus the salary of the driver who owns it and drives it for the Mission Team.  I will update this page if that turns out to be true.