Many from the Jacksonville area are returning home from different 3rd world countries all across the world.
This Saturday evening at 4:30, the Chapin Lion’s Club is holding a pulled pork and soup supper to help raise money for another mission trip to Haiti.
Teresa Schroeder, who is a part of In His Service,recently joined our WLDS “AM Conversation” to discuss her recent mission trips. She’s been on a total of 27 international mission trips. She’s one of 19 people recently returning from Ghana. She says there’s no paid staff who work for In His Service. Schroeder talks about how she decides on her next mission trip.
“I personally pray about it, for countries that I go. I am a part of a larger organization called TECH, Technical Exchange for Christian Healthcare. There’s over a 100 of us in the organization. We are always networking. We need a doctor, we need a dentist, a construction worker or someone to help cooking. There’s always a need presented in front of you for a county for someone who is going to.” said Schroeder.
Schroeder explains what she usually takes away from the mission trips.
“I think that it’s very good for us to not be in our own little bubble. When we go on a mission trip, we hand carry supplies and on this trip, we carried nearly 3,000 pounds with us to the 60 bed hospital. ” said Schroeder.
During her many trips, Schroeder and her group usually stay in a local town or village close to their assigned hospital. She gives a perspective on how things are a bit different in African hospitals.
“Actually the hospital is very common to a hospital in Haiti. The person needs to buy the medication and supplies that they need before they can receive it while they are in the hospital. There’s no kitchen, no food provided for at the hospital. Patient has to have a family member come in and cook the food for them or bring them food. Whatever clothes they come in with, if the family doesn’t bring a change of clothes, they’ll have the same clothes on 2 or 3 days later. So it’s not like a hospital that we have in the states.” said Schroeder.
Schroeder says she feels like this is something she is called to do. She’s planning on going to Ethiopia for her next trip. If you would like to help donate to the cause or help Schroeder make her way to her next trip, call In His Service at 217-243-8696.
To listen to the whole conversation, click on the link below: