What does a “typical OSMM team” look like?
OSMM (One Spirit Medical Missions) is a Christian organization whose mission is to provide Christ centered medical care to Haiti and other countries in need, through clinical care and community health education. While being a Christian is not a requirement, those joining a team must be supportive of its goals and commitments.
A typical medical mission team consists of 6-12 individuals; a team leader, medical director, physicians, health care providers and aides (non-medical personnel). Frequently local providers will help as well. On average a team will spend 10 days out of the USA.
While serving in country, medical clinics will be conducted for orphans, school children and members of the communities in which we are serving. Ages may range from infants to the elderly. Duties may include examinations, administering or applying medications to patients, working in the pharmacy, preventative health care and/or community health education.
One of the most exciting aspects of mission travel is the unexpected God moments as He takes us through His agenda for each team and individual. If we are vague when asked about what we are going to do while in country, it’s because plans often change based on opportunities given us. That’s one reason we don’t like to schedule every day with a multitude of “to do’s”. Some of our most amazing experiences have occurred on “down” days.
Trips are financed by the individual team members, through personal funding and/or fundraising. Four or five team meetings will take place prior to the trip in order for the members to become acquainted with each other, to understand the goals of that particular team, to answer questions and to grow spiritually.
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