"I was sick and you looked after me."
Matthew 25:36

Uganda Trip - Jan. 2017


Westminster Medical Missions 2017 Uganda Mission Team Report

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, a team of ten people left for Northern Uganda for the 24th year of Westminster Medical Missions trips to Uganda. The 2017 Westminster Medical Missions Servant team members were Dr. Bill Harden, Becky Harden, Dr. Lisa Nelson-Robinson, David Duritza, Tera Joyner, RN, Meredith Hayes, RN, Kourtney McGrady, Clyde Davis, Brock Swanson and Susan Alston.  

We were able to perform 42 surgeries by the Ugandan doctors and our surgeon ( Dr. Lisa did 19 thyroid surgeries). As per our custom we were able to give food bags to all patients in the children's ward (with toys/beanie babies) as well as the maternity, surgical and medical wards.  



We went to a Babies home, a dispensary and the AIDS clinic as well as hut visits. We gave much needed medical supplies to the dispensary. Sr. Gabriella noted that their only BP cuff had "died" that morning and we happened to have two in our donation bag.  


We held a type of vacation bible school and easily got ~100 kids to participate on one day and gave out ~another 100 packets to kids in the hospital compound over several days. Coloring books, pencils, sharpeners, and candy in each bag and hand painting were causes of unending smiles.  

We bought and packed hundreds of bags of giveaway food that included handmade bags, sugar, beans, oil, posho and soap. We spent over $1,000 dollars on food for distribution and over $1,000 on building and/or repairing huts. Daily hut visits as always was a very special time to assist those "weak" ones or those whose huts had been burned or the "child head" family with no visible means of support except for their neighbors. The privilege to be the giver of new clothes, toys and a "sweet" is something so special  that one cannot describe both the joy and the sorrow at the same time and it does not change regardless how many times it is repeated.  




 We thank each of you for your continued support. If God is willing we will plan on our 25th year 2018 Westminster Medical Missions Team trip to Uganda in January. We ask for your continued prayers as we continue to do the work that we feel God has set before us.

Doctor Bill Harden, Team Leader