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

Uganda Trip - Jan. 2018


Westminster Medical Missions 2018 Uganda Mission Team Report

View Doctor Bill's Presentation to the Church

On Saturday, January 13-26 2018, a team of eleven people left for Northern Uganda for the 25th year of Westminster Medical Missions trips to Uganda. The 2018 Westminster Medical Missions Servant team members were Dr. Bill Harden, Becky Harden, David Duritza, Kourtney McGrady-Pharmacist, Brock Swanson, Rachel Brown-RN, Ed Brady-RN, Kim Matzel-Brown- PA-C, Bob Matzel, Cynthia Gary- PA-C, and Liz Myers


This year we did not have an American surgeon to go we us so we paid a Ugandan surgeon to perform 25 thyroid surgeries. 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. This year while in Uganda my sister, Ruby Shelton, died. She had supported our efforts in Uganda for many years. This year Kim Matzel-Brown PA-C (my first ever PA in West Virginia, went back with us with her father Bob). She delivered a set of twins who were named Bill and Ruby (pictured). What a blessing.


We bought and packed hundreds of bags of giveaway food that included handmade bags, sugar, beans, oil, posho and soap. We spent more on food for distribution and on building and/or repairing huts than we have ever spent thanks to many generous donations including Ruby; who said, “build some huts for me”. Daily hut visits as always was a very special time to assist those "weak" ones or those whose huts had been burned or the orphans with no visible means of support except for their neighbors. We were again privileged to be the giver of new clothes, toys and a "sweet", balloons, soccer balls and even red noses.  






We went to a Babies home, to a dispensary and at the AIDS clinic as well as hut visits. We gave much needed medical supplies to the dispensary. Sr. Gabriella needed a lap top computer and Sarah Rodes donated a lap top and my brother Larry utilized that one to get one that used Windows 7 and functioned without internet support.  

 We held a type of vacation bible school and easily got over 150 kids to participate.

We thank each of you for your continued support. If God is willing we will plan on our 26th year for the 2019 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