We were overwhelmed as the old wooden doors of the orphanage were opened and we saw people lined up as far as the eye could see…. Our first experience on the mission field in the 1990’s opened our eyes to the extreme poverty and lack of healthcare resources that are commonplace in many of the world’s developing countries. We saw families devastated by parasites, blindess, infections and severe deformities.
Throughout the next 20 years of medical and surgical mission trips, we began to see the greater need of the people. The reality of the situation was heart breaking. We felt as though we were putting a band-aid on the wound without addressing the actual cause of the wound. Their water sources were contaminated, and they had little or no access to nutritious food. Entire communities were being affected.
In 2010, we formed Sharing The Journey International. We work side-by-side with residents of the communities we serve, local medical care providers, and missionaries to provide clean water, nutrition, health and hygiene education, dental and medical care. We believe that a comprehensive approach of health, education, community support, and faith is necessary to attain permanent change for a better way of life in a suffering community.