Friday, December 30, 2011

A Busy Year

2011 is almost over and it was a busy year for Mission Doctors;  our Auxiliary hosted the largest Gala Benefit in over forty years, our annual Retreat / Seminar brought doctors from across the country to learn about our short-term mission opportunities, and this made it possible for thousands of patients to be cared for by Mission Doctors in Africa and Latin America. 
As 2012 begins we will have two families begin the preparation for three-year assignments, our Auxiliary is busy planning the Mardi Gras Gala to be held on February 18th, and we are already receiving  reservations for the 2012 Retreat/Seminar to be held March 30 – April 1.

You  are the ones who make this work possible.  You put the doctors 'in the picture' in Africa and Latin America.   

Please consider making a year-end donation.  By donating online and you will receive a tax deduction receipt immediately.
Thank you for your support and wising you and yours a very happy New Year!  
And for our friends who are 70 ½ years old or older, December 31, 2011 is the deadline to make a donation directly from your IRA under the “Charitable IRA Rollover”. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Reason for the Season

Tom and I served in Thailand with our children for three years and had the opportunity to go to the beautiful midnight mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Udon Thani  for Christmas during our time there.

The joy of being in the missions for Christmas for us was  that the emphasis is on the celebration within the Church and little else – and the luxury of time.  With few distractions it was easier to just spend time together.  Of course being in the missions at the holidays,  it is also a time when everyone more acutely misses family and friends being so far from home.

Trying to bring the mission joy forward to me means working to keep the emphasis on ‘the reason for the season’ and letting go of the pressure that exists for so many of us in our culture regarding spending, gifts, rushing around and the lack of time for what really matters.

Today our Mission Doctors who are serving in Africa and Latin America will celebrate a Christmas where the emphasis will be on the birth of Jesus.  They will however, also be missing family and friends during the special time of year.   Please keep them and all missionaries in your prayers this Christmas and always.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Last Minute Shopping?

Shopping online for Christmas has made the holiday season a little less stressful for many of us. 
Avoiding crowded malls and long lines can be a blessing! Your online shopping with iGive can be also be a blessing for others. 

By simply registering for free with  iGive and then just shopping online at your favorite stores (including up to 25% of your  purchase goes to support the work of Mission Doctors.

It only takes a moment to register and then you can buy everything from books, children’s toys, CDs, clothes, food, sports gear, jewelry, toiletries,flowers, computers, pet food, and much more.  Please consider taking a moment and shop  for "goodness sake".

And right now iGive will donate $5 to Mission Doctors for just trying it out!

Thank you for your support of Mission Doctors!