MISSION LIFE GEORGIA STORY
I never thought that I would become so passionate about mission work. It all started one year ago when I took my first mission trip to Ouanaminthe Haiti. Since then I’ve returned twice and led my own trip to Jamaica. Each trip fills my cup so much that I have even more to give when I return than when I left. The patients at Dr. Chris’ Natural Remedies have been so gracious in supporting these efforts. I have received bed sheets, feminine products, vitamins, swaddlers, baby blankets, and more. Some opt for a monthly or one-time financial donation.
So back in December of 2020 I was put on the board for Mission Life International birthing center. By the time I came aboard the building that houses the center was already built, thanks in large part to Life University and other outstanding donors. In June of 2021 I was scheduled to go to Haiti to help open the clinic. I expected some photo opportunities, lots of handshaking and general celebration. When we arrived we were informed that some of the equipment did not arrive as scheduled. The opening would have to be postponed.
We were accompanied by a group of chiropractic volunteers and greeted by a group of orphans that the group has been fostering since the earthquake of 2010. This group visits Haiti regularly and provides chiropractic care to the people in the area at no cost. The people came by the hundreds and at the end of the day this group had seen over one thousand people. When I got back to the hotel I reflected on the day and a deep feeling came over me. I don’t know how to describe it really because it wasn’t sadness, or depression but those are the two words that come closest to the feeling. The next day I did not want to go out with them, but I was committed to being there and I wanted to remain with the group. By the end of the day I had seen about 50 people myself and came back to the hotel in the opposite mental state as I did the day before. The feeling was so intense and so new that I really can not describe it. The rest of the week I served with increasing levels of participation. I got so much satisfaction from my giving that when I returned I immediately planned the next trip.
At the end of April 2022 Dr. Ronda Ward, Dr. Legend Bourne and myself planned and led the first ever chiropractic mission trip to the Western Region of Jamaica. I had 41 people serving this part of the island for five days. The goal was to bring chiropractic to the underserved. This was a great opportunity for the volunteers to practice communicating chiropractic with people on a different level. All of the participants had life changing experiences and I received so many thank you’s and invitations to return that I have lost count. My desire is to expand the services we provide to include dental work and eye exams, perhaps even glasses. I’d like to help the churches that let us use their spaces improve their facilities by bringing contractors, painters, and masons. If you can help please call me at 7709795125. You can also send a check to Mission Life Georgia, EIN 87-2987728, 2095 Hwy 211 2F #181, Braselton GA 30517. You can also pray or hold space for everyone involved, especially those that we serve.
Dr. Kerith Powell is the owner of Dr. Chris’ Natural Remedies in Snellville.