Many people were brought together at different times, during that year and a half, that can only be the result of the hand of God at work. Governmental, medical and personal relationships were developed that pointed to a God-sized task in the making.
David and Marty have returned to the United States and, together with a Board of Directors of missions-oriented medical professionals, founded La Cima World Missions.
Our main goal is to follow God's call and watch as He works through His servants.
La Cima is Spanish for "the summit" or "the mountain top." One of the most common descriptors of a medical mission trip is that it was a "mountain top experience." We wanted to capture that in our name. When you go where God is working, it takes you to a high point that can be experienced, but never fully described. We encourage you to consider a mission trip, if that is where God is calling you, even if it is not through La Cima. Rest assured, if you have never done it before, it will be a life-changing experience.
Short-Term medical and dental teams:
1 or 2-week medical or dental missions with teams of 3-8 people in rural and urban environments.
Seminar/Continuing Education courses:
Several local physicians and the hospital directors have expressed an interest in furthering their education and knowledge of medicine and dentistry. We will be providing courses for the local medical and dental community dependent on those with material to present. The goal is to have as much "hands-on" training as possible. We want to be able to have the lecture portion of the course and then move directly to the clinic or OR to put into practice that which has just been taught. Our goal is to leave a gift that keeps on giving. In conjunction with this program, we want to be able to equip the physicians to perform the procedures that they are being taught in these seminars. In our fund raising efforts, we hope to be able to purchase new equipment and use the seminars for the training on this new equipment. We have the ability to create an environment where the national experts in certain procedures are working in the public hospitals, serving the poorest of the poor. Our only limitation will be personnel willing to train and funding for the purchase of the equipment.
Missionary/Patient medical evacuation:
There are occasions when local missionaries are in dire need of emergency medical care. Most of the time, serious medical emergencies cannot be dealt with properly in the third world. We hope to be able to provide support for emergency evacuation of these dedicated servants. When this program is funded, it will provide a grant to assist in deferring costs of air ambulance or commercial airline ticket purchase. Many times a medical team will identify a specific patient that they cannot treat with the limited resources available on short-term trips. If a team takes it upon themselves to organize medical care in the US, we want to be in a position to help defray the costs. Similar to missionary medical evacuation, we want to provide a grant to assist in covering costs associated with patient transport, or other expenses incurred, in coming to the US for care.
When natural disasters strike in the third world, massive devastation precedes disease and hunger. We want to be in a position to assist when these disasters occur. All who are willing to participate will be put into a database. In the event of natural disaster, in areas where we have contacts, we will call on the "Disaster Relief Team" to help. Those that are able, will go to stricken areas as quickly as is safely possible. The goal will be to distribute food, assist in water treatment and distribution, provide medical care, provide shelter, and support our local missionary/church contact in sharing the Gospel while demonstrating God's love.