First Christian Church group goes on medical mission trip

April 02, 2010
  • Christine Wason assists her uncle, Dr. Terry Campbell, during gall bladder surgery.
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On March 6, First Christian Church of Hagerstown sent five members on a medical mission trip to Las Matas de Farfan in the Dominican Republic.

They joined a group of 67 doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and helpers sponsored by an organization known as MMI, Medical Missions International.

The members of the team were Dr. Terry Campbell, general surgeon; Cindy Campbell, anesthetist; Christine Wason, Megan Powell and Jackie Huffman.

Chris Bradford, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, joined the group.

The team arrived in Las Matas March 7 after a five-hour drive from Santa Domingo. They unloaded the MMI truck with all the equipment and supplies to operate three major surgical stations, a minor surgical area, pre- and post-op rooms.

On March 8 at noon, surgery began.

More than 16 major surgeries and just as many minor surgeries were performed each day by the hospital team. The medical team traveled to a different village each day and performed dozens of dental procedures and patient exams, dispensing medications as required.


The health-education team taught basic health skills. In addition to healing their bodies, the group was able to lead more than 100 men, women and children to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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