This past year, I have had the opportunity to visit multiple medical facilities in the Puget Sound area with friends and family members. One of those visits with my daughter for a follow up appointment after her recent shoulder surgery. That afternoon when we arrived at her doctor’s office we were greeted by a warm and friendly receptionist who checked us in for Jessica’s appointment. Then as we entered into the examination room the room was stocked with all the supplies and resources needed for her appointment and the doctor.
Yet, in April, while visiting in Morocco our team learned of a woman who had been waiting in her hospital room for over a week for the one and only scope in the hospital to be repaired. During each of our visits to the university hospital our team was able to talk and encourage the patient and family members who were waiting for the repair. As you can see this teaching hospital was not equipped or prepared with the necessities to treat their patients.
As our hospitals and clinics in Western Washington develop a surplus of supplies and equipment Gateway Medical Alliance is able to collect these resources and bless other facilities around the world with these goods. But even before the goods can be shipped a group of faithful volunteers each week serve in the warehouse to prepare each item and box for the next container. For Gateway Medical Alliance to be able to send these containers it also requires others to support the organization financially with one-time and monthly gifts. These gifts cover our lean budget that covers our shipments and daily operations.
As I conclude I would like to share with you a final story that was recently shared to us in our warehouse. While Bruce was recently visiting a hospital in Cambodia he was asked to enter a room and to gown up to enter the surgical room. When he entered the room he saw a patient on the table having brain surgery in a room equipped with the resources for the procedure. Then the doctor explained to Bruce that most of these supplies and equipment were provide by GMA in our first container to Cambodia last year.
Gateway Medical Alliance is changing lives around because of your support and contributions. I would like to invite you to join us this summer by making a financial gift to continue Gateway’s work to the improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged around the world. If you have questions or would like to learn more about GMA, please feel free to call me.