February 1-13, 2017
Chiang Saen, Huay Jor, Thailand, with Sionh Chan, Khmu Christian Connection
Medical/Evangelistic Cost $3000
Application Deadline November 7, 2016
March 10, 2017
16th Annual Circle of Love Foundation Fund-raising Banquet
Giovanni's Restaurant, 610 N. Bellschool Rd., Rockford, IL, 6 PM, Cost $30
Speaker, Calistas Gomez, Kalmunai Assembly of God, Sri lanka
Call 815-282-9243 to make a reservation
April 18-28, 2017
Durban, South Africa with CrossroadsKZN, Mahendra Singh
Medical/Evangelistic Cost $3000
Application Deadline January 16, 2017
July 29-August 6, 2017
El Tesoro, Antigua, Guatemala with Andrew Loveall, New Hope for Guatemala
Medical/Evangelistic Cost $1500
Application Deadline April 3, 2017
October 10-21, 2017
Phonom Penh, Cambodia with Barnabas Mam and Ambassadors for Christ Cambodia
Medical/Evangelistic Cost $3000
Application Deadline July 7, 2017
The application can be downloaded at this website.
Letter of Invitation
Dear Potential Medical Missions Partner,
May God richly bless you! Thank you so much for your interest in becoming involved in the work of God?s kingdom harvest overseas. There are so many needs all over the world, and your desire to bring aid to the helpless pleases the heart of Jesus and causes us to rejoice!
Circle of Love Foundation is a non-profit nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that seeks to build the kingdom of God by relieving the suffering of the poor in practical ways. Offering free medical clinics in impoverished areas is the primary vehicle for ministry. The purpose of these free medical clinics is two fold: 1) to build the kingdom of God by soul-winning in the unique atmosphere afforded in a clinical setting, and 2) relieve the suffering of the poor in a Christian, practical manner. These free medical clinics are an opportunity for you to present the Gospel one-on-one, give quality medical care to people who may never see it in their lives, and give the Scripture to many who have never had it before in their own language. People just like you have experienced such great success with the medical clinics that churches have been planted, orphanages established, infrastructures improved, operating rooms equipped, and hospital have been built in areas where no health care is accessible within hours of travel. South Africa, Thailand, Viet Nam, Botswana, Guatemala, Uganda, Tanzania, and Sudan are the sites where we have been active. There is no time like this exciting time in history to work in the name of Jesus our Savior!
What we desperately need is a pool of potential, daring, passionate, mature believers who would be willing to serve on our medical crusade teams. We need doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and opticians or optometrists. In some cases, nurses will need to be able to function independently as "nurse practitioners", but there will always be a supervising doctor available for consultation. Costs for these trips vary from $1500-$2500, with the cost being tax-deductible and covering everything but your passport, shopping, phone, internet, and laundry. Medical students can apply for a 50% scholarship through the Circle of Love Foundation.
We know that God is calling many people to help this sin-filled world find its way to its Savior. Jesus said, "Many are called but few are chosen." Would you pray about making yourself available as one of the "chosen" of the Lord? It is my sincerest desire that in some way we may help you fulfill the highest purpose of your life and training: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. Join us in loving our neighbors around the world, ones who can never repay us for our labor, but whose salvation, smiles and thankfulness to God will make us richer that the greatest kings who have ever walked on the earth! If you are interested in helping us as a health care professional, please pray over the enclosed list of upcoming trips. Then take the next step and contact us. May the Lord bless you with His joy and direction as you pray, and may we rejoice in some foreign land together bringing healing and salvation to the lost.
Helen Laib, M.D., F.A.C.S.
President, Circle of Love Foundation
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If you are interested in joining one of our international medical missions teams, please download the application below. After filling it out, return it to:
Circle of Love Foundation
4804 Innsbruck Dr.
Rockford, IL. 61114
Be sure to enclosed the required documents, and indicate which trip you are interested in joining. A $200 deposit is required to hold you place on the team. Your deposit may be made as an on line donation
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Circle of Love Foundation Mission Trip Information
What does a Medical Mission Trip Cost?
Costs vary depending on the location of the trip, the season, airfares and what the trip entails. Trips to Africa and Asia usually cost about $3000 due to the airfare, Guatemala is usually $1750 or less. Circle of Love Foundation tries to keep all trips under $3000.
Circle of Love Foundation will arrange all international flights. Our airfares are calculated based on originating in Chicago. We can accommodate other cities of origin and will try to do so without passing on the cost to the participant if possible. We will also try to accommodate different departure or return dates if notice is given at the time the trip is scheduled. Participants should be aware that deviations from the group schedule may result in loss of group rates and these charges will be passed on to them. It is recommended that you sign up for frequent flyer miles on whatever airline we use for the main portion of the trip.
We advise all team members to carry a second form of photo identification such as a driver?s license in addition to their passport. If your passport is lost or stolen you will have some form of ID to verify your personal details. Please be aware that your passport must have at least two blank pages and must not expire for 6 months after your anticipated return from the trip.
Accommodations and Transportation
Accommodations are based on double occupancy of rooms. Baths with running water, hot water if possible, will be sought. Team members should be aware that this is not available in all locations. Transportation to the site of the medical outreach and back to the hotel each day is covered in the team members trip costs. Meals are covered during the outreach and whenever the team is eating together, except while in transit and on the shopping/sightseeing days. Laundry, phone calls, shopping, ans hotel tips are not covered.
The trip participation fee covers international airfare, ground transportation in country, hotel and meals in country, visas, and exit fees. Transportation to O?Hare airport is usually arranged for those with a Rockford departure. We usually come home on the Van Galder bus. Participants from other cities will need to arrange their own ground transportation to the airport from which they are departing. The trip fee does not cover the cost of a passport, immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, meals not taken with the team or in transit, hotel maid tips, phone call, laundry or shopping. For these purposes, cash will be needed. It is recommended that you bring new US currency in hundred dollar or twenty dollar denominations. These can be cashed at international airport currency exchanges or at big city banks. Most places will not take traveler?s checks. You may be able to get cash from an ATM machine using your credit card and pin. Upscale shops will take credit card is big cities. Small shops and flea markets deal only in local currency. Ask you team leader when would be the best time to exchange money. You will only need about $100 excluding shopping. Shopping gives you the opportunity to acquire unique gifts inexpensively and we try to allow some time for this.
You are allowed one checked bag not over 66 inches in L X W X H. It should not weigh more than 50 pounds. You are also allowed a carry on bag and a small personal item such as a purse, small backpack or briefcase. You will be asked to check a second checked bag for Circle of Love Foundation. These will contain medicine, medical supplies, glasses or ministry materials. This helps us reduce shipping costs thereby reducing the overall cost of the mission trip. Do not bring expensive jewelry, expensive electronic items, or anything else that would devastate you if it were lost or stolen.
You should bring any personal medicine that you need to take and any personal medicine that you might anticipate needing. It may not be possible to replace any lost medicine. Make sure your medicine is carried in you personal carry on during your flights. Refrigeration is available at most sites. Personal medicine requiring refrigeration should be packed in your carry on with a freezer block. You will need to bring your own wash cloth and toiletries at all sites and it is advisable to bring you own towel to Sudan and India.
Most trip destinations are to places where the climate is hotter than our Midwest climate. Light summer clothing with several long sleeve shirts that can be layered as well as a jacket for evening is recommended. Scrubs are appropriate attire for the medical clinics except in Sudan where women should wear long, modest skirts. If you don?t have scrubs, there is no need to buy them. Casual clothing such as jeans or chinos with tee shirts or polo shirts are appropriate. Ladies should bring at least one skirt or dress to wear to church or at any upscale dining adventure we may have. Guys should bring at least one dress shirt. A tie will not be necessary unless you are preaching. Jackets will not be necessary. Shorts may not be worn at clinic or during ministry time. Modest shorts may be appropriate while lounging at the hotel after hours, at the pool or beach if there is one, or on the sightseeing days in certain locations. Always ask before wearing shorts and be prepared to hear ?NO?. Sleeveless blouses are inappropriate in some locations. No tube tops or spaghetti straps at any location. If it is rainy season, an umbrella or rain poncho will be needed.
The participation fee will be determined at least 3 months in advance. A $200 deposit or registration fee is required at the time of sign up. This will be applied to your trip. All money is nonrefundable under IRS rules because it is a tax-deductible charitable gift. If you must cancel a trip, any money paid can be transferred to a new trip if taken within one year. It can also be transferred to another person. One half the fee is required 60 days prior to the trip. The complete fee is due 30 days before the trip.
Code of Conduct
Circle of Love Foundation is a medical and humanitarian organization whose reason for being is to provide relief of human suffering through quality medical care and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in the world who have not yet heard. In understanding and appreciating the evangelistic thrust of this ministry, I agree, by my signature below, that I will respect the above doctrines and also agree to abstain from illicit drugs, foul language, inappropriate sexual behavior, illegal behavior and unbecoming attitudes. I understand that in the cross-cultural context in which I will be working, the use of alcohol and tobacco is not considered appropriate for Christians. In respect for our host partners├??├?┬ó?? beliefs, I understand that I am requested to abstain from the use of alcohol or tobacco. If I am unwilling or unable to abstain, I will only consume in private out of the view of team members and national Christians. Drinking to the point of intoxication will be considered a breach of this contract. I will respect the authority of the team leader(s) at all times during the entire trip and I agree that my safety may depend on my cooperation. I understand the Circle of Love Foundation reserves the right to end my participation for any cause deemed just by the team leader(s) and that I would then be released on my own, with all inherent risks, to return home. Any additional expenses incurred would be my responsibility. I attest by my signature below that all information provided on this form and the accompanying required Assumption of Risk Agreement is truthful. This contract need only be signed once to be binding on any subsequent trips.
INFORMATION ON THE THAILAND TRIP
We are long time partners with Sionh Chan and the Khmu Christian Connection. We will be holding medical clinics along the Thai/Lao border. Tribal people from Laos, mostly from the Khmu, Hmong and Mien tribes will be crossing for care. The will have the chance to hear the Gospel and receive Bibles and Christian teaching materials.
INFORMATION ON GUATEMALA TRIP
This trip will be with Andrew Loveall, missionaries to Guatemala. The team will be Working in El Tesoro: a village built by the government for displaced persons affacted by the civil war. We will be staying near El Tesoro with a few days in Antigua. There will be a free medical clinic.. Patients will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and to receive a Spanish Bible. We will have a building component to the July-August trip.
INFORMATION ON THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP
Medical and evangelistic trip to Durban, South Africa with long-time partner Crossroads KZN. We are working in Osindisweni valley with the Zulu feeding 5,500 children daily in 13 public schools. We will be holding a clinic at the InKosinathi Hope Center. We will also visit various other project that Crossroads is currently doing. We will visit the Educare preschools and distribute quilts to the children. Trip includes a game drive through Hluhluwe Game Park.
Information on the Cambodia Trip
This will be a medical and evangelistic trip to Nothern and Central Cambodia. We will be working with Barnabas Mam of Ambassadors for Christ Cambodia and Dr Ros Socheat of Healthcare Christian Fellowship of Cambodia. We will be holding clinic at a military base for 2 days and at two other sites as well. Patients will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.We have the hope of planting churches at our clinic sites. We will be assisted by Cambodian medical students who will be translating for us. This will provide an opportunity for mentoring and teaching.