Medical Mission Work
Medical Missions at Pittman Park UMC officially began in 1979 with two dentists, a physician and a nurse along with a Bible School team and a Construction Team to Belize. However, once the team arrived, we were not able to do any medical/dental work because of rules from the government. The medical/dental team became great painters, teachers, and roofers. The following year, our physician was able to join a group from Savannah to Haiti for the next 5 years. From 1986 -1989, our physician and several other church members joined with Valdosta Cornerstone, Park Avenue and First UMC to Haiti for week long medical/dental clinics. In 1990, Haiti’s dictator was overthrown and it became unsafe for teams to go to Haiti. The vision did not die.
In 1987-88, Pittman Park sent its first medical/dental teams to Guatemala and Panama. On the Panama trip, we organized local medical/dental teams to weekend clinics at a Hispanic UMC in Cedar Crossing, GA. Our first trip to Baharona, Dominican Republic was a District Team with members from all over the Statesboro District. The DR became our yearly International Trip until 2007 until the government stabilized enough for us to continue our efforts in Haiti where we were able to continue until 2018 when it again became unsafe for teams to travel.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, Mobile Medical Teams began again. Haiti was unsafe, so we joined Big Hope, Waynesboro First, and Greensboro Church back to Barahona, DR. We reunited with many of our old friends and patients from the past.
Recent medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic have focused on providing medical care to nearly 1,000 residents by setting up temporary clinics in the area of Barahona, including Batey 7, Batey 8, Batey 9, Batey 2, Las Robles, and an orphanage in Barahona.
For medical mission trips to the D.R., Pittman Park UMC partners with Big Hope Bearden Ministries in Waynesboro, Georgia and their contacts with the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana.