Medical Missionaries of Divine Mercy has been invited by the Medical Ministry of Costa Rica and the Archdiocese of Cartago to provide medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, audiology, pharmaceutical, physical therapy, and spiritual healing services during a week long Health Fair (medical mission)that serves the indigenous Cabecar Indians at their reserve and local citizens of Grano De Oro, Costa Rica. The mission is facilitated in Costa Rica by St. Bryce Missions and the local Catholic Parish. The Fair will usually be held in April or May of each year depending upon the availability of the MMDM team. The health ministry provides our medications and pharmacy at no cost to us. They also provide some doctors and dentists and hygienists to supplement our team. St. Bryce missions provides local logistical and promotional services and introductions to the local officials of government, the Catholic Church and the Cabecar Indian Council. All services are provided free of cost to the patients.
The Cabecar Indians
The poorest of the poor, the Cabecars live mostly on a reserve in jungles of Costa Rica. Many may never have received medical services from anyone other than a shaman in their native village. Most worship a pagan god named Sabo and do not know Jesus Christ. Our mission offers first rate services and the word is out among the villages, over 600 people walk or ride horses for hours or days to get to our mission site for service each year. This is your opportunity to show the love of Christ by giving up some time, and income, paying your own way, and providing healing of body mind and spirit to the poor. The Cabecars are shunned by many and loved and cared for by our missionaries in the name of Jesus Christ. They are amazed and gratified by our efforts. We are told by St Bryce Missions that the rate of baptisms and marriages have been increasing and the death rate for infants has decreased dramatically in recent years as a result of the efforts of the mission partners.
The Team Size
The MMDM traveling team will usually be about 40 people. We supplement with Costa Rican Health Professionals and translators who translate from the Cabecar language to Spanish to the English language. All together the MMDM mission and partners total about 60 people during the Mission week.