The 2-night, 3-day trip took place in the Olango Island region, a 30-minute boat ride from Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, Philippines.
The preliminary visit was conducted in collaboration with the local Korean missionary, Pastor Lee Seong-gwang, in preparation for the medical mission. The mission will be carried out in partnership with the Olango Zion Church on Olango Island. To ensure the safety of the medical mission on the island, the team met with representatives from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office. They promised to provide police personnel to ensure safety and to make a large sports hall available for the mission.
Olango Island is home to approximately 32,000 residents. The team also visited a local elementary school to meet the school principal and discuss the medical mission. They talked about the possibility of providing medical care to children with illnesses on the day of the mission. Additionally, a local meeting with the city and barangay officials is scheduled for mid-November to facilitate cooperation.
During the preliminary visit, the team also assessed accommodations, transportation, and dining options to prepare for the medical mission in January. The Healing Hands Medical Mission Preparatory Team hopes that this 5th mission will be a valuable opportunity to share God’s love through the service of medical professionals, volunteers, and patients. They pray that, guided by God’s providence, all preparations and activities will safely come to a successful conclusion.