Our Volunteers are the lifeblood of LEAP

All of our volunteers donate their time, talent and resources to make LEAP mission trips possible. Before each mission trip, our volunteers put in countless hours of planning, organizing, and managing the logistics before the team can leave. The 2011 Damoh, India volunteer team is comprised of four craniofacial surgeons, three anesthesiologist, twelve nurses and five other volunteers who provide coordination and various other kinds of support to the families and children. Please pray for safe travels as the team returns home!

More Photos from India

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Words from our Videographer-Jon Cermin (part 5)

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Only two days left before we wrap things up and head for home! We’re meeting earlier now for breakfast so we can get to the hospital around 7:30. With this schedule our surgeons could begin their work before 8:00.

Upon arrival the surgeons and their support crew made the rounds to check on the previous day’s patients. Everyone looked pretty good, though some kids were more susceptible to swelling than others. [Read more...]

Reminiscing over past trips to India

Photos from India

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Words from our Videographer-Jon Cermin (part 4)

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”  Matthew 21: v. 22

Today our prayers from last night were answered.   I wrote yesterday of the underweight baby who we couldn’t help and who was clinging to life.  If you will recall, members of our team, along with some of the CICM staff, prayed for the child last night as the parents were loading him into the car for what we believed to be a fatal trip to Jabalpur. [Read more...]

Words from our Videographer-Jon Cermin (part 3)

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

It’s uncanny how, when you’re dead asleep, the sound of a barking dog can be confused with that of an alarm clock. I learned this 20 minutes prior to my regular wake-up alarm scheduled for 5:30 a.m. It wasn’t worth trying to squeeze another 20 minutes from the night, so I took an early shower to give Cheryl more time in the bathroom (women take more time in the bathroom in the morning, even in third world countries). [Read more...]

Words from our Videographer-Jon Cermin (part 2)

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Monday morning started early.  Several of our group awoke this morning around 3 a.m., still trying to adjust their biological clocks to local time.  I was one of those who experienced this phenomenon.  Fortunately I was able to get back to sleep until 5 a.m., twenty minutes before my alarm was to awaken me. [Read more...]

Tulsa’s Story

Our team has witnessed many parents being blessed by God’s love through placing medical care in their child’s life and turning suffering into abundant joy.

Just days ago a mother and child found themselves traveling several hours in search of hope for a precious little girl. Once arriving on the Mission Hospital grounds, they joined many other families in tents to sleep and awake to find out if there is any hope for their children.

After completing her evaluation the doctors determined that she would be able to have a successful operation. There was so much joy and peace in her mothers eyes as they gave her the news. She felt this was a blessing because last year she made the same long journey from her village and was told that the surgery could not be performed because of some health issues.

After the surgery, she was able to wrap her arms around her young child and see the results as her baby girl slept peacefully in her arms. She looked up with tear filled eyes “this is a dream come true”.

Pavan’s Story

Grandfather and Father of Pavan are manual laborers in a village about 400 kilometers from the CICM hospital in Damoh. They work endless hours at their manual labor to make enough to provide the bare essentials for their family. Their dream is that young Pavan will finish school and with his education be able to have a better life. Their hearts are broken by the fact that Pavan has a very difficult time going to school because of the taunts of the other children. He has been told by the other children that he has a curse and no one wants to be his friend. When the family heard through the CICM outreach ministry, that the LEAP team was coming to Damoh to operate on children with clefts and their service were free, they felt like a miracle had occurred.  By foot, by train and again by foot, the 3 generations made the 400 kilometer  (250 mile) journey, and in their eyes, a miracle did occur.