2019 Mission Relief Services Activity Report

 “Give sacrificially as God your father has done”

        Mission Relief Services is always expanding our operations. In February 2016 we moved our warehouse operations a few miles west to the former Medical Ministry International (MMI) warehouse on Rte 372 in Parkesburg. This facility under the leadership of Matt Bonk is designed to produce and expedite our specialized cargoes of medical humanitarian aid to mission projects.  The results have been amazing:  in 2016, we shipped out a total of 19 40’ High Cube ocean containers, two 53’ trailers and an 18’ box truck.  In 2017 we shipped out a total of 17 containers and three 26’ box trucks.  Last year (2018) a total of 8 containers and 12 truckload shipments were dispatched from our warehouse.  These shipments went to many developing countries around the world, including:  Benin, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, Honduras, Sierra Leone and Syria. 

        We are also grateful for all the hospitals, and our other product donors for their constant and growing participation in our outreach. The quality of materials that we ship continues to create a demand out in the field, as people and groups develop projects for their homelands.

        Every project and shipment has a story, so let’s start in January 2019:

January 15, 2019, 24-foot Box Truck, Dominican Republic.  This vehicle was loaded at the MRS Parkesburg PA warehouse with 6 stretchers, an infant incubator, 8 overbed tables, 15 assorted chairs and stools and some 200 boxes of medical-surgical supplies.  Diogenes Molina of New York accepted these items for further shipment to his associates in the Dominican Republic.

January 24, 2019, Container #MSCU 7238846, seal #0720069, Somalia.  Global Med Partners, LLC coordinated this 40’ High Cube container shipment to the Himilo International Civic Development Agency, one of its partners in Mogadishu, Somalia.  This valuable load of first-quality medical-surgical supplies will be primarily utilized by a women’s hospital in Mogadishu.

February 13, 2019, LTL (Less than Truckload) Shipment to Ringle Medical Supply.  Two pallets of assorted medical-surgical supplies were transferred to Sal Panetta of Ringle Medical Supply in Schofield WI. Mr. Panetta distributes medical-surgical supplies to various needy organizations throughout Central America.

February 13, 2019, 53’ Trailer Shipment, seal #0720070, Honduras via Baytown TX.  Florence Mayerle of Adventure in Missions coordinated this shipment from the Mission Relief Services warehouse in Parkesburg PA to her associates in Baytown TX, for consolidation with other donations and further transfer to the organization’s ministries in Honduras.  The shipment included two hospital beds, two freezers, a host of office furniture and accessories, a dental chair/stand, multiple medical accessories and two pallets of assorted medical-surgical supplies.

February 19, 2019, Container #BSIU 9088767, seal #0720071, Peru.  This 40’ High Cube container shipment was coordinated by supporters of Medical Ministry International – Peru, who obtained a trailer-load of valuable physical therapy equipment (including wheelchairs, walkers, standers, etc.) from Goodwill Industries and other local donors for consolidation with similar equipment/supplies available from Mission Relief Services.  MMI-Peru has multiple ongoing medical and physical therapy projects throughout this South American country.

April 16, 2019, Container #TEMU 1530021, seal #0720072, Guatemala.  Ms. Evelyn Paiz coordinated this 20’ container shipment to her associates in the Central American country of Guatemala.  Valuable items comprising this shipment included two ophthalmic slit lamps, an argon laser slit lamp, four examination/procedure chairs, a phacoemulsifier, 50 assorted wheelchairs, and a host of other fine medical-surgical accessories and supplies.

April 30, 2019, Container #BMOU 4326872, seal #0720073, Egypt.  Mr. Ralph Plumb – representing the Tacha Fund for Children of Washington DC – coordinated this 40’ HC container shipment to Tacha’s field partner in Egypt.  This shipment was unusual for Mission Relief Services in that it did not contain any equipment … only 20 pallets of medical-surgical supplies with plenty of shelf life remaining.

May 17, 2019, Container #HASU 5048214, seal #0720074, Haiti.  Partners in Health is a large Boston-based charity with operations in Haiti and Rwanda. The Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais is a 300-bed hospital that Partners in Heath built, and this modern facility resembles a hospital that one would see in this country. We received a large request for furnishings such as manual hospital beds, mattresses, glider-rocker chairs, examination tables, stretchers, mobile recliner chairs, waiting room chairs and patient scales.

May 24, 2019, Container #ACLU 9770510, seal #0720075, Cameroon.  Dr. Jean Jules Fotso and Viviane Dicoum coordinated this 40’ HC container shipment to their associates in Douala, Cameroon.  They brought a Nissan Sentra sedan to the warehouse for inclusion in this shipment, with the rest of the container being filled from MRS’s resources.  Included were furnishings for six hospital patient recovery rooms (a hospital bed, bedside table, sleeper chair, overbed table, IV pole, trash receptacle for each room), five examination tables, patient scales, office furniture, fetal Doppler, infant bassinets, infant incubator, 30+ hospital bed mattresses and a host of other valuable medical-surgical equipment and supplies.

June 3, 2019, 26’ Box Truck, Cameroon.  Dr. Jean Jules Fotso returned to the MRS warehouse in Parkesburg PA with a 26’ box truck to pick up additional equipment for further transfer to his associates in the West African country of Cameroon.  Squeezed into this box truck were 7 hospital beds, 4 stretchers, 24 waiting room chairs, 6 more infant bassinets, another infant incubator, 3 folding walkers and a manual wheelchair.

June 4, 2019, container# GLDU 0679340, seal# 0720076, Sierra Leone, Africa. The Healey International Relief Foundation of Cherry Hill, NJ is very active in Freetown Sierra Leone where they have developed community medicine projects, and supported the rebuilding of the Seruba Hospital complex. We developed this container to match their needs list. Large quantities of office furnishings (desks, file cabinets, secretarial chairs, bookcases, computer accessories, etc.), stretchers, examination tables, hospital linen and other valuable medical-surgical equipment/supplies were supplied by Mission Relief Services.  The Foundation also provided three pallets each of prenatal multivitamins and bed linen to include in this shipment.  Local priests and nuns help manage the project in Freetown, and the recipients are receiving the finest care.  This is the fifth project that we have shipped for the Healey International Relief Foundation.

July 11, 2019, 12’ Box Truck, Pakistan.   Sonny Afrees, an expatriate of Pakistan coordinated this 12’ box truck shipment which will be consolidated with other donations for further shipment to Pakistan.  This truckload consisted of two phacoemulsifiers, an assortment of endoscopic equipment, a case of various steel surgical instruments and some 20 cartons of assorted medical-surgical supplies.

August 19, 2019, Container #CAIU 7115981, seal #0720077, Ghana.  This 40’ HC container was directed to the Stewards Hospital in Ahinsan-Kumasi, Ghana.  The shipment was coordinated by Dr. Kwaku Amexo, a physician at the Brandywine Hospital who was born in Ghana and studied medicine in Russia. He now lives in Exton, PA and frequently visits the Mission Relief Services warehouse in Parkesburg.  Ghana is the size of Oregon with 30 million people.  The contents of this container included 10 hospital beds, 6 stretchers, a surgical table, 5 examination tables, 15 overbed tables, 12 IV infusion pumps, 4 wheelchairs, an autoclave, a mobile aspirator, a blood bank refrigerator and a large variety of valuable medical-surgical supplies.

September 27, 2019, 26-foot Box Truck, Dominican Republic.  This vehicle was loaded at the MRS Parkesburg PA warehouse with 5 stretchers, 4 examination tables, 2 mobile recliner chairs, 2 tabletop blanket warmers, a breast biopsy ultrasound table, and some 200 boxes of medical-surgical supplies.  Diogenes Molina of New York accepted these items for further shipment to his associates in the Dominican Republic.

October 10, 2019, Container #TCNU 1022150, seal #0720078, Guinea.  This 40’ HC container was coordinated by Ms. Justina Saye of Healing for the World for her associates at L’Universite Gamal Abdel Nasser in Conakry, Guinea.  Major medical-surgical equipment included 11 hospital beds, 7 examination tables, an electric wheelchair, 4 manual wheelchairs, 6 mobile bedside tables, 2 infant bassinets, 2 mobile infant changing tables, 5 overbed tables, waiting room seating for 18, a laboratory centrifuge and a variety of office/potty/shower chairs.  Also included were 4 pallets of assorted hospital linen and 4 pallets of assorted medical-surgical supplies.

October 24, 2019, Container# CMAU 6267154, seal# 0720079, Sierra Leone, Africa. The Healey International Relief Foundation of Cherry Hill, NJ coordinated this load with Mission Relief Services to supply more of the needs of their hospital project in Sierra Leone (this is the sixth container that we have shipped for them).  Major items that were packed in this 40’ High Cube container included:  a dozen sleeper chairs, 6 rollaway guest beds, 34 office chairs, 4 office desks, 8 flat screen computer monitors, 4 mobile privacy partition screens, 14 mobile bedside tables, 15 IV infusion pumps, waiting room seating for 32 patients, and a plethora of hospital linen and top-quality medical-surgical supplies/accessories.