This was my 3rd trip with Marion Medical Mission and it could not have been better. Four of were sent to Zambia and the comraderie was extraordinary. Our alarms went off at 4:45, devotions at 5:30 and then off to start the well installations.
The people who fascinated me the most were the field officers. This year we had a very special man, Goodwin Banda. Goodwin is an intelligent, committed Christian and family man and he certainly enjoyed conversing with us. This included the serious, as well as the light-hearted conversations.
I asked where the next well was located, and he replied "it is very far, quite a long distance." I then, jokingly, asked why he didn't ever say that it is near, it is close by. He replied, "somebody else can get the easy ones, only Marion would go through such obstacles to get the hard ones." He also reported that MMM has a good reputation. I presumed that he was talking about those Zambians seeking employment with NGOs.
This got me thinking about a book I had recently read, "When Helping Hurts" by Corbett & Fikkert. In this book, which is often quoted by other writers on this subject, they explain some of the do's and don'ts with regard to helping the poor. I found that MMM does not violate any of the don'ts and do most of the do's.
I think all of the volunteers want to feel good about the organization they are assisting. After reading the book and knowing MMM's funding practices and promises to donors, I couldn't be happier or more grateful to have served with Marion Medical Mission.