The war in Kosovo left the Serbian region in shambles and many of its people without access to good medical care, but help is on the way thanks to some members of an area church.
Seventeen people from Believers' Church in Marshfield will make the trip to Kosovo. Wednesday, the congregation gave their best wishes to the mission team and their upcoming journey.
The group that includes three doctors, six registered nurses, and a pharmacist, will spend a week providing free medical care in a remote village near Jakova in Kosovo.
"There's a lot of widows and orphans in the villages from the war," says Jerry Dahlke, the associate pastor at Belivers' Church, and the leader of the mission team. "They do not have doctors readily available to them."
This is not the first time Believers' Church has sent a medical mission to Kosovo. Last year, the church sent 10 people to the region to provide medical care. This time around, they're looking forward to working with a group three times the size of last year's group.
"Not a lot of people know each other, even from this church. We have different age groups and different backgrounds," says Angela Dahlke, one of the mission participants. "I'm really excited to see what's gonna happen on the trip."
"Even though we come from four separate states, we're already going in with a unifying factor that we want to help these people in Kosovo," says Dr. Allen Teter, another mission participant.
The mission participants will leave Friday, July 23 and will spend the next 10 days in Kosovo. In all, 32 people from Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma will make the journey overseas.