Mercy Medical Teams

LCMS Mercy Medical Teams

Health care professionals needed for short-term service

Since 2006, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Mercy Medical Teams have provided desperately needed health care to thousands of patients in underserved regions around the globe.

This short-term volunteer program offers medical professionals opportunities to volunteer abroad in a variety of clinical and health-related settings.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other types of medical professionals, pastors and hard-working laity are coordinated and trained into specific Mercy Medical Teams, which work in conjunction with LCMS partner churches and international clinics to address needs of both body and soul.


 Upcoming Trips

Please remember LCMS Mercy Medical Teams in your prayers and consider joining us. Additional trips are being scheduled; please check back for updated schedules.*

Note: Trip dates are when Mercy Medical Teams will be in each country. Transportation typically takes an additional day both before and after the service in country, but travel times vary based on flight availability and starting location.

  • March 9-19, 2018: Gambia

  • May 4-14, 2018: Sierra Leone

  • May 19-28, 2018: Tanzania

  • July 14-25, 2018: Madagascar


  • Aug. 9-20, 2018: Kenya

  • Sept. 7-17, 2018: Togo

  • Nov. 8-19: Uganda


Short-term service

LCMS Mercy Medical Teams Video

Join a short-term mission trip lasting about two weeks. Volunteers demonstrate in word and deed the great love that God has for all people through His Son, Jesus Christ. There are trips scheduled all over the world.

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LCMS Mercy Medical Teams

Mercy Medical Teams from LCMS congregations throughout the United States travel around the world to provide health care to thousands of patients.

  Photo gallery: Madagascar

  Photo gallery: Kenya

Resources & Services


  • Contact form — Please contact the LCMS if you would like more information about Mercy Medical Teams or if you are interested in volunteering.

  • Application form — Download short-term missionary service application.



  • LCMS Mercy Medical Teams may have grant funding available to provide scholarships for LCMS college students studying health-related professions at any university and for LCMS pastors willing to serve as a chaplain for one of our teams.

    For more information, email

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Partner Organization

  • Lutherans In Medical Missions — LIMM works with local and global partners to share Christ’s healing in medically underserved communities.

    LIMM partners with LCMS Mercy Medical Teams, providing travel grants and working together in the development and implementation of Community Health Education team trips.


* The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will not knowingly lead a team into political unrest or any other situation where safety may be compromised. Decisions to cancel a trip may be made shortly before the scheduled date, based on firsthand information from our local contacts.

Erin Alter, Director,
Short-Term Mission Teams

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MMT Overview

The LCMS sends Mercy Medical Teams to underserved regions around the globe, and they deliver healing through medicine and the Gospel.

Download information sheet

How to help

Do you want to help, but can’t volunteer? Your financial gifts can support medical projects around the world.

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Give by mail:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Attn: Mercy Medical Teams
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

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When gifts exceed the total needed for this opportunity the gifts received will be used as determined by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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