It’s not secret (or surprise) that in my marriage, I’m definitely the vocal one. I’m the social secretary, the extrovert, the one with a blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account. Trent has none of those things and checks his personal email about twice a month. But if I’m the mouth, then he’s definitely the hands. He is a such a hard-worker, both in his paid job and in his life. For those of you who don’t know, Trent is a pediatric physical therapist. Although I don’t get to be there for the day-to-day interactions with his patients and their families, I occasionally get a glimpse into how Trent brings his own special strengths (among them being his integrity, work-ethic, and willingness to be super silly with children) to his career.
But from the very first year of his employment, Trent has dreamed out loud about using his degree and his skills on a short-term mission trip. After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, I had to hold him back from hopping on a plane to Port-au-Prince. Instead, we sent in our adoption application and began another adventure with plenty of fundraising involved.
In April of 2015, Trent got to experience his dream when he was invited to be a part of a team to Ecuador that used his exact skills and strengths to work with children who needed orthopedic medical care, but did not have access or funding. The trip was immensely fulfilling and powerful for Trent, and as soon as he came home and showed me the photos and I saw his eyes as he told me the stories, I knew it would not be his last. He has been asked to participate again with the same surgeon and team, and they will be traveling in February.
My part is to cheer him on, hold down the fort while he’s gone and use my big mouth to help him raise some funds to offset the cost of the trip. Will you please read this letter from my hubby and consider supporting him? It’s never fun to ask for money, but we’ve learned it is part of how God humbles and works through us.
Dear family and friends,
In 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to fulfill a long-time desire of mine, which was to use my professional license on a volunteer basis in an underserved and low-income area. My time in Ecuador with Dr. David Shaw, orthopedic surgeon, and the team from from Capital City Medical Teams was life-changing, and I was honored to again be asked to join a medical team led by this godly man.
Our team will be traveling to Peru in early February of 2017. Dr. Shaw will lead a surgical team and perform dozens of procedures during our time in country. My role is to work with patients and their families after the surgery, as they learn to stand and walk again. I will also be working closely with an orthotics specialist to treat patients who do not need surgery, but need orthotic support, such as braces, crutches or the correct fitting wheel chair. When I served in Ecuador with Dr. Shaw, I learned to expect long days serving dozens of children, but I’m ready and looking forward to using my skills in this way.
As you can imagine there can be a significant cost associated with a trip like this: approximately $2500. It was definitely a step of faith that I accepted the invitation to be a part of this team. It is very uncomfortable for me to ask for financial support, but at this time our family cannot fully finance this trip. As a result I am humbly reaching out for your assistance of any kind. Tax deductible donations can be made to Capital City Medical Teams with the memo line of the check reading “recommended for Trent Tompkins.”
Donations can also be made online at www.ccmedicalteams.org. I understand that financial contributions are not an option for some, and I would appreciate your prayer support for the trip and my family while I am away. I’m praying that God would use our team in a big way.
Thank you for your support,
Trent Tompkins, PT, DPT, PCS
Jen’s note: To donate at www.ccmedicalteams.org, follow these steps:
- On the home page, select “Donations” on the far right.
- Click on the first yellow DONATE button.
- If you pay with a card, follow up the donation with a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting them know your donation is “RECOMMENDED for Trent Tompkins.”
- If you pay via Paypal, there is a place for “additional information” right under the USD amount, where you will add “RECOMMENDED for Trent Tompkins.”