Refuge International

Improving lives through healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and education.

About Refuge International

Volunteers making hearts with their handsRefuge International makes a difference through collaborative and sustainable programs. Our projects focus primarily on basic healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water, and education.

Deborah Bell Named Advanced Practitioner of the Year

Deborah Bell treating patients in GuatemalaMedicalMissions.org has named Refuge International founder Deborah Bell, FNP, their Advanced Practitioner of the Year for 2017.

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Download the 2017 Refuge International Newsletter!

This year, 333 amazing volunteers cared for over 5,200 patients in Texas and Guatemala.

Download the newsletter to learn about a very unexpected visitor to Women's Health Week; a couple who can handle any task from surgery to carpentry; and more!

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Upcoming Trips

February 17-24, 2018 (trip full; OB-GYNs still needed)
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

March 10-17, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission
Designated flight

March 18-24, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission
Designated flight

March 24-31, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission
Designated flight

May 12-19, 2018
Women's Health Jornada
San Raymundo Medical Mission

May 19-26, 2018
Orthopedic Team
San Raymundo Medical Mission

July 7-14, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

July 28-August 4, 2018
San Raymundo Medical Mission

August 11-18, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 20-27, 2018
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 10-17, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

December 8-15, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

Change is not something to simply wish or wait for. Real change requires intent and action.

Refuge International is an organization comprised of dedicated, compassionate volunteers committed to making real change happen in the lives of those who need it most. Through lifesaving medical mission trips, supporting schools and educational programs and vital clean water projects we are turning the tide on poverty for people living in rural Guatemala villages. And, right here in East Texas, our volunteers provide medical assistance to homeless individuals at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. Join us in our mission to help build a brighter future for others.

A Lesson In Change

Among hundreds of people waiting to visit with Mahatma Gandhi in the 1930's were a mother and her young son. When it was their turn, the woman asked Gandhi to speak with her son about the excessive amounts of sugar the boy ate. Gandhi asked her to return with her son in two weeks and he would talk to the boy then. Unsure as to why Gandhi didn't just speak to the boy at that moment, she nodded and complied with his request. In two weeks, the mother returned with her son. After waiting a few hours to meet with him again, she repeated her initial request. Gandhi immediately spoke with the boy, who agreed to begin working to eliminate sweets. After thanking Gandhi for his wise and compassionate words, the mother asked him why he didn't just offer his advice the first time. Gandhi replied, "Upon your visit two weeks ago, I too was eating sugar." He explained that he could not speak of, or teach, her son to not eat sugar if he had not taken that journey himself.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”