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Giving the Gift of REAL. LIFE. Perspective

by Tracey Goldner | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, ORE - Dec. 14, 2007) The holidays are a time of laughter, joy and celebration for many in this country. But for more than 90 percent of the world’s families, the holidays are marked by war, famine and other disasters.

This December 26, Medical Teams International presents a special holiday opening of the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit. The multi-sensory display examines poverty, war and disaster through the eyes of the organization’s volunteers and staff.

“It is an excellent opportunity for out-of-town relatives, college students home for the holidays and others to view this powerful exhibit,” says Michael McNamara, exhibit manager at Medical Teams International.

It’s also a life-changing experience for younger students. A recent 13-year-old who visited says, “This exhibit changed my outlook on life. I started thinking about everything I took for granted and came up with a list that was way too long. This experience has inspired me to go and do something to help people instead of just feeling sorry for them.”

Tour guides will be present to answer questions and debrief visitors. Doors open at 2 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. Medical Teams International recommends that students under the age of 10 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please direct questions to the exhibit staff at 503.624.1216.

Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that demonstrates the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,600 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.