The burden of immobility is one that keeps otherwise able individuals from getting to and from work, or getting around the house, and imposes added care on loved ones, friends, and neighbors.
Open Door Ministries strives to give away wheelchairs to those in need, and provide a way for them to become more self-mobile.
In Louisville, we collect both new and used wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches and partner with Mission:Mobility to ship these to Bethel Ministries in Guatemala. We provide financial resources and manpower to distribute wheelchairs to those who have been found in greatest need through Bethel.
Distributing wheelchairs is a significant way to open doors to those with disabilities, who currently rely on others to help them around. If you would like to donate wheelchairs or the funds for wheelchairs, please fill out the form below.
In much of the world, dental care is a luxury afforded only to the wealthy. Many of the world’s impoverished people are forced to live with pain for years at a time without relief because of a lack of care. This problem also opens patients up to all sorts of infections and worsened conditions because timely care was not readily available.
Open Doors Ministries seeks to reveal the love of Christ to hurting people by offering dental clinics to those who otherwise would have no access to proper dental care.
We provide dental supplies and dental care to those served through Bethel Ministries and Village of Hope Orphanage. Our dental clinics are set up alongside the wheelchair distributions but also in remote villages where we visit those behind closed doors in great need of food, clothing and education.
The Prophet Isaiah envisioned God’s coming kingdom, where:
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
– Isaiah 35:5-6
It is for this reason that healing the blind was so central to Jesus’ ministry. Through Open Door Ministries, the blind have literally been healed of blindness, as in Juana’s case. But we are striving to bring healing to others with poor eyesight as well by providing vision clinics and glasses to Guatemalans alongside our wheelchair distribution programs.
Our vision services are made possible by vision kits that we purchase from MPower, a Louisville-based ministry. Each one of the sponsored eye care kits contains 400 pair of prescription glasses. Local Guatemalans are trained by our vision team to test children and adults in hopes to give the best sight possible. Reading glasses are distributed as needed to assist with education and sunglasses are given as protection from open fire cooking.
When people get wounded or injured, but don’t have access to medical care, those wounds may not heal the way they are supposed to, and increase the risk of infection, or the need for more invasive procedures in the future.
Open Door Ministries seeks to care for the injured poor of Guatemala in a timely and meaningful way. Our hope is to return people to health, making them whole again, and enabling them to go back to work and provide what they can for their families.
We offer basic medical care at our wheelchair distributions. Our nurses supply families with training and wound care supplies to prevent pressure sores which can lead to much more serious problems, including amputations. Our nurses use wound care kits purchased through MPower and train a sponsored nursing student to assist with this care.