Helping People Unconditionally At Home and Abroad
For Dr. James Elias, what began as a mission trip to Zambia to teach the Bible has become something much bigger, thanks in part to establishing a charitable fund at Truman Heartland Community Foundation. While in Zambia on his first mission trip, Jim, a dentist, learned of the great need for dental care in the region. He was inspired to return with dental supplies and provide the dental care needed by the Zambian people for whom he had come to care deeply.
Dr. Elias established the Interactive African Missions Fund at Truman Heartland Community Foundation to raise funds for his dental mission trips. Through the fund, Jim’s family, friends, and colleagues are able to give tax-deductible donations. Then, Dr. Elias makes gifts from the fund to other international charities that provide the dental supplies that will be needed in Zambia.
Since establishing the fund, Dr. Elias has been able to make 10 trips back to Zambia to provide vital dental care. He has even begun recruiting teams of dental students from the Kansas City metro area to take the trips with him. On their most recent trip, they traveled with a team of 20. And they have been able to purchase six surgical stations and six cleaning and filling stations for the community in Zambia.
Dr. Elias has continued his dental mission work here in Kansas City as well. He participates in the Community Health Fair at Bartle Hall every year. The fair provides free medical help for around 1,300 people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to medical care. Jim says that building relationships with the people that he’s helped has been the most inspiring part of the mission work made possible through the Interactive African Missions Fund.