Have you ever walked the streets of Philadelphia in scrubs, going door-to-door, offering neighborhood residents blood pressure and blood sugar screens? You probably haven’t, unless you have joined Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) on one of our door-to-door outreaches. What does a day of door-to-door outreach look like?
The day begins at 12:30 PM with some medical and evangelism training, and then everyone heads out to the streets in small groups of two or three. Participants find that wearing scrubs opens doors of communications between neighbors and the outreach participants. Asking about things like blood pressure, blood sugar, and general overall health opens doors to topics like stress, fear, anxiety, and other problems in the community in general, including crime and violence. These conversations lead the way to deeper, spiritual topics. This is where our church partners are critical. MCO partners with a church for each outreach, so that we can refer neighbors to a solid, local church body during these inevitable spiritual conversations.
While the outreach portion of the day is officially finished at 4:30 PM, if you can stay for debriefing, dinner, and worship, the day comes to a close around 6:15 PM. We share the experiences of the day and talk about how to take those experiences with us back into our everyday lives.
Our next outreach is coming up quickly! Held on March 29th, MCO is excited to partner with Tenth Presbyterian Church and Grace and Peace Church while doing door-to-door outreach in South Philadelphia. We are so excited for this opportunity to refer the neighbors we meet in South Philly to both Tenth and Grace and Peace’s Easter events. If you have ever thought about joining us for an outreach, this is a great chance to do so—you don’t need to be involved in medicine to be a part of this event!
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