VISTA Missions Programs

VISTA Missions primarily concentrates it efforts in two areas, Dental and Vision care, to underserved communities primarily in Latin America. The organization directly sponsors 2-3 short-term trips per year and provides ongoing assistance to other teams doing similar ministry. Our Vision and Dental Clinic teams work with local foreign host churches to offer free vision exams, fit people with eye-glasses and provide free dental care in their communities. Trips typically last 1-2 weeks and are conducted solely at the invitation of a host church in the community to be served.

Eye-care and dental professionals are assisted by U.S. volunteers trained to work in specific clinic areas. Team preparation also includes cross-cultural adaptation, effective teamwork training and personal spiritual growth development. Team leaders have many years of experience in short-term missions.

Trips are primarily funded by the contributions of the participants, however donations help with the purchase of equipment, dental supplies and scholarship assistance.

What VISTA Does


• Training of local volunteers to
   assist in vision clinics
• Cultural adaptation training
• Collects, cleans and sorts used    glasses for upcoming clinics
• Provides free eye exams and    glasses to underserved communities
   – single vision glasses
   – multifocal glasses(bifocal/trifocal)
   – reading glasses


• Training of local volunteers to
   assist in dental clinics
• Cultural adaptation training
• Provides high quality free dental care    to underserved communities
   – services include:
       • emergency procedures
       • fillings
       • extractions - oral surgery
       • cleaning / hygiene instruction


VISTA Missions is a 501(c)3 organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.

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