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"What's Up Doc?"

The Saint Lucian Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs requires numerous documents and various documentation before they will issue missionaries a six month Visa entitling them to engage in mission work in Saint Lucia. (The Visa is easily renewed every six months once obtained).

Those documents include but are not limited to:

  • Ordination Certification,

  • Proof of Income,

  • A Police Record proving you do not have a Police Record,

  • A Statement of Beliefs for my FBO [Faith Based Organization], (I could just enclose a New Testament to cover that one)

  • A Letter of Intention regarding the Mission Work,

  • Letters of Character Recommendations from Ministers and Members of my FBO, (if you would like to write one, let me know, I'll email you my Tallahassee address)

  • A Certified Physician's Letter of Health,

  • Vaccination Record,

  • Etc. Etc. Etc.

Most of the requirements are easy enough to collect and complete and I am in the process of gathering all the required documentation... It's the last two that have me a little tossed at the moment.

I have never enjoyed going to the doctor and getting poked and prodded.

There are numerous immunizations I need before an extended stay in Saint Lucia which include the following:

  • Hepatitis A,

  • Typhoid 

  • Hepatitis B, (totally unnecessary since I am celibate and do not plan on getting a tattoo or doing drugs)

  • Rabies, (the bats in Saint Lucia carry the disease)

  • Yellow Fever, (I may be able to sidestep this one)

Being a Veteran I receive my medical treatment from the VA. I just found out the local VA will not see me until I register with the clinic in Tallahassee... THEN, they will schedule an appointment in the near future. (I wonder what "Near Future" means to the VA)? 


Needless to say, I'm off to the Tallahassee VA clinic next week to register and hopefully soon after, get checked out, poked, and prodded.

God bless you!


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