Faces of the ForceVolunteers share the impact serving others made on their life.
Global Care Force volunteers are special people who know the joy and fulfillment of serving others. Our volunteers are the “Faces of the Force.” Read their stories, and find out what it’s like to serve those in need!
Stephen Kineke and Ann Schwanda
The kindness and generosity of people facing unbelievable obstacles impacts Stephen Kineke, MD and his wife, Ann Schwanda, RN, the most when they volunteer. Impressed by the resilience, bravery, and faith of the Ukrainian people, they will return in October to volunteer for a second this year.
Elizabeth Vargas knows the immigration crisis all too well. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, she volunteered with her father, a pastor, feeding and comforting those arriving at the southern border. Elizabeth says Global Care Force medical volunteers bring healing and hope to those who make the dangerous journey seeking a better life.
James Marcum had never heard of Global Care Force until a TV interview with a former volunteer dropped into his YouTube feed. He had been looking into other opportunities to volunteer in Ukraine and soon realized Global Care Force was a perfect fit for what he sought.
Michelle Martinez Torrez
The patients who sought medical care in one of our last clinics had just been freed from Russian occupation 10-12 weeks prior to our arrival. These clinic days were filled with so many emotions, stories and photos that the Ukrainian patients shared with us. In a way, this was a good start towards their healing journey from the PTSD they presented with.
Guy and Marilynn Fiocco
Doctors Guy and Marilynn Fiocco will remember many things from their volunteer service in Ukraine with the mobile medical clinics. The lines of people patiently waiting to see a doctor, the very high blood pressures and obvious pain and stress of the individuals, and bullet holes in the slide of an abandoned playground. What will stay with them is the gratitude and heartfelt thanks of the Ukrainian people.
Bob Skinner knows the key to having a meaningful life and a life of purpose. It’s serving others! As a pastor, he knows serving is truly a transformative experience. He recently traveled to Ukraine with Global Care Force Founder Dr.Gary Morsch, a country he called home for 17 years as a former missionary. Read more about Bob’s powerful homecoming and his insights on Ukraine and its people.
Rebecca “Becky” Reeser
Rebecca Reeser’s heart was connected to Ukraine long before she volunteered with Global Care Force’s mobile medical clinic in September. Years ago, she facilitated medical teams to the country for her church. When she saw a Facebook post that Global Care Force needed an RN for September, she knew in her heart this was her opportunity to show the Ukrainian people love in a practical and needed way.
Like many of us, Ewa Boguszewska felt lost at the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, wondering how she could help. She prayed and asked how she could be involved. Then she learned about Global Care Force. Read more of Ewa’s story.
Volunteering helped Jodi Cook grow as a person. “I learned life isn’t just about me and what I want,” said Jodi. “My life is now about what I can give to another person to make their life a little better.” Jodi returns to Mexico several times a year to care for elderly men, who have become her extended family.
Don Dunning heard about GCF from his church pastor. Intrigued, he signed up to serve at a soup kitchen and shelter in Gallup, New Mexico. The experience made a big impact on his life. “It has been a reaffirmation of my faith and the need for serving those in need.”
John Luke Nawar
“The Navajo Nation are very proud people who value their heritage, culture, family, and community. Their sense of gratitude and how they welcomed me into their community was fantastic.” John Luke Nawar has volunteered several times with GCF, including twice in the Navajo Nation.
Dr. Jim Pettey
Dr. Jim Pettey believes volunteering allows you to explore your own basic humanity and touch the humanity of others. He has volunteered in developing countries where basic human needs, like clean water, are difficult to come by, and medical care is often even more inaccessible.