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Vital Links

Vital Links for Humanity

Vital Links founders Tom and Carol Miles are both nurses and members of Shepherd of the Lakes ELCA Lutheran Church in Sayner, WI. Tom is a Vietnam veteran retired from US Air Force. They began their mission experiences serving in a large clinic in a Cambodian Refugee camp in Thailand 1991-92. They then spent one year as missionaries in the former Saigon, Vietnam 1996-97 teaching in a large hospital sponsored by Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and supported by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fountain Hills, AZ.   VLH was formed in 1998 leading teams of over 110 laypersons and medical professionals to Vietnam, seven medical teams to the Navajo Lutheran Mission, Rock Point, AZ and a team of 13 to Biloxi, MS for Katrina recovery efforts

Vital Links supported health and dental care outreach projects at three orphanages in Vietnam for  9 years caring for over 400 orphans, handicapped, elderly and staff.  Last year one mission outreach served over 700 visiting hill tribe people. Outreach was developed with grants from Wheat Ridge Ministries and are now maintained through a grant from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fountain Hills, AZ and donations from other churches and individuals.

Summer teams go to Vietnam each year teaching at hospitals and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine.  Teams have provided donations of medical equipment for many hospitals including the Neonatal ICU at Pediatric Hospital #1.  These teams also visit our orphanage, joining our missionary, Dr Hang’s team on outreach clinics and teaching English/ Bible study. Volunteers are welcomed to serve on teams.  All have gifts to share.

VLH has facilitated month long visits of 40 medical students and specialty residents from around the world at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City receiving elective credit at their university.  Fifteen healthcare professionals and teachers from Vietnam have been sponsored for special training in the USA to return to their country to teach others.

Mission Statement: “VLH recognizes the healthcare needs in developing countries and it is our mission to respond to that need using the opportunities that come before us to share our Christian faith”. Vital Links for Humanity is a Christian 501 c 3 non-profit organization and it is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Charitable Organization.
All donations are tax deductible.       

Vital Links for Humanity, Inc,  
PO Box 1496
Eagle River, WI 54521-1496
Office:  715-479-7612
Cell:      480-818-0890

Tommy and Carol Miles