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
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
All donations are tax
Vital Links for Humanity, Inc,
PO Box 1496
Eagle River, WI 54521-1496
Tommy and Carol Miles