Brandon Shelton founded BELLA Medical Ministries after his first medical relief trip to Haiti immediately following the earthquake in Jan. 2010 that killed over 250,000+ men, women and children as well as left over 1 million homeless. BELLA’s core team is made up experienced Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics who have either a prior military or LEO background. These prior life experiences enable them to adapt to the austere living/working conditions and unstable security situations that make up the disaster zones and areas of extreme poverty to which they deploy.
The BELLA teams (both in disaster deployments and larger follow up support missions) arrive in the operational area with the ability to be 100% self-sufficient (for 2 weeks) in the areas of food, water purification equipment, shelter, security & a large inventory of medicines/supplies. They do this so as not to be a burden on the already overwhelmed support systems and/or to their hosts. This self-sufficient model dovetails into the preparedness lifestyle very well.
BELLA’s founding members are all preppers and each deployment or follow up mission trip they do gives them the opportunity to test gear and skills that we have in their personal preparedness plans. Following an initial disaster deployment they return home with detailed reports that they deliver to local churches and other groups so that they can become involved in ongoing relief efforts by either sending supplies/funds that are needed or by having BELLA lead a team of their members back to the effected region.
Additional Resources for Today’s Show
- Members Support Brigade
- Copper Bullion
- ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day)
- The Free State Project – (sponsor of the day)
Special Note – I donated 100 dollars to Bella while doing this interview, I will donate 100 dollars more up for each 1000 dollars donated by TSP, Branden will let me know as the donations come in. All in all if the community donates a total of 4,000 dollars I will add 500 to it making it a 4,500 dollar contribution. If you guys will “like” their facebook page I will chip in another 100 dollars just for that.
- Bella Medical Ministries – (main site)
- The Brown Bag Program – (donate a little once a month)
- Help Bella Ministries – (make a one time donation)
- BElla Medical Ministries on Facebook – (when they hit 2500 likes I will donate another 100 dollars)
- Bella Medical Ministries on Twitter
- Info on the Fungal Infection that Occurred in Joplin
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