Don Schoendorfer, Free Wheelchair Mission

I can remember our honeymoon like it was yesterday. We enjoyed a seven-day cruise on the Western Caribbean: Sun, all-you-can-eat food, entertainment, and fantastic excursions with my best friend.

All was well until we reached Roatán. An island of Honduras, Roatán is a popular tourist destination for snorkeling, glass boat rides, and more. Except, we weren’t enjoying the port of call because we were overwhelmed by the poverty around us. To make matters worse, Americans were haggling for low prices when they could afford to pay the asking price. We just wanted to help, but we didn’t do anything.

Don Schoendorfer had a similar feeling in 1979 when he vacationed in Morocco with his family. Except, when he saw a woman crawling across the street to get where she needed to go, he did something about it.

The founder of Free Wheelchair Missions, Schoendorfer, is a biomedical engineer fulfilling his Jesus-centric calling to provide free wheelchairs for people across the globe. As a recipient of the White House Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Don networks with 94 different developing countries, their governments, and charitable agencies to help people in need.

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