RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For 35 years, Dr. Lerla Joseph has been practicing medicine. Ten years ago, the internal medicine doctor who practices in Richmond, decided to expand her medical calling outside of the United States. Joseph started going on mission trips to Haiti, twice a year.
“I go to serve those who are the least of these. It’s a mission that Jesus Christ gave to us as Christians,” says Joseph.
Since the earthquake in 2010, the conditions in Haiti have improved; however, the people still need help.
“As soon as you step outside of that airplane and that airport, you see a mass of people who are struggling to make a living. Everybody is working, from old to young, trying to make a living,” says Joseph.
This Saturday, Joseph and a group of volunteers will be leaving for a mission trip to Haiti. This will be the doctor’s second trip this year. 8News anchor Ava-joye Burnett will also be part of the group that will be traveling to Haiti. Joseph says participants sometimes experience culture shock.
“Once they get there, they realize just how fortunate they are, how blessed they are. Sometimes it’s a visceral experience to the point where they cry,” says Joseph.
The group packed several suitcases with necessities like toothbrushes and books. They leave Richmond on Saturday.