LiveBeyond is a faith-based, humanitarian organization bringing medical and maternal health care, clean water, education, orphan care, community development, and the gospel of Jesus Christ to the oppressed in Thomazeau, Haiti.
We are an organization that chooses to LiveBeyond ourselves, our culture, our borders, and our lives so that others can LiveBeyond disease, hunger, poverty, and despair to transform Thomazeau for the Kingdom of God.
Dr. David and Laurie Vanderpool started doing volunteer medical work 22 years ago, providing free health care in third world countries that suffered from either natural or man-made disasters.
In 2005, the Vanderpools formally founded Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR) after Dr. Vanderpool and his eldest son, David Stallings, provided emergency medical care across the Mississippi coast after Hurricane Katrina. Soon after the hurricane, Dr. Vanderpool expanded his relief efforts to provide medical care and disaster relief abroad. They ran temporary medical clinics in war-torn and impoverished countries like Ghana, Mozambique, Iraq, Honduras, and South Africa.
In 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti. Dr. Vanderpool was a first responder to provide care to thousands of patients affected by the disaster. After spending 12 days seeing patients with horrific injuries, performing countless operations, and witnessing the desperate need of Haiti, the Vanderpools felt called to help the Haitian people and provide a lasting impact in this country.
Soon after this, MMDR rebranded itself as LiveBeyond. In May 2013, Dr. Vanderpool and Laurie officially moved to Thomazeau, Haiti on a full-time basis. They sold both their home in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Dr. Vanderpool’s private medical practice.
LiveBeyond purchased 63 acres in Thomazeau, Haiti, a region outside of Port-au-Prince where Dr. and Mrs. Vanderpool now live and work. The LiveBeyond compound consists of the Hamilton Guest House, a demonstration farm, and a medical clinic, with plans to expand by building a hospital, a worship center, and a school, as well as housing for orphans, the mentally and physically handicapped, and other missionaries.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe, that just like Jesus Christ, we are anointed by the Spirit of God to preach the Good News to the poor, to set the prisoners free, to bring sight to the blind, to relieve the oppressed and to declare the Great Day of the Lord. // Luke 4:18-19
We also believe that if anyone has material possessions and sees someone in need but does nothing to help them, then the love of God can't be in that person. So, we are not to love in word or talk but in works and in truth. // 1 John 3:18