We’re celebrating three years! This fall marks the three-year anniversary of Mission of Mercy’s Avondale clinic and, for Pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church Jack Marslender and member of Mission of Mercy’s Arizona Leadership Council, the milestone represents more than three years of service; the anniversary represents his congregation’s willingness to serve, and the possibility of continued growth in the years to come.

Big dreams for a health care clinic began nearly three years ago for the First Southern Baptist Church. “Our members have always been committed to providing people with the spiritual guidance and support necessary to live the most healthy and fulfilling lives possible,” says Marslender. “We made a commitment to be more involved in our community, but we knew we couldn’t do something as extensive as an on-site health care clinic without a partner like Mission of Mercy.”

Clinic volunteers from Avondale celebrated three years of “bringing the doctor to the people” in early December with a open house hosted by Lee & Bob Pitts, both of whom have volunteered in the clinic since day one. Dozens of volunteers from the clinic gathered to share in celebrating all that’s been accomplished in three short years.

Highlights from the clinic include…

Providing over 5,000 individual patient visits

Expanding the clinic from one Monday per month to four

Serving as a pilot location for MOM’s Community Connections program, which connects patients with additional health education and support services right from the clinic

Mission of Mercy’s work in Avondale and ALL of the communities we serve would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers and community partners that help us eliminate barriers to care. Please join us in saying “thank you” to the Avondale clinic team for all they continue to make possible!



In that time, the clinic has grown substantially. Over 5,000 individual patient visits have been provided in the past three years. Now operating with four clinic days per month, the Avondale clinic has steadily grown to become one of the Arizona program’s busiest locations.