In 2009: VWAM was to make its first official visit to the Central Highlands – Ban Me Thuot! The medical team partnered with a Vietnamese charity, the Social and Medical Committee of the Evangelical Church of Viet Nam – South (SOMEDCO), who had gotten permission for the medical team. Again, the Vietnamese authorities told VWAM and SOMEDCO that the team could not travel to Ban Me Thuot due to “civil and church unrest.” This word came with only a week to go before the team was flying to Viet Nam. What led up to this denial of permission was the demolition of the last standing post-1975 CMA church in Ban Me Thout. The team lost two members but the remaining team members arrived in Saigon waiting for a new assignment. Two days later the team was given permission to go to Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta.
Between May 5-9 the 32 Vietnamese-American team worked four days and saw just over 2,000 patients – a new VWAM record! With the help of the Dung Phu Evangelical Church, the team worked on Cai Be Island, at the church, Dung Phu village, Hoa Ninh Clinic, and Bunh Hoa Phu village. The team treated 2,037 patients for an average of nearly 509 per day! In summary the team saw 2,037 patients providing $7,500 in medicine; $650 in food stipends; $750 for transportation assistance; $9,000 for surgeries; $2,200 for hospitalizations/diagnostic tests; $1,400 for 20 wheelchairs, 2 walkers, 3 canes; 200 pairs of eyeglasses ($1,200) and 3 hearing aides ($475); 181 dental patients were seen and 267 teeth extracted; 8 cataract surgeries cost $1,100 and every patients received a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste!