Dr. Perkins traveled to Haiti in 2016 as part of a medical mission led by the pastor of his home church. He was accompanied by a close friend, Dr. Michael Henderson, a cardiologist and former US Army soldier who joined the mission's medical team. Both men felt an immediate connection to the culture and people of Haiti, as well as surprise at the dire need in this beautiful country not far from the United States.
Dr. Perkins reflected on his own childhood experiences and knew in his heart that he was being called to work with Haitian children. Similarly, as Dr. Henderson met children and performed medical exams in Haiti, he realized that for many of them, this was the first time they had ever received a basic health check-up. He was moved by each child's eagerness to learn and felt compelled to help.