Foundation Event Blog

Arizona Pain Specialists Foundation supports Doctors Sasha and Irina missionary


Doctors Sasha and Irina were were born and raised in Kazakhstan, when it was still part of the Soviet Union. They finished medical school in their home country. Both became followers of Jesus through missionaries in mid-90s. They came to the United States in 2005 to be trained in family medicine. Their residency in the United States, In His Image Family practice residency program, has a strong emphasis on short-term and long-term missions. After they finished their three-year training, they felt God was calling them to return to Kazakhstan to be His witnesses in this Muslim/atheistic society. They and their two young children returned last summer and are currently working at a training clinic, teaching local physicians Western standards of family medicine. They are also sharing the gospel with their coworkers. The residents at the clinic see patients, but they have allocated time for formal medical and spiritual teaching. Their vision is to enable their coworkers spiritually and medically to go into the world to reach the unreached. This type of training clinic is unique in the entire Central Asia.
They really appreciate all who partner with them in this ministry.

Arizona Pain Specialists Foundation supports several missionary.


Ken serves as President of the Board for Thin Blue Line Ministries International As Founder and President he has traveled across the world many times working extensively with police, military and government officials and is working with the Honduran government to restore relationships between authorities and the community. Ken has been invited by the Honduran congress to sit in session and help them establish laws to protect women and children from slavery, sexual exploitation and violence. His counseling materials have been published by the Honduran government and used to teach and train police officers. He is recognized internationally as a speaker and authority in biblical counseling specifically in Latin America. In Nicaragua he is a radio and T.V. spokesperson for counseling and is known in radio as “The Late Night Voice of Nicaragua”. To Learn more about Ken Hodgeson and TBLM Int’l please go to
Our next event is a work day at the Desert Mission Food Bank. We’ll be working in the warehouse putting together food boxes and meeting folks who are coming in for help.

When: April 10th 9 am – Noon
Where: Desert Mission Food Bank

9229 North 4th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020-2530

Why: One of five Arizonans is now seeking food assistance. We can greatly help by coordinating a food drive from March 1-April 10 and then volunteering to distribute this food at the food bank.

RSVP: To Kelli by April 1:, 480-326-6501
Please consider bringing in and donating the following items for our food drive:

  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Ste ws
  • Soup
  • Canned Tuna and Salmon
  • Powdered Milk
  • Dried Canned Beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soup
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sanitary Napkins/Tampons

Thank you! I look forward to helping those in our own community, with you, on April 10th!

Arizona Pain Foundation
Dr. McJunkin and Dr. Som saw more than 170 patients — all who had been tested for blood pressure and glucose readings.

The Arizona Pain Foundation’s first event of 2010 was a great success. More than 25 volunteers traveled from the Phoenix area to Nogales, Arizona. The border town is like many others — plagued by poverty and illness. With the foundation’s mission in mind — to share the love of God by bringing compassion, healing and resources to those in need — the volunteers traveled to the border spend a day working with the poor at the Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission. Volunteers were met by staff and mission helpers who quickly listed off a lengthy number of tasks they needed help with. These included preparing lunch for the 100-plus homeless and hungry folk they were expecting; removing a faulty air conditioning duct from a church ceiling, tiling 7 bathrooms, clearing a nearby field of refuse and providing medical services to the nearly 200 people who’d heard of the group’s arrival. Volunteers broke into teams accordingly and went to work. Dr. McJunkin and Dr. Som saw more than 170 patients — all who had been tested for blood pressure and glucose readings. The air condition duct was replaced. The bathroom tiling work was well underway. The lunch team prepared, served and cleaned up afterward. Volunteers also distributed toys and food items they’d brought for those at the mission. It was a truly successful event and meaningful for all who were involved.

Arizona Pain Foundation Bringing Smiles To Those Often Neglected

(Phoenix, AZ) – Arizona Pain Specialists, a local pain management clinic, will be hosting a Christmas party for refugee children at the Arizona Medical Clinic in Phoenix on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will provide food, games and gifts for an expected 100 refugee adults and 200 children.
Donations of clothing, personal care items, blankets, toys and other much needed items will be accepted at both Arizona Pain Specialists offices through Thursday, December 10, 2009. The Scottsdale Office is located at 9787 N. 91st St., Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. The Glendale Office is located at 18555 N. 79th Ave, Suite E101, Glendale, AZ 85308.

Many of the children attending the event are refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma). They fled the country when a military coup threatened not only their families’ livelihood but their lives as well. Now they are living in the US with few ties to our community. The Arizona Pain Foundation is holding this event to bring a little holiday cheer into the lives of these displaced children from half a world away. They would welcome volunteers to help make this day a special one for children who have had very little to smile about in the past few years.

About Arizona Pain Specialists
Arizona Pain Specialists provides world-class treatment combining innovative interventions with complementary therapies to relieve your pain and improve the quality of your life. With offices in Scottsdale and Glendale, Arizona Pain Specialists is the fastest growing pain management clinic in Arizona. For more information visit their website at or call 480-563-6400.

Kevin George, Program Manager, Arizona Pain Foundation

“Thank you. It’s too big. No, it’s not. Yeah, it’s just too big.” Those were the words that Mike shared with me on Saturday, November 14, 2009. This was the day of the Circus in Love Park at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. Mike is a very special young man who’s not afraid to share his gratitude, and what he feels.

Sunshine Acres Children’s Home is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that serves as home to 60 boys and girls in 6 different family-style homes. These children have been placed at Sunshine Acres because, for a variety of reasons, their families are not able to currently care for them. For some children, it is a short-term solution, while for other children it becomes a long-term answer.

Arizona Pain Foundation organized and funded the circus in partnership with the Circus School of Arizona, and Gregangelo and Velocity of San Francisco. The children were entertained by aerialists performing Cirque de Soleil style feats, acrobats jumping, kicking and flipping, jugglers, and face painters. They were even given mini lessons – a hit for the day. There were homemade cookies to decorate, and tables set with frames to embellish.

Arizona Pain Specialists, founders and supporters of Arizona Pain Foundation, were out in huge numbers. The volunteers grilled burgers and hot dogs, served food, and generally looked for anyway to be involved. Two of our volunteers even came as clowns and made balloon animals for the children. Of course, our own Paul Lynch, MD, co-founder of Arizona Pain Specialists and Arizona Pain Foundation, hit the beat box stirring the crowd.

A special “Thank you” to everyone who made this day possible. It takes many different gifts of time and finances to affect lives as we did at the Circus in Love Park. If you’re interested in finding out more about Sunshine Acres and supporting their work, please visit

On November 14, 2009 the Arizona Pain Foundation will host a circus at the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home by partnering with the Circus School of Arizona.  The Circus School of Arizona has donated their time and expertise to provide entertainment and aerial acrobatic instruction for the children. The Sunshine Acres Children’s Home has been a refuge for over 1600 homeless children since its creation over seventeen years ago. This is the latest in a series of charitable activities that are supported by the Arizona Pain Foundation.<!–more–>

The spirit of giving through community service is a core value of the medical care delivered by Arizona Pain Specialists. Arizona Pain Specialists created the Arizona Pain Foundation and started donations upon the receipt of the physician’s first paycheck in 2007, which immediately allowed for a trip to an orphanage in Sonoyta, Mexico. For more information on the event or to find out how you can participate, please contact Kevin George at 602-481-3996.

When: Saturday, November 14th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, East Valley

How can you help: Volunteers are needed on the day of the event, and in advanced.

Contact: Kevin George at 602-481-3996.

A Birthday Party for the Homeless: “Everybody deserves a Birthday Cake”

Once a year the Nogales Crossroads Mission throws a birthday party for the poor and homeless of Nogales, where those who normally don’t get a birthday party are celebrated. They are given cake and presents and sang happy birthday. It is a great experience to be a part of.

Nogales Mission

I went to visit the Crossroads Nogales Mission recently – researching possible locations for our medical outreach program. Located on the border of Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora in Northern Mexico, this mission is incredible in its ability to meet the needs of so many with so little.

According to their website: they fed over 35,000 individuals last year alone. This is all done within the walls of building that is over 90 yrs old, and with a staff of less than 5 people on most days. Started by Ben and Bert Wenke in 1995 they meet a host of community needs including the management of 4 shelters, 5 programs for men and women, a Domestic Violence Shelter for women and children, Holiday meals, Bible Clubs for children 5 times a year and a Community Lunch Program for the poor.

They also have a daily church service which is taught by different ministers every day from the community. They provide food, clothing, shelter, spiritual guidance, and protection for anyone who is in need and comes to their door. Ben Wenke was previously ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, but he states that was “many years ago in my previous life.” In 1995 God called him to Nogales where he lived in the mission with his wife Bert for the first 8 years they were in Nogales. Ben says “when you’re working with the poor and homeless you quickly lose any allegiance to one denomination or the other. It’s all about doing the work of God, not whether you’re Baptist or Methodist.” I can tell you after spending a day with this couple that God’s spirit moves in this mission and the work they are doing will last for eternity. If you feel led you can give donations directly on their website listed above. We are in discussions with the mission about how we can set up a medical and dental clinic within their mission in the future – so if you’d like to be involved with that just email us or call the clinic.

Faith Outreach for Christ

Victor and Kay Hoehn of Faith Outreach for Christ live in Rio Rico, AZ where they are semi-retired teachers. However, there hearts lies in the streets of Nogales, Sonora just minutes a way and yet a world apart. They teach classes in Mexico three nights a week and are involved with seven different churches where they describe there work as the “helps ministry.” This drastically under-estimates the impact these two kind souls have on the people of Nogales, Sonora.<!–more–>

Victor spent many years working in a salvage yard in Phoenix, AZ. He now uses those skills to help the churches in the Faith Outreach for Christ network. On some days he and his wife cross the border multiple times to bring things from the U.S. that the different churches need. He owns a century-card which allows him to cross quickly without having to wait in lines for up to three hours to get back into the states. Victor and Kay have been ministering in Northern Mexico for 25 years and are bilingual.

During the day I spent with them they took me to 3 different churches and a new site forone of the churches. Victor who calls himself”a Gideon”, witnessed to between 5 and 10 people during the time we spent together, handing out bibles and proclaiming the good news in spanish and english. His affable nature disarmed people, and his outgoing personality made him a born evangelist. Still he claims he is not a minister but merely in the “helps ministry.”

During my day in Nogales I also met Tony Gonzalez (not the football player) who is the president of Faith Outreach for Christ. He is a minister at one of the churches and supports all seven through their organization. Pastor Gonzalez encouraged me that if we wanted to come to Nogales and set up medical and dental clinics they could easily put out the word to all seven churches and to the communities of each church. He related to me that when a church came before with several doctors, so many people showed up for medical care that they had to hand out numbers and bring many back on different days. If you are interested in getting involved in medical outreach trips to Nogales, Sonora just email us or call and we’ll get you more information.