As Christians and as medical “missionaries” we are called to a higher standard. We are not just there to respect human dignity but to share the compassion, love, and mercy of Christ. We must ask ourselves: Are we engaging people in our medical ministry as Jesus would? Are our interactions with patients and staff glorifying Christ?
I know there are no simple answers for giving good care in mission hospitals or for being a good medical missionary, especially in settings that do clinical education. I also know that these environments can be extremely challenging and frustrating for professionals trained in the West. Finding people who are modeling best practices as “medical missionaries” and learning from them as a new missionary is crucial.
Prioritizing time for a personal devotional life, seeking out good mentors, keeping an attitude of continuously learning from our national colleagues, and sincerely loving them and those we serve are all great starting places. However, what will define our ministry is did we show Christ’s love, compassion, and respect for human dignity to our patients and to our national colleagues?
M3 Founders, Dr. Paul and Jennifer Osteen, and the M3 Conference team were so honored to host Dr. Missy Sandberg during her visit to the U.S. For the last six years, Dr. Sandberg has been serving through SIM at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Zambia. Dr. Sandberg will return to Mukinge in November, and we encourage you to keep her and all of the staff at Mukinge in your prayers as they continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the beautiful people of Zambia.
M3 Co-Founder, Dr. Paul Osteen, was honored to join Hope Through Healing Hands in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for global health and development funding to save the lives of mothers and children in developing countries. Click here to give one minute of your time to lend your voice to advocate for global health and development too!
Space is still available for two upcoming training courses presented by Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC). On July 26-31, they will host “Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response: Sphere International Standards,” and on August 20-24, “Community Health Evangelism Training of Trainers1.”
For more information about these courses or to register, click here.
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a ministry of Christian doctors, health professionals and health educators serving the poor in places that have little or no access to healthcare. Each year, CHSC brings compassionate, life-saving health services to hundreds of thousands of families around the world. CHSC is dedicated to transforming the health of children and families in their communities. Click here to learn more about the work of Christian Health Service Corps.