These women from Sierra Leone get it right. “Jesus always ran toward sick people.” His ministry had a bent towards those who were sick, oppressed and marginalized. This CT article spells out ways that one group of women are making a difference. They are mobilizing Christ’s followers to action. This is something that should challenge us wherever we live. As they say in this article, too often the ‘spiritual’ is separated from the ‘medical.’ The church may be lulled into believing she cannot make a difference. But look at Jesus. He was one person, and by following His Father’s will He was able to change the world! We must all take an example from these women from Sierra Leone. We can make a difference in this world, whether in the midst of Ebola or lending a helping hand to a struggling youngster, I believe that we can and must act to lift the body and spirits of those who are sick and marginalized; this should especially be true for followers of Jesus.
Medical missionaries have been at the forefront of a number of innovations in medicine and public health. Why? Because we are in the most needy places, working on multicultural teams, learning from local people, and get immediate feedback on what works and what does not work. The drawback to all this is that we tend to get absorbed into the work — the workload is beyond what anyone is able to bear; thus we frequently do not have the margin to create and publish. It’s an amazing challenge. Want to help us change the world?
This CT article addresses the topic: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/may/how-missionaries-are-changing-medicine.html
The Ebola outbreak has been a big story, with over 25,000 separate news articles mentioning SIM since we first brought Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol out of Liberia to Emory Hospital. But our aim is not publicity. It is God’s glory that we are after. In the midst of the suffering we have the confidence that our gracious God is at work among the nations, and especially in West Africa. Our missionaries put themselves in harms way, getting close to the people, and but this is the calling they have received from Jesus. Jesus came as God to be with us, alongside us, lead us, save us. We come in His name alongside people, to be with them and point them to Jesus. This is the basis of community transformation. It also reflects Christ’s character. Our aim is not publicity for ourselves. It is not about SIM; it is about what God is doing in the world, showing His good character and grace, rescuing men and women in the midst of their pain.