We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence unreached people groups for Christ.
We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence Unreached People Groups (UPG) for Christ.
For many years healthcare professionals wishing to be involved in cross-cultural mission in Africa have been encouraged to partner with church health care providers. However, the church/mission hospital paradigm is less applicable these days and alternative models are increasingly appropriate. This might involve partnerships with governments or other NGOs, basic community health work or a variety of creative alternatives. The need for this kind of health ministry is everywhere – we don’t aspire, however, to trying to meet that need anywhere, but more strategically in UPG territory (directly or indirectly).
Most of the unreached people groups in Africa are in areas of where there is no church and no church health care providers. These peoples are mainly in Islamic Creative Access Nations (CANs).
Often it’s more appropriate to go to a place, live there and figure out, in conjunction with the local community, how to be involved after one arrives. The idea that you can take a pre-determined programme or plan and simply implement it may exist in the popular Western mindset (all these needy people need the help that we can offer), but we aspire to more than simply doing things for people and communities.
Have a missions event or missions board at your church? Why not download a healthcare opportunity sheet for others to find out more about serving in Africa.
If you’re looking to spend between 3-12 months using your skills in Africa, then our Short Term Programme, can help. Taking a year out, a career break, early retirement, or just simply wanting to offer up time to serve God, you can apply either as an individual or as a team of two or more.
12 months to a life time… if God is calling you to use your medical skills among those who have not yet heard about Jesus, then we’d love to partner with you and your church for the long haul. As a trained medical professional, you could work in a local hospital, rural clinics, a children’s home or give training to others.