Tools in God's Hand: Medical Ministry

 

Disease, injury, and medical care bring fear and worry to people across the globe. Their effects touch everyone, particularly those with few resources to pay for treatment.

Our Lord, during His earthly ministry demonstrated His love for man by touching them in this area of deep and persistent need: "And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people" (Matt. 4:23). Sickness and death are the most visible marks of the Fall, and breaking their power showed that Jesus had come to make an end of all our sin.

Awaiting the Lord's second coming, when at last "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be any mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore" (Rev. 21:4), Christians follow His example. Compassionate care for the sick and dying goes hand-in-hand with sharing the good news of spiritual healing and eternal life through the sacrifice of Christ. The Church's witness is strongest when Christ's love is seen in our care for others-both in this life and in eternity.

Through AMG, you can touch lives of sick and suffering people around the world. From Haiti to Uganda to Romania to Guatemala to Greece, AMG medical ministries (often in partnership with short-term medical teams) range from rural "urgent care" clinics to full-service modern hospitals. Doctors, nurses, and technicians shine as bold Gospel witnesses, touching hearts and lives as they serve patients and their families. Clinic staff provide treatment for those who have no access to other care and often cannot pay for needed medicines and services. 

Perhaps nowhere are the effects of AMG's medical ministry so immediately visible as in India. In this second-largest country of the world, millions still suffer from the ravages of leprosy. Beyond the tremendous physical suffering the disease brings (including loss of limbs, blindness, and frequent infections), its victims are cast out from society, enduring shame and separation even from family members, and receiving no medical care. Without intervention, the disease progresses, further disfiguring patients. Because of the social stigma, many are also in danger of starvation and exposure.

Because of the love of Christ, Believers in India stand against the cruelty of the Hindu caste system to heal the physical and spiritual condition of leprosy victims. AMG India has long been a leader in leprosy ministry. Today, AMG's leprosy colonies provide basic food, clothing, and medical care to patients. Mobile clinics travel around the country to provide diagnostic testing and antibiotic therapy to stop new cases of the disease in their tracks. At the Kadyum Eye Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, thousands of patients each year receive the gift of sight through the cataract surgeries.

In God's perfect will, even the scourge of leprosy can be a tool in His hand to bring people to salvation thanks to the faithful, compassionate work of AMG India. Paul Jenks, AMG's vice president for Asian outreach, recalls a visit to India years: "It is an amazing thing to see leprosy victims with no fingers, with deformed faces, singing praises to God with their hands lifted to the heavens, thanking God for His salvation and for the life they have in Jesus Christ. One patient said, ‘If I hadn't gotten leprosy, I would have never come to know Jesus Christ.' How incredible that in the middle of adversity, hope and life can be given to a person. In a situation that none of us would want to find ourselves in, this man was rejoicing to the Lord for what God had done in his life."

Financial and prayer support from ministry partners makes this work possible in India and other countries where AMG carries out medical ministry. Will you join AMG to touch the sick with the love of Christ?

To learn more about AMG's medical ministries around the world, and discover how you can get involved, please visit www.amginternational.org or call 1-800-251-7206.

Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in more than 30 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.

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