The Body of Christ
I am always humbled by the teams Christ chooses to go and share his message of love. This team was especially unique in that we had a youth ministry leader and a physician assistant from Texas, a physical therapist from Kentucky, a fireman from Ohio, three medical students and a doctor from Kenya, and three Indigenous community leaders from South Asia. The Kenyan doctors have served with us many times in Africa, but it was their first experience in a different culture and they were amazing.
The question is what do we do?
Like the majority of medical mission trips, why not just “Go and Do” a large medical clinic caring for as many as possible in a week. What message do we send with such an approach?
As it is said, “The road to dependency is paved with good intentions”.
This approach although it has a humanitarian impact, but spiritually it pridefully implies that we can share the love of Christ more effectively in ten days than national believers who live in theses villages. These Christians know the language and the culture with established relationships who can continue to show compassion long after we leave.
Our goal was to travel to South Asia to train national Christians with basic medical skills and care for the newborn in order to open doors to share the love of Christ.
Our partner invited 51 students who came from as far away as three days travel in highly persecuted areas. The extreme passion and courage of these students humbled us all. The scripture in Hebrews which describes courageous Christians who refused to renounce their faith even to death was a picture of our students.
They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
An example of their faith and courage was a testimony shared by one of our students as we sat listening in amazement. His father had come to know Christ which ultimately led to his family coming to see the hope we have in Christ. His father felt a passion for going back to the village where he was born. This village is a dangerous place, and he knew he would go with significant risk, but he was convicted to share the love of Christ to this area of spiritual darkness.
He said good-bye to his family and traveled to the village. Their worse fears were realized when the news came that he had been brutally attacked and killed for his faith in Christ. His son, who was one of our students, became so angry that he wanted to join a militant group to seek revenge for his father’s death.
He was consoled and mentored by our partner organization East West, and over a three-year period, he came to a place of emotional and spiritual peace with forgiveness. His son also felt convicted to travel to the same village that killed his father.
It was his passion to share the love of Christ that took him back to the place where his father had been killed and by the grace of God, he ultimately led the village to know the hope we have in Christ. It was his father’s courage and his son’s passion to share the Gospel that brought many more to the Kingdom of Heaven.
This courage was consistent in the stories of many of our students who faced severe persecution and clearly answered the question, “Who is more effective at advancing the Kingdom of Heaven in persecuted areas”?
The courageous faith of our students was humbling and inspiring to our team. This level of faith is what motivates us at Teach To Transform to travel to the hardest persecuted areas in the world called the 10/40 window, to empower these courageous nationals whose faith is beyond belief.
The oath that we ask our students to pledge at the end of their training exemplifies their humility.
- I recognize I am a child of God, learning how to Love one another with compassion through the Teach To Transform Training.
- I must remember that I am not the answer to the problem.
- I must remember I am not a doctor.
- I must remember that this training builds bridges to the Gospel for the Glory of God and for the expansion of the Kingdom.
- I today pledge to be an ambassador of Christ through the skills I have learned through the Teach To Transform Training.
- Remember always:
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
The world is not worthy of them!
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For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.