One of the things I like to do with my teams each evening is have each person share about their favorite moment of the day. I just want to share a couple of stories that our team members currently serving in Honduras shared last night that show the power of wholistic ministry on our teams.
Dr. Heather Kallies shared about a patient who came in for dental care. As she and the dental team cared for her painful teeth, they also had the opportunity to share the gospel with this lady. She had professed to be a Christian in the past but had fallen away. Because of the love and concern the team showed this lady, she recomitted her life to Christ. Ministering to her physical need led to the opportunity to minister to her physical need.
Dr. Phillip Yunker told of a patient he had seen that day in the medical clinic. Jose had come in with multiple medical problems. However, it was clear that his main problem was his anger over his condition. It was a very tense situation as they tried to minister to him. Dr. Yunker was able to enlist the help of our host partner, Pastor Ivan Gallino Paz to come assist him.
Together with several other of our medical team members, Ivan led this man in a time of prayer. When it was finished, he was giving hugs to team members all around. He was a changed person. Ministering to his spiritual and emotional need made it possible to care for his medical need.
These stories demonstrate the power of Jesus command in Luke 9:2 to heal the sick AND preach the good news. As we do both, we can make an impact far beyond trying to address these aspects of people’s lives separately.
Please consider using your gifts and talents on a GO InterNational medical team. You will be able to join in each evening with your own stories of seeing God at work through you and your teamates in amazing ways as you minister to the whole person.