If an unexpected medical issue arose for you or a loved one, what would race through your mind? Would worry or fear of the unknown take over? What if there were no hospitals or medical facilities nearby? Those feelings could be feelings of hopelessness.
Access to medical care means so much to people around the world by providing hope to those who may be dealing with very difficult situations. Even more than physical hope, medical care can be a tool to share God’s love and offer spiritual and physical healing.
I recently visited AMG International’s St. Luke’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece. In the most recent report, they saw more than 7,000 patients in one month — a record. All of those patients were worried because of a medical issue they were dealing with, and there they found the St. Luke’s staff tangibly demonstrating the love of Christ to them. The staff eased the patients’ fears and while at the hospital, they had the opportunity to learn about the One who can bring eternal healing. “The treatment by all the staff,” writes one patient, “is the same as how I imagine treatment from Luke, the doctor of the Bible, would be.”
Dr. Demosthenis Katsarkas, AMG’s Director of St. Luke’s Hospital, often likes to say that when people are healthy, their gaze is directed horizontally, but when they are sick and laying on the hospital bed, their gaze is directed vertically, toward heaven. They are often much more receptive and open to spiritual truths, and at St. Luke’s, as well as our other medical facilities around the world, we have the opportunity to share those truths with those who are hurting and suffering.
Some of our medical facilities in Uganda, Guatemala, and Haiti are in places where no other medical care is readily available. Thousands of sick individuals come to us each month looking for physical help. We can offer care to them in the name of Jesus, and often they leave us having found help for eternity in addition to healing for this life.
When you support our medical ministries, sometimes you are reaching individuals who have nowhere else to turn, like the leprosy victims in India. The stigma of the disease sometimes means we are the only ones willing to offer them help, and with your support, we do just that. You also help train much-needed medical professionals like our students attending AMG’s nursing school in Bugongi, Uganda. In that
country, there is only one nurse for every 5,000 people. Our AMG-trained nurses can impact entire communities and advance God’s Kingdom in tangible ways that are desperately needed.
With your help, we will continue to touch people’s bodies and souls through our medical ministries, following the example of Jesus. He set the standard of ministering to the whole person, and today we are doing the same.