Jesus demonstrated the primary components of medical mission today: both the healing of those suffering from various diseases and the compassion for the people themselves (Matthew 4.23-25; 9.35-38). Following Jesus’ example, early Christians were counter-cultural—and had an immense impact on the peoples around them. Many centuries later, medical missionaries have continued to deeply influence the lives of the peoples and the cultures where they serve. How has that happened? What does the impact of this change look like in reality? I will share examples from around the world.
On leaving this session, participants will be able to…
Describe the meaning of culture and different aspects of culture.
Describe the impact of medical missions on local people and cultures.
Give some examples of cultural change as a result of the influence of medical missions.