Jim Ritchie

Helping medical missionaries of all nationalities thrive in the challenges of cross-cultural medicine. - SVP Longevity Project, MedSend

In Person Virtual

Navigate the Moral Minefield of Healthcare Missions

  • Breakout Session
  • Main Building ED 280
  • November 10 2023 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The experience of healthcare missionaries is very different from most other missionaries such as bible translators and church planters. Healthcare missionaries are commonly confronted with life-and-death dilemmas, overwhelming desperate need, cross-cultural conflicting values, and great suffering. Healthcare missionaries are often powerfully burdened by moral injury, which can contribute to burnout and a sense of failure. But some healthcare missionaries have learned how to thrive in the midst of this burden. We will share what we have learned about the powerful methods that have proven to be supportive of effective, healthy service and a life of spiritual growth and vitality.