by Dr. Tom
The love and compassion of the Gospel is different from the sounds of fear and anxiety created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The love of Christ can be heard above the sounds of worry and gives hope that transcends our understanding of a worldly view. It can be as simple as a whisper of loving-kindness that drowns out the noise of despair, isolation, and hopelessness.
The storm that we are facing has us reflecting on the uncertainty of the things we put our trust in—jobs, health, or financial position. How do we bring more to the Kingdom in such trying times when we can’t leave our homes?
We are all on the biblical timeline as our heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11:38, and our mission has not changed. Our mission as the body of Christ is to be a ray of light that gives hope and calm in the storm, at home and globally. God is performing miracles every day through those around us if we could only see through the eyes
What is our global strategy to continue working on expanding the Kingdom of God in times like this?
It seems to me that Jesus’s model of medical missions is apparent in his answer to John the Baptist when he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the one. Jesus answered John’s question in Luke 7:22, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”
Christ clearly links compassion through health care to sharing the good news.
The question then becomes, how the Global North continues to support the Global South when they are faced with severe persecution or a medical crisis like the pandemic of COVID-19 and allow them to still be the beautiful feet of Christ.
Have we limited our brothers and sisters who live in these dark spiritual places with limited access to medical care by our approach to missions that creates dependency?
Through divine appointments, Teach To Transform, and other like- minded organizations have been blessed by a mission to empower national leaders with necessary medical skills to open doors for the Gospel. Who better to evangelize than a national pastor or evangelist who knows the language, the culture, and can witness long after we leave, breaking the cycle of dependency on the Global North?
During a large medical camp, I had a divine appointment with a mother who gently handed her baby to me that had died during the night from a respiratory illness. What could we have done so this mother would have recognized signs of respiratory distress sooner? We have seen this scenario repeated over and over, mothers and babies dying during childbirth, starving, and dehydration in refugee camps, and the list goes on.
What is the answer?
In trying to make sense of this, we saw hope by empowering indigenous believers with medical skills to show compassion and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through medical care.
We have seen a glimpse of Heaven through training courageous national evangelists.
Here comes Heaven,
when we see Christ in the passion of Christians who travel six days on the Amazon River to get to our training.
Here comes Heaven,
when men and women travel days out of the Himalayan Mountains or Indian evangelists facing severe persecution come to be trained because of their passion for sharing the love of Christ.
Here comes Heaven,
When followers of Christ in Sub-Saharan Africa boldly face torture or death to love one another in the name of Christ.
We have seen national evangelists trained in medical skills working throughout the world for the Kingdom despite our inability to go. Let’s not go quietly to heaven. Give the gift of your medical skills to empower nationals to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth.