Imagine you have an infection on your foot. You contracted it because you have no shoes and the parasites have started eating away at the flesh on your feet. You’re in so much pain it’s hard to think straight. You need medical treatment, but since you don’t have a means for transportation, your only option to get help is to walk to the doctor.
Not on sidewalks and smooth, paved streets, but over sticks, rocks, and dirt with the infection on your feet screaming at you with each step.
To get to your doctor you don’t have the option to call an Uber or a cab. You cant call up your mom or your son for a lift. You cant even call an ambulance. You have to walk. That’s your one and only option for the medical care you so desperately need and have the right to!
Oh, and when I say walk, I don’t mean a block or two, or even a mile or two. How about a day or two journey to get to a doctor or a hospital? How doable does that sound in the kind of pain you are in?
This is where Mission Partners for Christ comes in. We bring the treatment to the patient. We come to their village because often it’s impossible for them to get to the doctor under their conditions. If they are to the point of needing medical care, they are beyond the point of being able to make the journey to the proper treatment that exists only at the hospitals.
What we offer through our ministry could be considered a house call from 2000 thousand miles away. We love people. All People. And we believe with our whole hearts that they deserve to have their physical needs met along with the spiritual.
With this being a new year, it’s always a good time to set intentions for how the Lord can use you to impact the world.
We wanted to set some intentions for the new year and hope you will join us in making at least one of the suggestions below a goal for 2019!
1. I will spend quiet time praying for the nations.
“The only condition that is to give worldwide power to this Gospel is prayer, and the spread of this Gospel will depend on prayer. The energy that is to give it marvelous momentum and conquering power over all its malignant and powerful foes is the energy of prayer.” – E. M. Bounds
Thank God for how He is working in the nations –“How awesome is the Lord most High, the great King is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:2, 8).
Pray for unity in the body of Christ –“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
Pray for revival among God’s people – “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).
Pray for governmental and spiritual leaders –“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Pray that God’s people will walk in holiness and obedience –“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Pray for the fear of the Lord – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).
Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Pray that the Church will reach out to the poor, needy and imprisoned –“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).
Pray for the salvation of the lost –“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Pray that God will use children and youth mightily for His glory – “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’” (Matthew 11:25).
Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards –“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place –“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them” (Psalm 119:129).
Pray that Houses of Prayer and worship will start in every major city in your nation – “These will I bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).
Pray that God’s people will know how to effectively wage spiritual warfare – “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(Ephesians 6:10-11).
Pray the promises of God in His Wordover the nations –“The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory” (Psalm 102:15).
Praying for the nations has rewards that will endure throughout all eternity. This may be one of the most strategic things we ever do. One day we will worship God around the throne in heaven with people from every tribe and tongue and nation (Revelation 5:9).
We will then realize the value of every prayer we prayed for a nation while we were on the earth. Are you willing today to pray daily for your nation? Are you willing to invest your time in a task that is so rewarding?
2. I will find a missionary to support.
There are many missionaries and so many of them could use more support. Consider committing to supporting a missionary whether financially or through prayer. Get on their email list for prayer updates or make a monthly contribution! Pray and allow God to put on your heart the best way to offer your support to a missionary this year.
3. I will learn about an unreached people group and find ways to support their needs.
Did you know there are still people groups in the world who are unreached when it comes to The Gospel? Work towards finding out more about these people groups and pray about ways you can support their needs.
4. I will get to know internationals in my area and grow in my knowledge of their culture.
There are locals in your area who are internationals. Get to know them! Ask them about their culture and grow your knowledge this year! Take steps towards friendship with those who are different than you and widen your lens to be more like that of Christ’s and the way He sees the world!
5. I will memorize the Great Commission.
Memorize the following scripture: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 2and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20
6. I will get involved in my church’s outreach programs.
Serve your communities and those around the world by getting involved in your church’s outreach program. If your church doesn’t have one, find out how you can partner your church with another local church! It’s important to be reaching out and serving those near and far in the name of Christ!
7. I will pray about the possibility of attending a mission’s trip.
Maybe this is your year to join one of our mission’s trips! We want to challenge you to pray about the possibility and encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you might have. We hope you will join us!
Tervicine Delva was a participant in our mission’s trip to Côte d’Ivoire. She shared the following testimony on her Facebook page:
“Still on a high from my trip to Côte d’Ivoire. When our buses arrived at the first village where we served, the people said: ‘You actually came.’ One of the villagers said that in three generations, there had been no change in the village. His grandfather, father and him lived the same routines, same traditions, same mindsets.
I’ve been praying that new things, new thoughts, new traditions, new outcomes will begin in these areas as a result of our visit.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19
Do you know what three generations of change looks like? It looks like ME! My grandparents grew up in similar conditions to what I saw in these villages. I showed my dad pictures and videos of the school children singing songs…he knew the words, he sang along with them. He was them!
I’m forever grateful for my parents who work so hard to provide opportunities that they never had. I AM LIVING MY WILDEST DREAMS. I am evidence of what change and hope looks like generations later!
A beautiful outcome of this trip has been that there, in fact, WAS change! Many people accepted Jesus in the village of Atakassikoro. They asked our national partners to start (and build) a church in the village, and we couldn’t be more excited! God is working!
There are many wonderful things about mission trips. If there wasn’t, we wouldn’t do what we do! However, sometimes people get things wrong about mission trips. We want to shed light on these things so three misconceptions can be put to rest.
1. Mission trips fix people.
Mission trips aren’t for fixing people. Sure, spiritual seeds are planted and physical needs are met. But “fixing” is the wrong mindset. Fixing makes it sound like the people on the mission’s trip have the power, and that’s not the case.
We are all created equally and loved equally by God. And any “fixing” comes from Him alone. The people met on these trips aren’t helpless. They may need help in certain areas, but they have dignity and something to offer the world as well. A Savior complex is dangerous. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus through serving, not fixing.
2. We will hear God’s call when it’s time.
How many times do we sit around and wait to hear God’s call before we act? We think we will hear an audible voice tell us it’s time to go on a mission’s trip, and we wait around until then. But this isn’t the way God typically chooses to speak to us.
Sometimes it’s a nudge in our heart when we hear a speaker at church. Other times it’s Him bringing you to this blog page to plant the seed in your heart for missions. There are many different ways, so don’t ignore God’s prompting because you are waiting for an audible confirmation that it’s time to go on a mission’s trip. Look for God in the other ways He moves in your life and then spend time in prayer.
3. Everyone should go.
Though we are all to serve in some capacity, serving overseas on a mission’s trip isn’t for everyone. Sometimes people are called to give financially or called to support in prayer. It’s important not to pressure everyone to feel a certain way about missions. We are the body of Christ and each part of the body plays a different yet equally important role. Instead of telling others to join you, ask them how they feel God leading them towards missions and then present the different ways they can help.
What are some additional ways people get mission’s trips wrong? We would love to debunk any additional myths as well!
“Share your food with everyone who is hungry; share your home with the poor and homeless. Give clothes to those in need; don’t turn away your relatives” —Isaiah 58:7
The Bible talks a lot about caring for the poor. It is a reflection of God’s heart to meet the needs of His children. So how do we as Christians take care of the poor?
Here are three ways to get you started:
1. View all of humanity as equal.
“Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all” —-Proverbs 22:2
God knew that when darkness entered the world because of humanity’s fall, there would be inequality among us. He loves His children and wanted to be sure we are taken care of, so he commanded us to view each other as equals despite our material possessions. We were all created by God and we are to use what we have been given to care for those in need — not because we are better than but because God blesses so that we can bless others. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and are to love like Him.
2. Do more than just give money.
Giving directly to people in need is helpful, but what can be more helpful is to give to trustworthy organizations who can meet the needs of the poor in the best ways because that’s what they do on a day to day basis. Often, organizations will give the poor opportunities to get them out of their situation such as schooling, training, or even assistance with job searching. This will leave a longlasting impact and is the best use of your finances.
Another way to help more than just financially is volunteering. Volunteer locally with your church’s mission outreach team or join a mission’s team that serves the poor internationally! To learn more about the importance of doing more than just giving money directly to the poor, read our blog post about when helping hurts.
3. Give them a voice.
The Lord asks us to fight against injustice. Use your voice to spread the word about the issues facing the poor and the organizations that do good for those in need! Everyone has a voice, but not all are heard. Stand alongside those who need to be heard.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression.” –Isaiah 1:17
If you feel a call to jump in and help the poor whether it’s poor financially, physically or poor in spirit, we would love to connect you with our mission and talk about ways you can help us meet needs around the world! Connect with us here.
Access to health care is something many people take advantage of in Western countries. We don’t realize that though health care can always be improved, we are fortunate to have the number of doctors for the number of people that we do.
In an article from World Atlas, there is a chart that shows the countries with the fewest doctors per millions of people. You can see the results in the chart below:
The article said: “In Liberia, the worst case presented on this list, there are essentially ten doctors for every million people. As you move down the list, Guinea fares little better, at 100 physicians per million people. In contrast, high-income OECD countries, like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, boast figures closer to 3,000 doctors per million people.”
Though these countries are some of the poorest in the world, they still deserve quality and accessible healthcare! But because they are some of the poorest in the world, the resources are few. Education and training are harder to come by, and for those who do gain access to training, there are few resources to do their job well and the financial benefits are nowhere near what they would be if they worked in another country. According to the British Medical Journal, “African countries have lost about $2.6 billion dollars training doctors who are now living in western countries. A staggering 25 to 50 percent of African-born doctors are working overseas.” This statistic is devastating the health care in the countries who are losing their trained physicians.
For those doctors who do stay in African countries, many serve those who can afford their services. So there is a service discrepancy where the majority of people in the country are not receiving the care they desperately need. There are major consequences to the service discrepancy that are affecting many. There are women who suffered childbirth complications who never receive help. There are men, women, and children who struggle with lifelong disease or pain that could be cured or treated if they could only receive the help that they need. There are also many preventable diseases that affect those people who are unable to get vaccinations or aren’t educated on proper prevention.
When asked about what can be done to improve healthcare in African countries, WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said, “Countries should strengthen the leadership and governance of health sectors to gain the confidence of all stakeholders. Governments should be more innovative in raising revenues from domestic sources and ensuring that all of their populations have access to essential health services. They should also improve the quality of health services and the safety of patient and health workers, and build partnerships with civil society and other partners in order to expand access. Investing in district and community health systems should be a priority that can contribute towards universal health coverage”
Another way to help is by supporting organizations like Mission Partners for Christ in sending trained physicians into places that would otherwise not have access to healthcare. We may not be able to help all, but we can still help many with each and every trip we take.
You can help support what we do to make a difference: