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The Longevity Project in Action

June 28, 2023

“Working on the field is difficult. There’s a lot of stress and a lot of poverty and difficult things that happen mixed with a lot of beauty and a lot of joy and a lot of seeing God’s miracles. But this week has felt like a cumulative joy environment.”  Kacie Forrest is a MedSend grant…

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National Scholar Brings HOPE to Mental Health Crisis in Kenya

June 22, 2023

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18  -Theme verse of the Lights of Hope Mental Health Center at AIC Litein Hospital, Litein, Kenya    Kenya’s Mental Health Crisis “Today we officially dedicate the AIC Litein Hospital [Lights of Hope Mental Health Center] to be a…

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Moral Injury and Endurance on the Mission Field

May 15, 2023

“We often are not prepared, we medical missionaries. When we go to the field, we’re not prepared for what we are likely to encounter regarding our role in the incredible demand for our services.”  -Jim Ritchie, MD, Senior Vice President, The Longevity Project    The Toll of Low-Resource Environments Imagine you’ve only practiced medicine in…

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Medicine is Powerful

April 10, 2023

Jim Ritchie, MD, Senior Vice President over MedSend’s Longevity Project, spent 25 years as an emergency medicine doctor in the Navy before retiring and answering the call to be a medical missionary on the continent of Africa. He has practiced medicine in war zones and on the mission field and is acutely aware of what…

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The Gospel Strategy of Compassionate Healthcare

March 8, 2023

“Talk to any pastor in the US and ask them, ‘What would you do with 4000 to 6000 new people per day through the door of your church?’ They would think it was a flight of fancy to imagine something like that,” Jim Ritchie, Senior Vice President, Longevity Project, said with a laugh. “But people…

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Learning to Thrive on the Mission Field

March 2, 2023

Recently we spoke with Dr. Melissa Molsee, a grant recipient serving at Hospital of Hope in Togo, who shared a message of thanks she wants to pass on to her MedSend family.   It’s not unusual for medical missionaries to occasionally receive spiritual support from pastors and other spiritual authorities, but it is uncommon to…

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The Burden of my Heart Pt 3

February 14, 2023

A Message from Rick Allen, MedSend President and CEO   MedSend launches The Longevity Project in spring 2023 My previous messages in this series ( Pt 1 and Pt 2)  detailed the events leading up to the creation of this new program when two separate incidents occurred over 10 years ago. The first was the…

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The Burden of My Heart Pt 2

January 20, 2023

A Message from MedSend President and CEO, Rick Allen   I experienced a transformative moment sitting in a conference room at the Southeast Christian Church, in Louisville, Kentucky. I was attending a session at the Global Mission Healthcare Conference (GMHC) in 2018. The GMHC has been generously sponsored by Southeast Christian Church for many years…

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The Burden of My Heart in 2023

January 5, 2023

A message from Rick Allen, MedSend President and CEO   Happy New Year! The staff at MedSend will be praying for you throughout this new year. We meet every Monday morning as a team to pray for one another, our faithful partners, and the missionaries in the field. If you send us prayer requests, we…

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Choosing Between Moral Injury and Burnout: MedSend Launches a Response to Healthcare Missionary Crisis

November 23, 2022

Identifying The Cause Recently, MedSend sponsored The Healthcare Member Care Leadership Summit where we invited the leaders of the member care departments of our largest healthcare mission sending agency partners to discuss innovative ways to address the challenges healthcare missionaries are facing. Over the last decade MedSend has observed increasing numbers of healthcare missionaries returning…

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