When the MedSend board envisioned and launched our National Scholars program less than a decade ago, we prayed for these four distinct outcomes: Increase the number of highly trained and qualified doctors in the regions we support The newly trained national doctors would stay in areas of high need and deliver medicine to their people …Read More
“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…Read More
“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…Read More
This young boy has suffered 10 years of massive abdominal distention because of an inadequate childhood operation. As a result, he has been unable to live normally or go to school. MedSend grant recipient Jason Axt and his surgical team at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya will work to reverse this damage and get this…Read More
Low-Resource Environments Take Their Toll If a child falls ill during the planting season in Zambia, Ethiopia, parents have a difficult decision to make. Do they continue planting so they can feed their entire family and pray the child recovers–or do they stop their work and travel a far distance to take their child to…Read More
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…Read More
“Because of you, someone will be born again. Because of you, better healthcare will be delivered to a very poor person and respect and dignity will be given back to that patient in that rural place. Because you provided and you sent me to school.” –Dr. Belyse Arakaza, MedSend National Scholar Dr. Belyse Arakaza,…Read More
“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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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