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Waiting for Light in Burundi

By Rick Allen | December 3, 2019 |

by Dr. Eric McLaughlin, Serge family medicine physician and MedSend grant recipient (republished from the blog at serge.org) One of the great things about the church calendar is the annual reminder of things that we need reminding of. The current pre-Christmas season of Advent reminds us of many things, but particularly for me, it is…

A Mother’s Hope

By Rick Allen | October 30, 2019 |

“In this society, a woman’s entire value is wrapped up in her ability to bear children. If she doesn’t have kids it is grounds for divorce legally and so a lot of women are very desperate when they come to me.” Dr. Rachel McLaughlin, a Serge missionary and MedSend grant recipient, serves as an obstetrician-gynecologist…

So That None Should Perish

By Rick Allen | October 24, 2019 |

by Pauline Kilroy*, MedSend grant recipient As a child, I took God’s commission for all to go and make disciples of all nations literally and as a command for me to physically go. (Matthew 28:19-20) As a nurse studying the life of Jesus and how He served has been inspirational to me. Jesus preached, but…

Celebrating the Wins

By Rick Allen | October 14, 2019 |

by Dr. Andrea Parker, MedSend Surgeon serving in Kenya Working as a surgeon at Tenwek is difficult. Our patients often wait to seek treatment until the illness or disease has been going on for some time or until symptoms become unbearable. The advanced state of disease makes it less likely we can do much to…

John’s Story

By Rick Allen | June 21, 2019 |

By Carson Abrams*, MedSend grant recipient serving in North Africa John* has been coming to therapy for years.  He has severe cerebral palsy and requires assistance for every component of living – he is unable to sit up on his own, feed himself, or turn himself over in bed.  He will always require care from…

The History of Healthcare Missions

By medsendmarcomm | June 7, 2019 |

Have you ever wondered about the origins of modern medical missions? It began with Peter Parker, an American physician, in 1834. Parker was the first modern-day full-time medical missionary to China and was one of the very few foreigners to get invited inland. Foreigners were not allowed to mingle with Chinese people. In 1835 Parker…

Why?

By Rick Allen | May 31, 2019 |

By Will Copeland, MedSend Neurosurgeon serving in Kenya “Why?”  That’s the most common question we’ve been asked during our time back stateside these last few months.   Not “What have you been doing?” but “Why did you do it? Why did you just spend two years after residency in Kenya?  And why are you going back?” “Who am I that I…

Body of Christ

By Rick Allen | May 15, 2019 |

by Dr. Sheryl Uyeda, MedSend Surgeon serving in Papua New Guinea So often we think of a missionary as a lone ranger, going to far-off places, blazing trails where no one has ever been before. Perhaps some pioneer missionaries fit this description, but most of the missionaries I know today are part of a team.…

“If you can find a Christian.”

By Rick Allen | April 29, 2019 |

Only twenty-six years old, Tamar* suddenly found herself dying of renal failure. Getting medical help was problematic because Tamar lived a three days journey into the mountains. Her family was able to bring her to a city, however, and Tamar began dialysis for her failing kidneys. Unfortunately, the underlying condition remained. Tamar visited Hindu priests…

New Beginnings in Kenya

By Rick Allen | April 29, 2019 |

written by Mike Ganey, MedSend pediatric surgeon serving in Kenya I want to tell you a story. But first, let me give a disclaimer. I am still learning how to tell stories about children at Tenwek Hospital.  Mostly I’ve avoided doing so – as I want to protect the children and their families (rightly so).…

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