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Meet the MedSend National Scholar: Dr. Stephen Thigu

By Rick Allen / January 14, 2021 /
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The beginning of the new year is symbolic of many things: A fresh start. A clean slate. A time to reflect, renew, and resolve to do better. In this context, we give the word “new” a positive connotation.  As 2020 showed us, just because it was a new year, it didn’t mean that it would…

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The Hope of The Christmas Star

By Rick Allen / December 23, 2020 /
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“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Tonight, when we look up into the night sky, we may be able to witness the “Great Conjunction of 2020.” Jupiter and Saturn will draw…

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Where is the Hope?

By Rick Allen / December 15, 2020 /
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The foundations of humanity seem to be at a point of collapse. However, I am reminded of Matthew 24:6-9: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.… All these are the beginning of birth…

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2020 Charitable Giving: We are a Nation of Givers

By Rick Allen / December 11, 2020 /

Are you ready for the good news from 2020? Collectively, we are doing more, giving more, and praying more. When faced with uncertainty and a worldwide crisis, people are responding in these three ways.  In 2020, we’ve helped our neighbors, increased our charitable giving, and prayed more than ever before. Doing More Increased restrictions on…

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Meet the MedSend National Scholar: Dr. Annette Onyongo

By Rick Allen / December 8, 2020 /

Last year at this time, we were celebrating the graduation of the first MedSend National Scholars from the family medicine residency at Kabarak University. That class of graduates was not only the inaugural class of a new residency program, but it was also the first class wholly sponsored by MedSend.  This fall, amid a global pandemic, we approved six new family medicine residents at Kabarak as MedSend National Scholars. We continue to see how the Holy Spirit is moving through national believers in…

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“Just Breathe:” Missionaries Face COVID-19 Outbreak in Mexico

By Rick Allen / December 5, 2020 /

Willy and Jessee Bustinza are medical missionaries serving in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. They serve in a remote region there with their two young daughters, 3-year-old Lucy and 10-month-old Caroline.  The Bustinzas recently spent time with MedSend during our World Tour event in November, sharing about their experiences over the past year. At the…

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Creation of the MedSend National Scholars Program

By Rick Allen / December 1, 2020 /

This is the second post in a series by MedSend CEO Rick Allen. Read the first post here: Medical Missions are Changing: How Fast Must We Move?  The ambush and martyrdom of Tom Little and eight other healthcare missionaries in 2010 significantly impacted my vision of healthcare missionaries. Their deaths made me realize the potential…

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Turkey, Stuffing & Sick Kids – It Must Be Thanksgiving!

By Rick Allen / November 26, 2020 /

The holiday season often brings a feeling of nostalgia. Along with planning how we are going to celebrate – probably differently – this year, many of us are thinking about how we have celebrated in the past. I’d like to share one of my own stories about how we celebrated fifteen years ago. The whole…

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Whom Will You Thank this Thanksgiving?

By Rick Allen / November 24, 2020 /

Thanksgiving Day has become my favorite holiday. There is no doubt what it stands for. It is built into the name. Santa has co-opted Christmas. The Bunny rules over Easter. But Thanksgiving Day begs the question of giving thanks, but to whom or what? We have dedicated an entire day in our nation to expressing…

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Medical Missions are Changing: How Fast Must We Move?

By Rick Allen / November 23, 2020 /

God does not regularly speak to me in a clear and present way that is unmistakable. There are two times that have stayed with me through the years. One was when I going through a period of intentional surrender. The second was when nine Christian healthcare missionaries were martyred in Afghanistan. The headlines read “The…

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