Evangelism is most often a collective effort! Our upcoming mission to La Romana is a great example. Having a doctor on the team means some of our evangelism work will be done in a medical setting. And that illustrates my point.
Medical missions are tremendous opportunities for evangelism but the doctors don’t get to do much of it; or do they? Doctors and/or nurses see patients, then we ask permission to tell them why we are in their country providing medical services. A medical mission often gives us our greatest number of opportunities to share the Gospel simply because so many people will come for medical care. And where do they come? We provide services through local churches. Bringing people into a local church for care and the Gospel is very intentional.
Is the doctor sharing the Gospel or giving medical care? The answer is both. Caring actions validate the spoken Gospel message. Furthermore, we wouldn’t have as many opportunities to share the Gospel if the medical professionals were not on the team. As you can see, evangelism is truly a team effort, but the team is larger than you think!
Vitamins – adult 1-a-day, childrens’ chewable, infant liquid
Topical ointment like Neosporin, Polysporin, Cortizone, Calamine Lotion, Tricalm, etc.
Pain Relievers like Tylenol, Advil, or Alleve
Pepto Bismol tablets (easier to pack), Rolaids, Tums, or Nexium
Rid shampoo or similar product
Eye drops and eye wash
Medical tape (do not need gauze)
We do not need exam gloves
Will you engage and help equip us? You now know the reason for most of the title above. But what about George? The items above are things people can get over-the-counter. We will also need prescription drugs. A doctor can either take these items into the country or we can buy them at local pharmacies once we arrive. What will we need? Dollars! You know George has his picture on those. However, it would really be cool if several pictures of Ben could make the trip with all those pictures of George! Just hit the donate tab and help equip the team. You see, evangelism really is a very collective effort!