Often, the physical healing that we provide opens a door for sharing the Gospel. We don’t always see it happen–mostly it happens long after the team is gone, through the local church partner who diligently follows up with those who were treat at our clinic.
KFUO Radio host Andy Bates talks with Deaconess Grace Rao, director of LCMS Deaconess Ministry, about the deaconess programs in Nigeria and Lithuania.
Bishop Elijah Arok relays his Anglican church body’s interest in gaining a rich and full knowledge of Lutheran theology and one day becoming a Lutheran church body.
Sharon Thomas, a nurse from Belvidere, Ill., has served on 13 LCMS Mercy Medical Teams — and led 11 of those — to provide medical care to underserved people around the globe.
Two new wells in Malawi were made possible by LCMS grants totaling approximately $24,000, and the water is used for baptisms in the Confessional Lutheran Church–Malawi Synod.
Our doctors and nurses couldn’t command the man to rise and walk. They certainly couldn’t forgive his sins. We were, however, able to provide physical relief, and the pastors from the Malagasy Lutheran Church were there to pray with him and minister to him long after our team left. The presence of our team provided the means by which these three men, and their families, could be introduced to God.
We thank God for the work that was accomplished during our trip in Madagascar. I think I speak for the entire team when I say that it was our Malagasy brothers and sisters who served us, rather than the other way around.
The Synod establishes a fund for donations from those who want to help with LCMS mercy ministry and human-care efforts for refugees.
Concordia Lutheran Church in Mozambique — a denomination with 10 congregations and some 1,200 baptized members — ordains its first eight pastors.
No matter what kind of team we send, whether it is primary care, community health education, disaster response, or a combination of the three, there is another kind of care that we include on all of our trips—spiritual care.
Since 2002, Jesus Is Lord Mission donates more than $2.4 million to its only ministry partner — the LCMS.
We don’t know how God will use our presence in the community, but we do know that He uses it abundantly. And thanks be to Him for that!
I’m still not sure how we treat so many patients during our clinics. All I know is that God makes it happen. His hurting people show up, and He uses our team members’ hands, heads, and hearts to heal them, body and soul.
I didn’t always like the food. I wasn’t always clean or comfortable. One of my team members snored. But you know what? It was okay. It was better than okay—it was fantastic.