As visits are made in the wake of disaster, the mercy and love of Christ are brought again to those who are suffering.
If Lutherans know how to feed people inside the church, should we not also become experts in feeding people outside of the church?
All LCMS students at any university, private or public, who are studying a health-related field, are eligible to apply.
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.
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.
When ordered to produce the “treasures of the Church” to be given to the Roman Emperor, St Lawrence brought the poor before him. For this act, he would be jailed and later executed. Lawrence would be known for hischarity and mercy shown to the least. But how is it that we, who are by nature, sinful and unclean, can be doers of the Word and care for others?
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!
Throughout the LCMS, exciting progress is being made in Disability Ministry! For the past several years, the LCMS Disability Task Force has been focused on efforts in supporting, equipping and developing congregations to be more inclusive of people living with disabilities in our local communities.
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.
Toxins may seep into the water supply of our major cities, just as sin is flowing in deep supply. But the church brings water in mercy for the body and the soul.
Sharon Thomas is a Registered Nurse who has served as a team leader on many LCMS…