KFUO Radio’s Andy Bates talks with Deaconess Melissa DeGroot and Tracy Quaethem, manager, LCMS Life and Health Ministries, about the domestic Mercy Medical Team event scheduled for Aug. 25-29, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
The most well-intentioned gifts, given in the wrong way, often end up hurting the recipient, the community, and the local church.
This issue of Lutherans Engage the World tells stories of witness and mercy — particularly the ongoing work through the church and in the home where “trees” are watered and then naturally bear merciful fruit.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod sends Mercy Medical Teams (MMT) — comprised of medical personnel, clergy and hardworking laypeople from the United States — to provide medical care to people living in remote areas of the world.
The Community Health Education (CHE) offered by LCMS Mercy Medical Teams is just as important as the clinical work that we provide. Through education, many conditions and diseases can be prevented, decreasing the need for medical care and improving the health of our partners.
The need for healthcare and education internationally is enormous, and the MMT program will continue to walk alongside our international partners to help meet this need. However, that same need exists right here in the United States as well.
KFUO Radio host Andy Bates talks with Tracy Quaethem and volunteers about LCMS Mercy Medical Teams. Quaethem, of LCMS Life and Health Ministries, shares details about the program, and past participants share personal stories from serving in Madagascar, Kenya and other underserved regions.
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.
Be watching for upcoming projects and opportunities for Health Ministry in Latin and South America, and please pray for the growing Lutheran churches in Chile, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and the rest of Latin and South America.
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.
The LCMS serves throughout the world, sharing the love of Christ in word and deed. Mercy medical teams (MMTs) are an effective example of this rich outpouring of the Gospel combined with service, as shown recently by the MMT that served alongside the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya in June.
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.