Short Term Missions in the "Spiritually Darkest" areas of the world are becoming a challenge as access is being denied to western missionaries. The Lord has provided a model to equip indigenous believers with medical skills that will provide opportunities to share the Gospel. These believers know their language and culture that allow access to evangelize and transform communities in the name of Christ. Dr. Tom McKechnie founder of Teach To Transform and Kingspride Hammond founder of Alabaster Project in Ghana will discuss the impact of this model as an evangelical tool.
According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in the U.S., 27.1 percent of years lived with disability (YLDs) are caused by mental and behavioral disorders. In other words, we are continually interacting with individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities within our local communities, including our churches. The Bible tells us that “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor” (1 Corinthians 12: 2-23), yet these “less honorable” individuals are often missing from our communities, if not ignored and rejected altogether by local churches. This presentation will look at mental health and disability from a biblical perspective and discuss the ways the Lord uses mental health and disability for His glory. We will share challenges and joys in helping and treating individuals with mental health and disability. We will share the spiritual lessons the Lord has taught us through our work as Christian health professionals in our respective work places. We hope to raise awareness of mental health and disability and to encourage and challenge fellow Christians.
In this breakout we will discuss the obstacles to empowering excellence in nursing in resource limited areas and provide evidence based and accepted guideline methods to promote excellence in nursing. We will share experiences in working with nursing and nursing education in developing countries.
Bonded labor is still a massive issue in the Subcontinent and despite all the technological advancements in the field of brick making, in Pakistan and India, still the centuries-old skill of manual brick making is used. The laborers are paid very less and are totally deprived of not only the health facilities and clean water but also the gospel. They don't know the Lord and they are bound to work regardless of the work conditions. We are working with the unreached groups like these in Pakistan and we exclusively share the good news of Christ's love with them through medicine and health care education. God has given me the burden to take my family medicine practice and skill of public health out in the remote areas of Pakistan to reach out to these unreached and untouched people who are neglected not only by the society but also the so-called top most Christian leadership of the country. We have seen excellent results as not only improved health status but also people being won for Christ.
Whether or not they should, tens of thousands of Muslims from diverse corners of the Muslim world are transferring allegiance from Mohammed and the Qur’an to Messiah Jesus and His Kingdom ... while still identifying themselves as Muslims. You'll meet many of them. Taking your medical skills to the Muslim World? What's your objective? Healthy Orthodoxic Christian Converts who ascribe to our Creeds? Healthy Orthodoxic and Orthopraxic Believers (some still remain in the fold of Islam) who transfer their allegiance to the Son of God and live/obey all He commands? It's easy to focus on the former and pay too little attention to the latter. You'll learn of Insider Movements of "Muslim Believers" who focus on both.