Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson


Impact of Medical Missions on Culture

Jesus demonstrated the primary components of medical mission today: both the healing of those suffering from various diseases and the compassion for the people themselves (Matthew 4.23-25; 9.35-38). Following Jesus’ example, early Christians were counter-cultural—and had an immense impact on the peoples around them. Many centuries later, medical missionaries have continued to deeply influence the lives of the peoples and the cultures where they serve. How has that happened? What does the impact of this change look like in reality? I will share examples from around the world.


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  • Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD

    Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD

    I like your explanation of "culture" and its similarity with and distinction from "society" -- though they are used interchangeably most of time. And I like the different Levels of Cultures . Very helpful! Actually there are over 100 definitions of culture in the literature. To me, culture(s) are difficult to articulate and define comprehensively, yet they are better felt and experienced personally. Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD