IMB meeting health care needs

Then He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:2 NIV)

Health care missions fills a key strategic role in taking the good news to the unreached peoples of the world. Where doors are closed to many others, health care professionals have unique opportunities to care, share, make disciples and empower the church.

Health care strategy

Health care has always been at the heart of Southern Baptist global missions, from 1846 right down to the present day. Traditional mission hospitals still play a significant role in Southern Baptist mission strategy, but the central focus today lies with outpatient clinics and primary health care in remote areas. Southern Baptist missionaries also leverage their training and skills in the various health care disciplines to help educate a new generation of indigenous workers around the world. To learn the ABCs of our strategy, click here.

Are you available and ready?

Your first step toward involvement, individually or as a church, is to make yourself available and ready to respond to God's direction. You can become informed about health care needs and identify opportunities to use your skills in strategic ways. God may give you a burden to pray. God may call you to a career overseas, serving on a team that shares Christ and starts churches alongside national partners. Or the Lord may direct you to go as a volunteer for a shorter term, either as an individual or as part of a team.

To connect with someone about getting involved, email


Do you have a heart to pray for health care missions? Click here to view prayer needs.

Special events

Special events are sponsored by the IMB on a regular basis to help you discover God’s plan for you in health care missions. For information about the current schedule, visit: Click to view "Save the Date" fliers on our next MM1D event and MedAdvance 2016.

Volunteer opportunities

Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities.

Stories from around the world

Zambia: Will Jesus forgive the witch and prostitute?

 ZAMBIA — Katherine brought her son to a medical clinic in Mawawa. The boy was treated with medications and IVs by IMB missionary Melissa Frady and the clinic staff, but because of the seriousness of his condition, he was moved to a hospital.

Weeks later Frady and a volunteer spent time evangelizing in Mawawa. They presented the gospel and conducted a prayer time. Several people decided to put their faith in Jesus as their Savior.

One lady stood up and said, “I am a witch, a prostitute and I sell beer. Will Jesus forgive me?” The team told her yes, that Jesus would forgive her.

Afterward she went up to Frady, asking if the missionary remembered her. 

“You helped my son at the clinic, and here he is. He is well,” Katherine said. Katherine committed her life to Christ, and the women praised God together for all He had done. 

The medical project in Mawawa recorded more than 1,100 professions of faith and opened up three new teaching areas. In addition, medicines that otherwise would not be available helped treat villagers and several life-threatening conditions were identified. 

Pharmacist shares personal story of redemption

 A young pharmacist overcomes her own health struggle to take good news to Central Asia’s unreached. Read more

Helping the disabled make new lives for themselves

Helping the disabled make new lives for themselves

Life has not been easy for Sabal Pathak.* Born with cerebral palsy, Pathak, 18, lives with his family in a rural village outside Bangalore, India. Although he is mentally alert and highly sociable, Pathak's severe deformities make life very difficult.

Well project brings 'healing water' to western Zambia

In western Zambia, Global Hunger Relief resources financed a well project that is blessing more than 4,000 people and has brought the good news of God’s love to hundreds. Read more by clicking here.

Healing, new life in a refugee camp

By Ariana Castro Acuña

KAMPALA, Uganda — Her sweet smile made IMB missionary Curt Iles forget to ask what made her a child with special needs. Adeit, a little girl from South Sudan, instantly captured his heart when he was visiting Alere Refugee Camp in Uganda.

Adeit belongs to the Dinka people, a group that Iles and his wife, Dede, are trying to reach with the Gospel. Because the different camps provide refuge to a multitude from various people groups, including the Dinka, Nuer, Madi and Kuku, the Ileses have had the opportunity to visit thousands of refugees who have left South Sudan.

After a week of visiting several camps and witnessing “enough to break any heart,” as Iles writes in his blog, they came to Alere Refugee Camp. There, they met Adeit, a quiet, 9-year-old girl who is quick to offer a smile, and noticed that her foot faced backward. Iles handed her a box of UNO cards and took a photo of her, but the impact she made on his heart was much greater than a game of cards. The missionary could not stop thinking about her and found himself looking at her photo every day.

Soon, Iles met Joel Vanderford, a doctor with Samaritan’s Purse, who told him about the work of a hospital nearby. Vanderford explained that the hospital did rehabilitation work at no cost for children with physical problems and that the only charge would be for transportation and lodging. Adeit received the medical attention she needed and underwent two surgeries; her foot now faces forward. Iles says he fully expects her to start running foot races soon.

Because of the relationship that leaders from Alere Baptist Church had with Adeit and her family, as well as their concern for Adeit’s handicap, the family members were also led to personal relationships with Christ.

“They made a statement of faith through the pre-trip visit of Pastor Joseph Anyovi,” says Iles, referring to the trip the family took to the hospital.

Today, God is using Adeit’s story to reach others in the camp with the Good News of Jesus. Iles says that because of the miracle that was performed on Adeit’s foot, her family has come down to witness it for themselves, and God has received all the glory in the process.

“Not only is it her story, but it’s God’s story,” Iles said. “His hand has been all over the journey to bring her to this point.”

Ariana Castro Acuña served as a summer intern at IMB.

Migrant factory workers find hope through healthcare

While much has been reported about the working conditions of East Asian factories like Nike and Dell, much less has been written about the hope Christian workers are bringing to factory workers through community health training or CHT.

“CHT equips Christian workers and local believers with basic healthcare principles and skills,” explains project director Sally Kennedy.* “This approach allows us to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of factory workers.”

Migrant factory workers are usually uneducated and lack knowledge about basic health care, Kennedy explains. As a result, illnesses that reduce worker productivity are common as are boredom-fueled alcohol and tobacco addictions. In addition, many workers are not “residents” of the city and do not have access to affordable health care or other social services.

CHT helps address these issues by working with factory owners to offer on-site medical clinics. In 2013, funding from Global Hunger Relief (formerly the World Hunger Fund) allowed CHT workers to hold medical clinics in 10 large factories where CHT teams treated more than 1,000 workers.

 Health care missions: biblical, Southern Baptist, strategic

Healthcare professionals and students from across the United States came together to learn how IMB is active in health care missions, how health care strategies are being used to share the Gospel across the world and how they can get involved. Scott Holste, IMB vice president for global strategic mobilization, stressed why IMB is dedicated to health care missions: “It’s the biblical thing to do… it’s the Southern Baptist thing to do… and it’s the strategic thing to do.” Read more by clicking here


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