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 this month's 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 the IMB Events page. 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

Seeds of truth

 From a rural area in northern Africa, a distraught father was trying to find help for his little girl. She had a grain of wheat stuck deeply in her ear. Unable to find a public clinic that had a working otoscope or to wait months for an appointment at the private clinic, he drove two hours to take the child to the foreign doctor. Finally he found her. Quickly the doctor retrieved the grain of wheat from the little girl’s ear. The father was elated and invited the doctor and her family to his home. When the day arrived, the doctor’s husband found himself sitting among the men sharing Jesus. While the ladies were cooking, the doctor shared with them. The seed that was planted in the ear of this child led to seeds of Truth being planted deeply in the lives of this family. They saw the love of Christ demonstrated and heard the Good News.  Pray that these seeds and the many sown in this area will bear fruit that remains. 

The first believer in her community

Aunt N was wheeled in to see the missionary doctor. She suffered with with severe rheumatoid arthritis and, despite treatment in many places, her disease became worse. Now she could not walk, stand, or dress herself. The night after being seen in the clinic, as she lay in bed, a bearded man with a cross appeared next to her. When she asked who he was, he identified himself only as “Dad”. He told her to get up and take the medicines from the Christians and she would be healed. On doing so, she experienced immediate relief from pain. She told her family the next morning what had happened and that she would follow the Christian God. She returned to the clinic for her follow up appointment walking and caring for herself. Aunt N lives in a district that never had a church despite years of witness through mobile clinics and home visits. But now Aunt N is the first believer. May the Lord use Aunt N’s faith to begin His church in that place.  

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.



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