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What The World Needs Right Now

When we landed in our target country a few weeks ago, the word “pandemic” still seemed like a remote possibility that elicited varied responses. From calm reassurance to outright mockery that this could ever get that far, everyone had an opinion. What a difference a few weeks make. We set out to Africa as first time long-term, full-time missionaries. During our travel we saw a few m...

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Seeing God In Action Through COVID-19 Eyes

My wife Wannee went to the Philippines on Leap Year Day. Why would she want to go there, especially with coronavirus on the horizon? So that she, an OMF short-term worker coordinator, could see some highlights of integrated (holistic) outreach there in a two-week period. Short-term-worker coordinators there and new friends took her on an amazing journey to see outreach in three parts of the cou...

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Rallying Call Christian Health Care Workers: Perspective And Response For COVID-19

We watched it grow. At first, it was pretty distant unless you live in China, or specifically in Wuhan. It increased in size and its impact travelled before it. Eventually, it was declared a pandemic and its blow thundered across the nations, globally. It’s no longer business as usual all over the world, in every sector, including the church. We are in disaster response status. As Chri...

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A Healthcare Student’s Role During The COVID-19 Pandemic

This week reminds me of the days in the 1980s when I worked in Africa. It was the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. I worked in a rural hospital and school of nursing in a tropical rain forest. I was uninformed about HIV/AIDS. Nursing students continued to care for patients with resistant tuberculosis and ‘wasting syndrome.’ Blood samples were collected and hand-carried in a thermos...

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Always By Prayer

Many of you are sheltered in your homes. Others are cut off from loved ones in distant countries. Plans for travel have changed. Many of you have family and friends who have lost their jobs and income because of COVID-19. The Lord is not unaware of all these realities. At a time like this, it can be tempting to wonder if the Lord is hearing and answering our prayers. We know He does, but ...

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So What Now?

You’ve been dreaming of serving in missions and preparing for it. Now with COVID-19, everything is on hold. Or is it? What seems like harm for our community could also turn out to be for our good. How can we take advantage of this time right now? We’d like to share a few practical things you can be doing now to prepare to launch into missions soon after travel restrictions are lifte...

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A Pharmacist’s Perspective On COVID-19

As one of the nation’s most accessible healthcare professionals – drop by anytime, no appointment necessary – I’m grateful for the individual and collective commitment that pharmacists have in supporting the well-being of our communities during such troubling times. In times of uncertainty, fear, and confusion, it is also encouraging to witness the sincere collaboration ...

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Flourishing as medical mission workers begins at home

Being a missionary is not easy. So many head for the field with dreams. Yet a staggering number of medical mission workers end up with their dreams dashed, their plans gone awry.

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Priorities For Healthcare Missions Workers In Resource-Poor Areas In The Midst Of COVID-19

Following are key priorities for healthcare in resource-poor areas, with actionable suggestions that address missional areas of: Growth in Christ Integration of Faith and Practice of Faith Building Teams that Include the Church Development of Local Leaders Preventive Practices: Hygiene/Handwashing In communicating the importance of hygiene—and specifi...

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How Telemedicine Is Impacting The Fight Against COVID-19

In my fifteen years in the telemedicine industry, this is certainly the most unique time I have encountered. By virtue of our client telemedicine consultations, we are quite literally seeing the public deal with the COVID-19 virus both physically and mentally. People are sick and wondering if they have the virus. People are scared and dealing with anxiety. From phone, to video, to online me...

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