Two Paths to Medical Missions Service
God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways," (Isaiah 55:8). Sometimes God has heavenly purposes we don't see for the earthly circumstances we do see. His ways may include using disease or political upheaval to turn hearts toward eternal things and move people into strategic places of service. God moved two nurses along two unique paths and into medical missions.
Medical Missions: Unsettled Politics Moved Her
Kim* worked in a government hospital for 7 years. In 2020, God called her husband to serve in a mission station reaching an unreached people group. Although she saw the need and agreed that going to the unreached was her husband’s calling, Kim didn’t follow at first. Listen to her testimony:
“I thought it would be great to go with him ... for the work of missions, but I was not brave enough to quit my job. I felt uncomfortable with that decision so I prayed: LORD if it is Your will for me to be in the work of missions, please give me a strong message. As the times passed by, the political situation got worse and I quit my job with thousands of others to join the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). I believe God used this political situation in our country as his way to send me to the missions field. I went to my husband at the mission station and when I arrived I saw many people without Christ and I learned that they have never even heard of Jesus. It touched my heart and confirmed my decision.
During the last couple months, Covid took a lot of pastors and ministers as well as our friends and relatives. This reminds me that human lives are short and our lives are not in our hands. Knowing we have a really short time on earth, I realized that there is nothing more important than doing the LORD’s work. Therefore, I will not go back to my old job as a government staff in the hospital, but serve the LORD: reaching people with the gospel through medical service."
Medical Missions: Unreached People Moved Her
Diane* shares about how God used a conference to redirect her path and her husband to medical missions work.
"It was at the Awakening Gospel Conference 2020 for our group of churches where I heard Missions Director Kim Tang* doing a presentation on the work of missions to the unreached in another region of our country. He said there are a lot of people who have never heard of the gospel and most of them are very poor. Moreover, when they are sick, they just lie in bed without any medication till they get better, which then leads many to death when a simple pill of paracetamol will do the job.
This touched me very much that I prayed continually since then that my husband would also have a heart to go to these people. The LORD answered that prayer, and we left to serve the Lord among the unreached groups. I am so happy to use my skill as a nurse for reaching these people with the powerful gospel. The LORD answered my prayer."
Nurses Kim and Diane serve in the initiative to the unreached. In addition to serving on a special team to reach an Unreached People Group (UPG) with only a handful of believers, they will also help care for 22 missionary families serving in 13 mission stations in this area. (*Pseudonyms used for security sensitivity.)