Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Isaiah 52:7-10
Key Verse: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7
Have you ever considered that God might be calling you to be a missionary, not just a gospel-giving missionary, but a medical missionary?
Ellen White writes, “We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work” (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 455).
To be honest, I had read this passage many times but for some reason had not really taken the message to heart personally. However, about a year ago my fiancé (who is now my husband) opened my eyes to the fact that this passage is for all of God’s church, including me.
As we studied the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy more, and as we became more aware of the many sick around us, whom we had no idea how to help, we recognized that it was time we get some medical missionary training.
It wasn’t as if we weren’t already active in service. We were very involved in giving Bible studies, leading prayer groups, traveling, speaking, and giving presentations on different topics. And this intensified when we became a married couple. But God convicted us that we were missing one of the most important aspects of ministry: being properly trained and equipped as “medical missionaries” in order to help others physically as well as spiritually. So this spring of 2015, we took a leap of faith, left everything behind in Germany, and came to attend a medical missionary training school here in the United States.
We’ve learned that becoming a medical missionary isn’t complicated. Anyone can learn, even if they have no medical background. This is so important because in the future, medical missionary work may be the only way we are able to witness to others.
In the book Evangelism Ellen White writes that “soon there will be no work done in ministerial lines but medical missionary work. . . . You will never be ministers after the gospel order till you show a decided interest in medical missionary work, the gospel of healing and blessing and strengthening” (p. 523).
In yet another place we are told, “Medical missionary work is the pioneer work of the gospel, the door through which the truth for this time is to find entrance to many homes. God’s people are to be genuine medical missionaries, for they are to learn to minister to the needs of both soul and body. . . . As they go from house to house they will find access to many hearts. Many will be reached who otherwise never would have heard the gospel message” (Counsels for the Church, p. 308).
Just imagine how much more powerful our witness will be if we not only feed people spiritually but also alleviate their suffering. How many more hearts will be opened to the gospel?
Just as God has challenged us, we also challenge you to pray and ask Him how you can become a “medical missionary.” How can you serve the hurting and suffering of your communities? May God help us all become His hands and feet to those who need hope and healing!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Lord, thank You for showing us how to reach people’s hearts. Thank You for Jesus, who was the best and greatest medical missionary of all times. And thank You for all the simple, natural remedies that You have provided for us to use. Thank You for calling us to being coworkers with You to alleviate suffering and pain and bring people closer to You! Teach us, Father, how to minister to souls as Jesus did. Teach us how to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Help us to be missionaries after Your own heart! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
By Raluca Ril
(To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)