A New Day for Mission Hospitals

30th May 2021

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Samaritan’s Purse supports 48 Christian mission hospitals in 30 countries – representing millions of lives who depend on them for medical care.

During this last challenging year, the global shutdown has taken a heavy toll on medical missions. Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who regularly volunteer for short-term assignments through our World Medical Mission arm were unable to travel overseas. Others had to stay home because they were so urgently needed at hospitals closer to home. Meanwhile, career missionary doctors serving in some of the most remote corners of the world have worked tirelessly to keep their hospitals open. Some of them have gone more than a year without any help or relief. We thank God that, in spite of these challenges, Samaritan’s Purse has been able to keep our Post-Residency Programme doctors on the field.

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Dr Lena Gamble is serving in Angola, and set up a covid-19 ward in Lubango Hospital.

Dr Lena Gamble is serving in Angola, and set up a covid-19 ward in Lubango Hospital.

One of our Post-Residents, Dr. Lena Gamble, is serving in Angola and took on the challenge of setting up a COVID-19 ward at Lubango Hospital, which we renovated several years ago. Despite her limited resources—only one nurse, no ventilators, and fewer than half of her beds had oxygen—the Lord enabled their team to save many lives and minimise the spread of infections. “I learned to lean on God and to do things I’d never done before,” she shared. You can imagine how personally challenging this past year was for doctors serving overseas. Dr. Gamble described how her heart was torn last year when she briefly came home to visit her dying father. “There was ministry to be done at home,” she said. “But my dad sent me back here to Angola—to do God’s work.” Thankfully, many parts of Africa were spared from widespread outbreaks of the coronavirus. Yet there are places around the world—India is a frightening example—where the pandemic is still spiking.

Just before Jesus shared the parable of the Good Samaritan, He commissioned 70 of His followers to go ahead of Him, taking the Gospel into various places., and even to work miracles among those who were sick and desperate. He told them, “Heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’” (Luke 10:9).

Dr Jesh Thiessen completed the Samaritan’s Purse residency programme in Burundi and now serves in Madagascar.

Dr Jesh Thiessen completed the Samaritan’s Purse residency programme in Burundi and now serves in Madagascar.

Samaritan’s Purse is dedicated to sharing the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere we work. Thank you for your prayers and support, and may God bless you.

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