Restoring Health. Giving Hope
A church in West Africa is utilizing medical missions clinics to minister to its community’s physical and spiritual needs. In 2011, MTW collaborated with the indigenous New Harvest Missions International to provide a mobile medical clinic based at the church. Read more...
Eleven Layers of Love
Missionary medical teams can show God's love to those they serve in many ways. They can minister to those in great need while also opening doors for the gospel in ways not possible before. Medical clinics provide a strong community connection to MTW missionaries and church planters in the field and are a great way for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to use their expertise for God's kingdom.
Got a week to serve?
We have spots for you! The week of July 20-27, two teams will travel to Belize and Monterrey, Mexico. In Monterrey, the team will set up mobile clinics and has the unique opportunity to serve alongside a great group of missionaries and nationals, including some local health professionals. Our greatest need for this team is physicians or other providers. In Belize, participants will take part in mobile clinics in both Cayo and Belize City, serving with missionary physician, Dr. Jen Bigelow. All medical and health professionals are welcome on this team.
For more information please contact the medical department at email@example.com or 678-823-0017.
The Medical Ministry of Mission to the World is characterized by a heart to serve the Lord in both word and deed--carrying out the gospel through mercy ministry augmenting church growth. We are always in need of individuals who are willing to use their God-given talents and abilities to further the kingdom. If you are interested in participating on one of our short-term medical teams, please see our current opportunities below or visit our ministry sites listing for descriptions of our project locations.
Medical teams composed of doctors, dentists, therapists, students and non-medical personnel join together to help spread, through the practical gift of medicine, the truth of the healing power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our ministry is blessed to have worked in over 20 countries, assisting local missionaries and national church planters.
Please visit our Internships section for more information.
Our career medical missionaries are dedicating their lives to acts of service, weaving the gospel and discipleship into direct patient care, training community health workers, and building relationships with nationals. Our short-term medical teams work alongside these missionaries to assist them in growing their ministry and the local church. If you have an interest in long-term work, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-823-0017.
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|Asia||Philippines||Feb 7-21, 2014|
|varies||High Risk, Urban Setting|
|Caribbean||Trinidad||Jan 18-26, 2014|
only providers, PTs or dentists needed
|$600-$900||Intermediate Risk, Rural Setting|
|Latin America||LaCeiba, Honduras||Aug 3-10, 2013 & June 14-21, 2014|
providers especially needed
|varies||Intermediate Risk, Rural Setting|
|Europe||Bulgaria||Nov 30-Dec 7, 2013|
all provider types needed, occupational and physical therapists especially requested
|$1200||Intermediate Risk, Urban Setting|
|Latin America||Costa Rica||April 5-12, 2014|
|$700-$800||Intermediate Risk, Rural Setting|
|Latin America||Huaraz, Peru||Jul 12-22|
doctors, a dentist and a veterinarian only are needed
|$1,000-$1,200||High risk, Rural Setting|
|Latin America||Acapulco, Mexico||Dec 2013|
|$700-$900||Intermediate risk, Rural setting|
|Latin America||Monterrey, Mexico||Jul 20-27|
|$600-$800||Intermediate Risk, Urban Setting|
|Latin America||Belize||July 20-27, mobile clinic Multiple dates available-Established clinic|
All personnel needed for mobile clinic.
Contact MTW for further details about serving at established clinic.
|varies||Intermediate Risk, Rural Setting|
|Africa||Kenya||Aug 23-Sep 1|
especially need providers
|$1600-$2000||High Risk, Urban Setting|
|Africa||Ethiopia||July 6-14 and Oct 5-19|
providers only for July
1 wk $900, 2 wk $1360
|$1800-$2300||High Risk, Urban Setting|
|$1300||High Risk, Rural & Urban Setting|
|Asia||Southeast Asia||Jan/Feb 2014|
exact dates TBD, location withheld for sensitivity
|$1,800||High Risk, Rural Setting|
|Africa||West Africa||Jul 25-Aug 4|
|$2,500||High Risk, Urban Setting|
|Africa||West Africa||Aug 15-25|
|$1,500||High Risk, Rural Setting|
|Training||Advanced Medical Leadership Training||May 17-25, 2014|
Held in Belize
|varies||Substantial Risk, Rural Setting|
|Latin America||Gonaives, Haiti||Sept 21-28|
|$600-$1,000||High Risk, Rural Setting|
|Latin America||Dominican Republic||Sept 13-20|
|TBD||Substantial Risk, Rural Setting|
||**Low Risk: Western country or major city in developing world |
Intermediate Risk: developing country, travel outside of city
Substantial Risk: few Western amenities, marginal medical system, political unrest sometimes present, possible infectious disease
High Risk: few Western amenities, marginal medical system, travel to remote areas, environmental extremes/altitude, heat, etc, infectious disease
*Pregnant women are not allowed to travel on short-term teams outside of the United States
Prayerfully consider how you may use your gifts and talents to serve in one of our many opportunities that are listed below. Our ministries are constantly changing and expanding, so if you have questions regarding a ministry or country not specified, or have any additional questions, please direct them to MTW Medical Department, email@example.com
The Presbyterian Medical Clinic in Patchakan, Belize was established in 1992 by missionaries. We are currently in need of a physician to serve at least one year or more at the clinic. With this physician in place, medical teams will be involved in hands-on medical work with opportunities for evangelistic outreach into the villages through the local Presbyterian churches.
Bolivia is a fairly new field for MTW medical ministry. At the request of one of our regular team members, we sent a team to Bolivia in 2009. Teams serve in areas where missionaries Earl and Rosie Adams are ministering.
MTW is working alongside their missionaries in reaching out to the needy in Quito and Guayaquil. The 2007 Advanced Medical Leadership Training was held in Quito. We anticipate sending 1-3 teams per year to Ecuador. This is a fairly new area for MTW's short-term medical missions so please contact the MTW Medical Department for further details as they become available.
Our focus in Haiti is assisting national pastors Esaie Etienne (in Gonaives) and Jean Paul (in LaPlaine). Medical teams are able to help meet the great need for medical care in this under-developed country. Many teams have traveled to Haiti since the earthquake in January 2010, and multiple opportunities will be available in 2012.
The work in Honduras is growing rapidly with the construction of an established medical facility in progress. A full time missionary nurse is on the ground and presently conducting weekly clinics and health education in the community of Armenia Bonito in La Ceiba. Join her and her family for these clinics.
Medical care within Mexico is obtainable and inexpensive if you are employed. Those that are not employed have difficulty accessing and affording medical care. MTW teams work alongside a national worker (in support of the local church) in the city of Acapulco, Mexico and have partnered with Isaiah 55 Deaf Ministries in reaching out to communities in and around Reynosa. Further locations are being explored. Copies of medical diploma(s) and license should be taken along on any trip but there are no specific licensing requirements.
• Acapulco - Optometry and dentistry services are in high demand and can further help the church in mercy outreach. Medical teams will hold clinics in local churches and at the orphanage, Casa Hogar. Smaller teams (20-25 people) are best for Acapulco and usually each team is sent from a specific church, however, options are available to send a team of individuals from various locations. Our annual goal is to send a medical team in the spring and one in the fall.
• Monterrey - In 2007 we sent our first medical team to Monterrey to minister among the less fortunate in Monterrey city. There are opportunities to serve in Monterrey as well as communities within a short drive of the city. One of the beautiful aspects of serving in Monterrey is the opportunity to serve along with Mexican medical professionals who are also involved in reaching out to their own country.
• Reynosa - Teams stay at the Isaiah 55 building and travel to nearby areas to provide general medical care to communities in need of assistance. Smaller teams (20-25) are preferred however they are open to teams of varying size and specialties throughout the year. Reynosa would love to host a dental team in an area near a prostitute community. Please contact the Medical Department if you have a desire to meet this need or any other medical needs in Reynosa, a city just across the border from McAllen, Texas, but a world away in some respects.
Cuzco - The health clinic, run by Hinterland Health Ministry in conjunction with Mission to the World, is a ministry that seeks to care for both the physical and spiritual needs of the people in this poor Andean city. We are committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Andes region and improving the health of the people whom we serve. Health care is provided five mornings a week, with the afternoons devoted to home visits and community health projects. Long-term relationships are being established and the Gospel of Christ is being well-received as these individuals are experiencing a taste of our Lord's abundant love.
Huaraz - Teams will work with local missionaries who minister to the Quechua people. The Quechua culture is built upon their need to do manual labor in order to make a living. Because this is a part of their everyday life, there are many health issues that are related to that, as a result. Individuals with language skills are especially desired in this area. The missionaries are also interested in finding an intern. The clinic could also benefit from having a long-term eye surgeon on the premises.
In Trinidad, MTW is serving with Rev. Steve McGee, a missionary of the United Reformed Presbyterian Church. Medical teams have been ministering to the needs of Trinidadians who are not able to afford healthcare. Steve is working with a local pastor (Ricky Gosyne) in Reformed church-planting and theological education through MINTS (Miami International Seminary). There are various opportunities in communities where people are not privileged to the healthcare that is needed and medical teams have been a great blessing to their church planting efforts in Trinidad.
Short-term medical teams serve alongside long-term missionaries and national church partners. These national church partners have seen the value of medical teams setting up mobile clinics in their communities. While caring for both church members and unbelievers, the teams serve to provide visibility for the church. Teams currently work in the city of Pazardjik, about two and half hours from the capital of Sofia. As a result of the medical teams’ work in this city, the church has seen new community members start coming to church. Medical professionals of all types are welcome to be a part of this ministry. Relationships have also been developed at a local center for mentally and physically challenged teenagers and young adults. Occupational and physical therapists and neurologists have been extremely helpful in that setting.
Our AIDS ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia provides our participants with opportunities to serve alongside missionaries and national workers, to minister to the families affected by this devastating disease. Outreach is done in the form of physical care- caring for the basic needs of the families in their homes. HIV treatment is administered to select individuals who are instructed on the usage of these complex drugs.
The goal of the ministry is to, "improve and extend the lives of people living with HIV, reduce the impact on families and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the community." Even more importantly, however, are the opportunities that are presented to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Counseling is a blessed opportunity we have to present to these hurting individuals our gracious Lord's ability to woo us to Him, not based upon our good merit, but because of his plenteous grace and unconditional love. Two week and internship opportunities are available. www.mtwact.org
Entry into West Africa is very difficult due to the many governmental restrictions on religion, especially Christianity. Hostility towards Christians is rampant; however, the Gospel is continuing to spread, due to individuals who are passionate about sharing the love of Christ. In the past several years medical missions to West Africa have greatly increased. Our teams work in both capital cities and rural areas and mobile clinics operate in conjunction with the local churches. We generally take 3-4 small teams per year.
Under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, all but 30 medical professionals were killed. Opportunities abound both for mobile medical clinics in village areas and in the capital city of Phnom Penh. You will join with MTW missionary doctors and nurses already working in the area. While ministering in the villages, you will also be mentoring Cambodian medical students who often accompany the teams as interpreters.
MTW sends medical teams into three south Asian countries. In all three of these countries, medical teams work alongside national pastors to provide much needed medical care and community health teaching. Mobile clinics are held in both rural and urban areas. We have found that medical teams in these areas draw positive attention to church plants and also provide credibility for the pastor with local government officials.
The medical ministry of MTW has been working in a particular southeast Asian country for the past several years in conjunction with a national pastor. Mobile clinics and community health training courses are held once a year, usually in January or February. Teams work in both the capital city and in remote village areas. Special requirements: A visa is required to enter.
The MTW church-planting team in the Philippines has a three-fold philosophy in their ministry: mentoring, missions and mercy. Because adequate medical care is not readily available to the average Filipino, the highest health concerns among the people are lung and skin diseases. There is a great need for short-term medical teams to aid in providing mercy ministries. Through the clinics, teams are able to make many contacts for outreach for the churches. Teams are also able to encourage and care for the members of the church body.
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Currently, teams are ministering to the Cree Indian community through community health teaching and counseling.
Grace Presbyterian Church has a heart for ministering to the surrounding community, especially the Hispanic population. Teams stay in a “team house” on the church property and minister to the medical needs of those who cannot afford medical care. (Medical professionals need to be licensed in Georgia to serve here)
Advanced Medical Leadership Training
AMLT training: Belize, May 17-25, 2014
Requests to MTW for medical outreach worldwide have dramatically increased every year. However, assessing and serving the healthcare needs of an international community can present many challenges, obstacles, and unique opportunities. Advanced Medical Leadership Training (AMLT) is designed to equip you to meet those challenges from the perspective of both short-term and career medical ministry.
Through a series of lectures and workshops delivered by expert faculty, AMLT seeks to prepare you to help others travel and live safely in the developing world. Topics include HIV/AIDS, malaria, clinical logistics, medical ministry and the church, effective team leadership, and many more. The course provides ample opportunity for networking among participants and hands on application of lessons learned.
There are three dedicated days of clinical workshops and practicums held. This includes both an urban and rural clinical practicum as well as a community development practicum. Workshops include safe food preparation, water purification, and utilization of mosquito nets, among others.
This is be an interactive course using both classroom teaching and hands-on training among the Cherokee people of North Carolina. The results can be applied to other cultures around the world.
A large part of our ministry focuses on the implementation of students on our teams. Medical school, Nursing, Physical Therapy, as well as undergrads and other medical and non-medical students have the opportunity to join one of our teams at various times during the year. These trips provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to get a taste of medical mission work in action- and whether or not the Lord is calling them to do more field work in the future, whether that be long or short term.
Our Medical Ministry has worked in conjunction with Medical Campus Outreach on various campuses across the country, some of which include- the Medical College of GA, Emory University, UAB, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
If you are a student and interested in joining one of our teams, please view our Calendar of Opportunities.
(*Note- although some trips are geared towards students specifically, please do not feel limited, as we include students on many of our teams).