How To Support The Missionary In Your Life

How To Support The Missionary In Your Life

There are seasons in every Christian life that might see us going out into the world to share the love of Jesus, and there are seasons where we might be called to stay home while others go. For those of us that remain behind, it is important to note that we are still called to serve. But our service might look different than the missionary in Africa. 

Our service might appear to be quieter, but it is certainly no less significant. For every missionary called abroad, many more of us are called to work that is just as important: supporting the people in our lives as they serve on their mission trips.

Support comes in many different forms. Today, I want us to look at a few ways we can support the missionaries in our lives.

Pray

We often hear the phrase, there is power in prayer. While we believe there is power, it isn’t in the prayer itself, it is in the God to whom we pray. This is the God who shaped the universe, set each star in its proper place, and crafted the mountains. This same God not only created you, me, and every human being throughout history, but He also ordained the times and places in which we would live so that we might find Him (Acts 17:26-27)

It is this God that people serve when they embark on their mission trips. They seek to bring His truth to those who need it the most and to love them in action as they live out the gospel. Remembering them in prayer as they do this important work is to hold them in your hearts and to connect to their work in the best possible way.

Sherry Postma, Mission Partners For Christ

Help With Fundraising and Communication

This is an often overlooked area for many Christ servants who need support from their loved ones and their communities.

Samuel Werner, guest posting on Sharon K Hoover’s blog, wrote about the importance of assisting missionaries with things like setting up websites, creating fundraisers, tracking donations, etc… Most who choose to serve have limited time to keep track of updating supporters or fundraising. Taking a little time out of your day, week, or month to assist them with these things would be a greatly supported gesture.

Werner says,

“A huge help for me in the past was I had someone help me with my mailing newsletters. I would send them an email with the writing and a few pictures. They’d take it and form a pretty little newsletter to send out to my supporters. They’d even keep track of the mailing list for me. That was a HUGE blessing.  There is a lot more to being a missionary than just ministry. Offer your services. Just ask, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”

Samuel Werner

Do you have organizational skills or the ability to help set up a GoFundMe? You can put those skills to work by supporting your missionary loved one.

Give Generously

This is perhaps the most common way to support those who are sent out into the world to share the love and gospel of Jesus. But it remains one of the most important forms of support. Without the generosity of believers, like yourself, many mission trips just could never happen. It costs money to travel. It costs money for lodging. It costs money for supplies.

Arrange Housing For Furloughs

For those who serve on a full-time basis, furloughs are a big part of their work. Popular to popular opinion, furloughs aren’t just a break from being in the mission field, although that can be part of it. Furloughs are also important for recruiting new people to the team, fundraising, and more.

Dr. Don Sisk explained how furloughs are often misunderstood in his Ministry 127 blog post from 2014,

“Even though it is good to separate for a time, furlough is not vacation. I remember my wife Virginia sharing a conversation that she had with a pastor’s wife during our first furlough. The pastor’s wife said to her, “I wish my husband got a year of vacation after every four years.” Most of the time, a furlough schedule bears little resemblance to a vacation since missionaries must travel from city to city visiting potential supporting churches or participating in mission conferences.”

Dr. Don Sisk

Often, those who return home on furlough, need someone to help them secure housing for themselves and their family for the length of their stay. As you can imagine, this can be a difficult task when you’re not even in the same country where you will need to find a home. This is where the support of their loved ones and community can be extremely helpful. You can check out potential rentals on their behalf or you can go through your own list of contacts to see if anyone has room to spare.

Perhaps you, yourself, have a guest house or spare room and can offer to host?

Stay in Contact With Loved Ones Serving On A Medical Mission Trip

Being a missionary can be rewarding work in many ways, and yet it can also be lonely and exhausting. Hearing from loved ones back home can be a great way to feel supported while in the mission field. Just knowing that your community is remembering to include you, in some way, in their lives is a great encouragement.

This can include letters, video chats, care packages, and more. Even picking up the phone to send a quick, “thinking of you” text is sure to bring a smile to the face of your beloved missionary.

Hear Directly From Those Who Serve

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) created their own video back in April 2020 to discuss what ways of receiving support from their communities have been most meaningful for them. Take a look now in their video, “How To Support A Missionary Without Money”

YWAM: Free Ways Ro Support A Missionary

Did you learn something new about how to support the missionaries in your life? Leave us a note in the comments and let us know!

How To Make A Difference When Going On A Missions Trip Isn’t Possible

How To Make A Difference When Going On A Missions Trip Isn’t Possible

Just because you can’t go on a missions trip right now, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference!

 

Maybe you just don’t have the funds right now to join your organization of choice on a missions trip, or maybe a trip isn’t feasible due to a medical issue. No matter the reason, there are many other ways to make a difference in the missions organization you are passionate about! Here are a few ways you can support them without traveling

 

Pray

 

Praying for an organization you want to support is one of the best ways you can help them. Many Christian non-profits like ours also have a prayer team, so make sure to check their website to see how you can join. If you want to join ours, just send us an email and we’ll get you added to the team!

 

Give financially

 

Non-profit missions organizations simply cannot run successfully without the financial help from donors like you! In fact, donor support is exactly how we are able to keep our costs so low for volunteers that travel on missions with us. Every dollar that you can give to an organization you’re passionate about helps so much! Want to support our organization? You can make a donation here.

 

Gather supplies to donate

 

Many missions teams can also benefit greatly from supply donations. There are so many items teams need to bring on their trips, that supply donations end up being a huge help. A warning though: Before you start collecting supplies, make sure to contact the organization you want to donate to first and find out what they actually need! If you would like to donate supplies to us, you can contact us for a supply list.

 

Encourage your friends that are going on a trip

 

Even though attending a missions trip may not be in the cards for you (yet!), you can make a huge difference by supporting and encouraging your friends that are able to volunteer in this way! Check out this blog post for a helpful list of ways to support your friend or loved one on their next mission trip.

 

Find ways to give back to your local community

 

Though giving back to your local community doesn’t directly help the missions organization you would like to travel with in the future, it definitely DOES make a difference! As Christians we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and that includes the nation right in our own backyard. So no matter where you live, find people that need help, then go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.

 

 

 

We hope this list will help encourage you that no matter which way you are able to support missions organizations, that your help DOES make a big difference and is greatly appreciated. Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Important Women in Missions

5 Important Women in Missions

We owe a debt of gratitude to all those people who came before us in the Missions field. Their hard work has helped to set the stage that allows Mission Partners For Christ to do the work that we do. They helped to establish best practices and showed us how to properly forge healthy relationships in the communities where we do our work. Let’s take a few minutes to learn about a few of the women who came before us.

Mary Slessor, Nigeria

Mary Slessor, Public Domain, Wikipedia

Mary Mitchell Slessor was born in 1848 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and grew up in the slums of Dundee. Mary was the daughter of a shoemaker. Her mother was deeply religious and made sure that Mary attended church each Sunday. Mary finished her schooling at the age of 14 when she went to work full-time at the jute mills to help support her family.

When Mary was 28, she decided to pursue her growing interest in missions. She applied to the United Presbyterian’s Foreign Mission Board in 1876 to work with them as a missionary. After a short training period in Edinburgh, Mary boarded a ship with her cousin, Robert Mitchell Beedie – who served as a missionary in Buchan – and arrived in Calabar, Nigeria in September of 1876.

Mary took the time to become fully immersed in the culture and language of her new home, which created trust and lasting relationships with the people of Calabar. She became fluent in Efik, the language of the local people. Unlike other missionaries in her time, Mary chose to live among the people to whom she ministered.

Mary Slessor was instrumental in ending smallpox in the region when she began a vaccination campaign amongst the local people groups in the early 1900s. She is also credited with ending the infanticide of twins, whom the Calabar people believed to be cursed and would often abandon to starve to death or to be eaten by wild animals. Mary partnered with a local mission to save as many of those babies as possible and ultimately chose to adopt many of them herself.

After multiple bouts of Malaria, Mary developed a severe fever in January 1915 and passed away. She was honored with a state funeral. Mary is remembered today in Nigeria as the “mother of all the peoples.”

Sources:
Undiscovered Scotland
Wikipedia

Wendy Grey Rogerson, Borneo

Born Rhoda Grey in Newcastle to Reverend Maurice Grey and his wife Elsie, she would grow up attending church with her family and become known as Wendy.

As a young girl growing up in a small town in England, Wendy was constantly reading books filled with tales of missionary adventures. Women like Mary Slessor and Gladys Aylward were her role models for what a young woman could accomplish. Rogerson would eventually train as a nurse, never fully suspecting that she would follow in the footsteps of the women she had admired in her childhood.

In 1948, Wendy trained as a nurse and began a career as a midwife in the Newcastle suburb known as Jesmond.

A combination of events, such as a news article she happened to read and a talk she attended, affirmed her call to the missions field. Wendy’s path was set upon learning about Borneo’s dire need for medical missionaries. She knew that Jesus was calling her to love and care for the people of Borneo. Wendy stepped foot on that island in 1959. She served as a teacher and a nurse with a mission already established in the region. Wendy was the only trained medical practitioner for hundreds of miles, and her days quickly filled with patients desperate for medical treatment.

Three years after her arrival in Borneo, Wendy took a furlough and returned to England. It was then that she met Colin Rogerson, whom she would marry. Wendy remained in England to raise her family, yet she never forgot Borneo. She returned twice in later years: once in 1985 and once in 2003.

In 2018, she published a book detailing her experiences. The book is called “The Midwife of Borneo.”

Wendy passed away in 2019 at the age of 91.

Sources:
Express
The Guardian Obituary
Christianity Today

Gladys Aylward, China

Gladys Aylward. The original uploader was Ibekolu at Chinese Wikipedia., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Glady Aylward was born in London, England to working-class parents, Thomas John Aylward and Rosina Florence. Gladys tried hard in school but found the work challenging. She left school to start working at age 14, eventually landing in a role as a housemaid. Four years later, through the influence of her local friends, Gladys became an Evangelical Christian.

In her late 20s, Gladys chanced upon a newspaper article that discussed the spiritual state of China. Hearing that millions of Chinese people had never heard the gospel, Gladys felt a calling to go to China as a missionary.

Gladys began training for missionary work at the China Inland Mission in London. She lasted three months before being informed by the mission’s leadership that they would not be recommending her for service due to her struggles with learning the language. Undeterred, Gladys decided that she would find her own way to China.

Having heard about an older woman, Jeannie Lawson– who served as a missionary in China and who needed a young person to assist her in her work– Gladys spent her life savings on travel fare to get to China. One October day in the early 1930s, Gladys bid her life in England farewell and began what would be a long and difficult journey to Yangcheng, China.

Gladys’s travels took her from her Liverpool station to Japan, narrowly avoiding forced labor in Russia along the way. She finally reached her destination after traveling by foot, bus, and mule and met the woman with whom she would be working. Together, they set to work to create what would be called “The Inn of the Eight Happinesses,” the name references the eight virtues: Love, Virtue, Gentleness, Tolerance, Loyalty, Truth, Beauty, and Devotion.

The Inn became a central point of their ministry. They would offer safe space to travelers and share stories with them about Jesus. A year after Gladys arrived in China, Jeannie Lawson fell and was fatally injured, leaving Gladys to run the ministry herself.

In time, Gladys began working with the government as a foot inspector. The Chinese government had passed a new law forbidding the binding of feet, a common practice in which young girls would have their feet bound to keep them small, believing that large feet were unattractive. In an era where many foot inspectors were faced with violence, Gladys’s efforts to end this cruel practice were met with success.

During her time in China, she adopted five children as her own and became the unofficial mother to hundreds more.

She eventually left China for Great Britain in 1949 when the Communist army was actively seeking out missionaries. But her heart never left China. She attempted to return after her mother’s death, but the Chinese government rejected her visa application. Instead of returning to China, Gladys moved to Taiwan in 1958 and opened the Gladys Aylward Orphanage.

She remained there until her death in 1970.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Encyclopedia.com

Dr. Ida Scudder, India

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Public domain,
via Wikimedia Commons

It would seem that Dr. Scudder’s life path was forged for her generations before she was even born. Her grandfather, Rev. Dr. John Scudder Sr., and father, Dr. John Scudder, both served as medical missionaries. Coming from a long line of missionaries instilled Ida with a strong sense of what it means to foster a servant’s heart. She frequently witnessed illness and poverty throughout her young life.

Education was an important thing in Ida’s family. She attended seminary in Massachusetts, returning to India upon graduation to assist her father with his work. In 1894, she received a call into medical missions when three different pregnant women knocked on her door one night seeking medical assistance. Each of these women died in childbirth as they had no access to the kind of medical intervention they needed. Due to their beliefs, none of these women could be treated by men, and Ida did not have the training to help them (nor were female OB-GYNs accessible to women in that region). She had previously been adamant that she would not become a medical missionary. Still, having witnessed these terrible tragedies, she could not deny that she was called and needed to go to medical school.

Ida Scudder applied to Cornell Medical School and graduated at the top of her class – the first, of which, that accepted women. Before her return to India, a Manhattan banker known only as “Mr. Schell” decided to sponsor Ida’s ministry with a $10,000 grant in his wife’s name. Mr. Schell also ensured that Ida had all the medical instruments needed for her work in India.

Ida returned to India on January 1, 1900, and set to work immediately. Her father gave her a room for her small practice, but her needs quickly outgrew the space. By 1906, she was working with as many as 40,000 patients annually. In 1909, she opened the Mary Taber Shell Hospital.

In 1918, this doctor, who once could not envision herself working in the medical field, decided to open a medical school to train women as doctors and nurses. Expecting little interest, Ida was delightfully surprised to receive 151 applicants in her first year. She had to turn most of these applicants away, not having the resources to train so many people.

In 1928, she opened The Vellore Christian Medical Center, a larger hospital than her first. As of 2003, Vellore Christian Medical Center was the largest Christian hospital in the world.

Dr. Ida Scudder passed away in May of 1960 in her bungalow in Kodaikanal, India.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Boston University, School of Theology
The Scudder Association Foundation

Amy Carmichael, India

Amy Carmichael, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Amy Beatrice Carmichael, the daughter of a well-to-do flour mill owner, was born in Millisle, County Down, Ireland in 1867. She lived in an English boarding school during part of her childhood. The first few years of her life were spent in comfort, but that changed when Amy was still a young girl. Her father’s flour mill began to lose money and had to be shut down. Amy would have to leave school to help support and care for her large family.

When Amy was 16, she moved with her family to Belfast. There, Amy first felt a stirring in her soul to work with those living in poverty. She befriended a group of people known as the “shawlies”; they were so poor that they could not afford hats to protect themselves from the cold, so they covered their heads with shawls instead. Through her efforts in building relationships within the shawlie community and advocating on their behalf, she was able to build a church for them.

In 1887, Amy heard Hudson Taylor, founder of the Chinese Inland Mission, speak on missions in Asia. Then, Amy first heard her call to go overseas and preach the gospel. She applied for training and lived in London for a brief time to prepare for life as a missionary. Her health, however, prevented her from working with the Chinese Inland Mission.

She later pursued work with the Christian Missionary Society. Initially serving in Japan, Amy returned home due to poor health. However, Amy was convinced that God had called her to the mission field. She wasn’t deterred from her goals. She took the time she needed to rest and returned to work. Amy first went to Sri Lanka and finally received an assignment to the place she would call home for the next 55 years: India.

Commissioned by the Church of England’s Zenana Missionary Society, Amy found that her focus was primarily needed in ministering to women and young girls. A significant problem in India, at that time, was temple prostitution. Girls were often sold to Hindu temples by families who didn’t want daughters or needed the money; these girls were often forced into sex work to earn money for the temple priests.

In order to rescue and care for these young girls, Amy founded an orphanage in Dohnavur, where she became known as “amma” (Tamil for “mother”) and cared for hundreds of girls throughout her time in India.

In 1931, Amy suffered a nasty fall that left her bedridden, but she could not give up her work. When she couldn’t physically serve, she wrote. In her lifetime, Amy wrote close to 40 books to let the world know what God was doing through missions.

Amy Carmichael died in 1951 at the age of 83. Her body rests in Dohnavur, where she spent most of her life. Following her wishes, there is no tombstone above her grave. Instead, a birdbath has been installed and engraved with just one word: Amma.

Sources:
Christianity Today
Wikipedia
Boston University, School of Theology

Did you learn anything new about the foremothers of missions? Let us know in the comments!

Believe The Lord Will Provide

Believe The Lord Will Provide

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19

When you are on the mission field, you will see a lot of people who have less than what you have when it comes to personal belongings. You may even see a lot of poverty depending on the location you are serving. It is easy to see these things and start to believe that the Lord isn’t providing for these people.

You may feel sadness or even guilt if you compare your “blessings” to theirs. But a perspective shift has to happen. First of all, blessings come in more forms than “stuff.” Secondly, You have to believe that if YOU care about the suffering, pain, or needs that you see around you, then God absolutely cares as well!

Take this story about Elijah for example:

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’ Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.’ So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” –1 Kings 17:1-7

The Lord took care of His child Elijah. But He didn’t just hand Elijah food and drink in the way we think God would do it. He had him drink out of a brook and be fed by scraps from the birds. God cares for His children in peculiar ways to bring glory to Him through the process!

So how does that story relate to what you may see on missions trips? It shows that God cares about all of His children and provides for their needs in ways that bring Him glory. And sometimes the way He takes care of others is through you and me! It may be peculiar for God to care for those in one country through the work of those from another, but He makes a way! One example is that God sends teams of people like groups from Mission Partners for Christ and our local mission partners to care for the physical needs of those in Ethiopia, Liberia, or other locations. I bet people in those countries would have never imagined God caring for them in that peculiar way!

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” –Matthew 6:31-32

Though the Lord provides for our physical needs, the biggest need He promises to provide for is our need of grace. It’s a free gift we can receive and share with others at all times! Just like Elijah had to remind himself during times where he felt alone and hungry, “The ravens are coming!” we get to tell ourselves in times of hopelessness, “Jesus is coming!”

This is faith in action.

Believe the Lord provides!

Here’s What You need to Know About Mental Health

Here’s What You need to Know About Mental Health

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Mental Health has been an essential part of healthcare for a long time. We now know that trauma and mental health play an important part in physical health outcomes. We are also more aware now than ever, of just how important it is to find ways to care for our mental wellness. 

 Read on to learn more about the connection between mental health and physical health.

How Mental Health Impacts Physical Health

There are many ways in which someone’s mental health can adversely impact physical health. 

Anxiety, for example, can impact one’s ability to get restful sleep. A lack of quality sleep can lead to a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system leaves the body vulnerable to all kinds of illness. 

In a recent article, Registered Nutritionist Rhian Stephenson explained the link between mental and physical health this way:

“Our mental health will also affect how we feel in our body in more obvious ways,”  explained Stephenson. “Sleep health, motivation and energy for exercise, response to exercise and appetite can all be positively and negatively impacted by our emotional state. For example, studies have shown that emotional states such as anxiety and depression can increase insulin resistance, which over time can lead to not only diabetes but increase the risk for other chronic illnesses that are associated with insulin dysregulation.”

Live Science

How Trauma Impacts Growth

In recent years, the impact that mental health has had on physical health has become better understood. With the development of the ACE test, we can predict with near certainty how someone’s health will progress, or deteriorate, over time by assessing the amount of trauma experienced in childhood.

A study done in 2019 by BMC analyzed the survey results from a 1979 survey and determined that ACE results predicted a diabetes diagnosis for women with an ACE score of 2 or higher. Research has also shown that a traumatic childhood is correlated with the development of arthritis.

It isn’t, of course, a failproof method to determine future outcomes. Many variations can determine what happens as a child grows up: Did they have access to mental health tools? Did they have supportive adults in their lives? Did they find a safe environment to heal? The answers to these questions can also help determine the impact of trauma on mental and physical health.

Mental Health in Healthcare Providers

Healthcare workers, such as nurses, doctors, and technicians, aren’t immune to mental health issues. The CDC spells out clearly that mental health stressors have always been a part of the job, even prior to the pandemic. Common stressors include:

  • Intensely stressful and emotional situations in caring for those who are sick
  • Exposure to human suffering and death
  • Unique pressures from relationships with the patient, family members, and employers
  • Working conditions with ongoing risk for hazardous exposures such as infectious diseases, hazardous drugs, and more
  • Demanding physical work and risk of injuries
  • Long and often unpredictably scheduled hours of work. This is often related to as-needed scheduling, unexpected double shifts, and unpredictable intensity of on-call work.
  • Unstable and unpredictable work lives, and financial strain (Source: CDC)

With the added trauma of a worldwide pandemic, statistics are showing that mental distress is going up for healthcare workers. In a recent study that measured the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on healthcare workers, 82% of healthcare workers said they were emotionally exhausted, 70% said they struggled with sleep, and 63% said they dreaded coming to work.

Covid and Mental Health

With the pandemic still going on, mental health is often featured in news headlines. Never before has mental wellness been at the forefront of the world’s mind in quite the same way that it has been these last few years.

With job losses, income loss, and life interruptions, mental wellness issues have begun to spike. Increased isolation due to lockdowns and a constant stream of news at the ready any time we pick up our phones means that anxiety and depression have been increasing at alarming rates. This is particularly true for vulnerable people already at risk for adverse mental health symptoms such as the elderly, the poor, and other marginalized groups.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019

Kaiser Family Foundation

Mental Health and Missions

Mental health is also an important issue to consider when it comes to the mission field. Missionaries, of course, are not exempt from stress. Indeed, many things on the mission field can be extremely distressing to experience and, if self-care is not a priority, can lead to adverse experiences on this job.

Burn-out, anxiety, and depression are common stressors in the mission field. When you are deep in the work, it can be all too easy to forget to care for your own health too. When everywhere you look is a soul who needs Jesus or a child who needs clean water or medical attention, it’s easy to forget your own needs in the process. This is when mental health tends to become a struggle. 

“Research confirms that 94% of missionaries experience trauma on the field with 86% being exposed to multiple incidents; yet, only half of these individuals reported suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.  Of those surveyed, 43% developed a diagnosable mental disorder.”

Robert Bagley, “Trauma and Traumatic Stress Among Missionaries,” Journal of Psychology and Theology
31, no. 2

With these types of numbers, it is absolutely essential to consider mental health as a part of self-care when it comes to serving in the mission field. Having a safe community of people to turn to for support is of the utmost importance. Seeking out professional help from qualified therapists should be encouraged.

The more we understand mental health, the better off our work as the servants of the Living God will be.

What Can We Do?

First, it’s important to note that mental health struggles are a normal part of life and there is nothing shameful about them. Everyone experiences some amount of trauma that needs processing. Everyone also goes through some form of grief, depression, or anxiety. 

Even Jesus wept

If you suspect that you have been struggling with any aspect of your mental health, please reach out to a trained professional who can help you assess and come up with a treatment plan.

If you have a loved one or a friend who struggles with their mental health, be a support for them. Let them know they are safe in your presence to speak about their feelings and experiences. And always encourage them to seek out professional help when it is needed.

And lastly: whether you are on the mission field or not, remember to prioritize your self-care. Get lots of rest, exercise regularly, and eat food that is nutritious for your body. Don’t forget to surround yourself with a supportive community that you can trust and lean on when you need them.

Mental Health Foundation
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What You Need To Know About Medical Missions and World Malaria Day

What You Need To Know About Medical Missions and World Malaria Day

malaria
Malaria is disease of the blood that is spread through infected mosquitos

 

Though Malaria was eliminated from the United States in the early 1950’s, it still can affect half of the world’s population. 3.2 billion people live in areas at risk of transmission in 106 countries and territories. Because it is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, one of the top killers of children, and keeps livelihoods and communities from thriving, we want to tackle it head-on by sharing researched facts about this illness and explain what YOU can do to help!

What is Malaria?

“Malaria is a disease of the blood that is caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which can be transmitted from person to person by a particular type of mosquito.” To read a detailed description about transmission, go here.

What are the symptoms:
  • Chills, fever, and sweating, usually occurring a few weeks after being bitten.
  • Pain areas: in the abdomen or muscles
  • Whole body: chills, fatigue, fever, night sweats, shivering, or sweating
  • Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Also common: fast heart rate, headache, mental confusion, or pallor

It’s important for someone who has contracted this disease to receive treatment within 24 hours, though that is not always doable.

Here are a few economical reasons we should be fighting against Malaria:

  • Malaria-free countries have 5x greater economic growth than countries with malaria.
  • A 10% decrease has been associated with a .3% rise in GDP.3
  • Every $1 invested in malaria control in Africa returns $40 in economic growth, contributing to Africa’s prosperity and its prospects as a trading partner. (Resource)

The Huffington Post wrote:

“About 3.3 million lives have been saved because of international malaria control interventions, the World Health Organization reports, and malaria mortality rates in African children have dropped by about 54 percent. Hopeful statistics like these help validate USAID’s declaration that the war on malaria is the “greatest success story in global health. But there’s still significant work to be done.”

This graphic does a great job covering all you need to know about this deadly illness:

So what can we do?

 This is the reason that Mission Partners for Christ exists; to be the church to the world through medical missions. For us, being the church means that providing access to medical treatment that we often take for granted here in the USA is a big part of that. Our hope is that some day, this deadly disease will be completely wiped out. This is an achievable goal, but we need your help to get there. 

There is a lot that we can do to win the war against this disease. Things like providing access to medical treatment and professionals, preventatitives like bed nets, and education about how the illness spreads are all important factors to eradicating malaria. These are the things that we provide on our outreach trips. 

Mission Partners For Christ provides education in the communities we serve all about prevention, and we provide treatment during our outreaches. This treatment is costly but necessary. If you want to make a difference and help us beat this preventable illness, please volunteering for oone of our trips or consider a donation to our organization to help support our efforts.