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God will make this happen for he who calls you is faithful 1 Thessalonians 5 24 COMMITTED TO HIS CALL CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF GOD S FAITHFULNESS IN GLOBAL HEALTHCARE MISSIONS 70910 indd 1 5 25 17 4 21 PM
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.     1 Thessalonians 5 24  COMMITTED TO HIS CALL CELEBRATING 2...
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds Psalm 77 12 Throughout the 25 years of MedSend s ministry we ve had countless occasions to extol God s goodness But on this special anniversary we re delighted to pause and reflect more deeply on what God has done through MedSend While we can t pack a quarter century into 12 pages I think you will agree from this glimpse that MedSend s far reaching impact is incredible Also remarkable is our Lord s faithfulness in calling such exceptional people to serve MedSend from our outstanding board and committed grant recipients to our faithful supporters like you Without your prayers and gifts there would be no MedSend For a 25 years God s faithfulness to MedSend has prevailed despite naysayers terrorists and economic downturns That s another reason why this retrospective is so important When we remember the amazing things God has done for us in the past it fills us with the faith we need to face the new challenges God has set before us Those challenges are daunting Last year Christians were the most persecuted religious group across the globe For MedSend healthcare professionals that means that the world grows more hostile and hazardous daily Yet even as risks increase so does the number of qualified men and women from the U S and developing countries who are eager to answer God s call to serve as healthcare missionaries As always many of them need our help and we thank God and you for giving us the privilege of providing it We believe that God is calling MedSend to play a key role in extending His love through global healthcare around the world while we still can Like our founders we pledge to meet whatever new challenges He calls us to with prayer reliance on God and resolute action Will you prayerfully stand with us in this commitment For now please celebrate with us some of the amazing ways God has blessed MedSend in the past 25 years May this record of His enduring faithfulness inspire us with faith as we continue to serve Him in the days ahead Rick Allen President CEO I count it one of the great gifts of my life that I was the first Project MedSend recipient in 1995 and that allowed me to go into ministry much earlier than I could have ever anticipated I still tell that story over and over to medical students who want to be in missions as evidence of God s faithfulness in helping me with finances to do what I thought I was called to do Martha Carlough MD MPH Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Office of International Activities at UNC Chapel Hill As MedSend s first grant recipient Dr Carlough served in Nepal from 1995 2005 70910 indd 2 5 25 17 4 21 PM
GOD IS GOOD . . . ALL THE TIME     I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.        Psalm 77 1...
NATIONAL RECOGNITION All three Christian leaders invited to form MedSend s first Board of Reference accepted At home on the field Dan Fountain CALLED IN A CRISIS Dr Daniel Fountain was at his wit s end He had flown to Texas on that December day in 1987 to pitch an idea to the organization now known as the Christian Medical and Dental Associations CMDA His question Would CMDA establish a 10 million fund and use the interest to pay off the educationrelated debts of healthcare professionals willing to serve in cross cultural missions Dan s idea was birthed in the hardscrabble reality of the mission field where he and his wife Miriam a nurse had already served for 25 years During the 70s and 80s we were desperate to get more missionary doctors and nurses yet none came he explained The almost universal response was I would like to come but I owe too much money from my educational loans When I pay those off in a few years I may come None ever did Like everyone else Dan had approached the folks at CMDA rejected his idea I left the meeting feeling terrible he recalled He didn t know the meeting s minutes had been faxed to CMDA s president Dr David Topazian a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon then serving as a missionary in Venezuela along with his wife Deidre Dan s idea struck a chord with Dave who was concerned about the same issue He immediately faxed a response to CMDA s CEO Hal Habecker Hal this is something CMDA has got to deal with Don t drop it Within months a CMDA ad hoc committee that included Dan and Dave met to find a solution After much prayer research and discussion they came up with the bold idea of forming an organization that would help get long term healthcare missionaries to the field faster by awarding grants to pay off their educational loans as they served What s more Project MedSend would partner with established sending agencies to get the job done In August 1992 Project MedSend was incorporated 70910 indd 3 as a nonprofit Early in 1993 Dave and Deidre Topazian left Venezuela borrowed a car and spent two months driving across the country to share the MedSend concept with 30 mission boards As a result 16 sending agencies accepted the invitation to become MedSend Associates They met in Texas later that year to help develop policies and procedures and to contribute MedSend s first operating budget In 1994 MedSend s board met for the first time and named Dave Topazian as president They approved a business plan with the stated goal of bringing glory to God by providing five new grants to healthcare professionals each year for a projected total of 30 by 2000 With all the elements in place questions remained Would the MedSend concept work Would people support the ministry Would God bless MedSend As you ll see in the next pages all three questions were quickly answered with a resounding YES In fact by the year 2000 105 grants had been made more than tripling the board s original goal and bringing glory to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine Ephesians 3 20 On the road again Dave and Deidre Topazian far right and left representing MedSend MedSend s founders saw something that many of us didn t earlier on Mobilizing Christian surgeons physicians and dentists to go overseas is really a branch of the ministry of the Church extending its arm of love and concern for our neighbors our fellow individuals of the world MedSend is a very significant new approach that needs the support of people across the nation It is making a difference and I trust that in the days to come it will expand its outreach Dr Ted Engstrom President Emeritus of World Vision served on MedSend s Board of Reference until his death in 2006 quoted in 1998 Project MedSend is the only organization in the country that provides a way for healthcare professionals who have educational debt to serve the Lord in medical missions without the barrier of saying I can t do it because I owe too much money Dr C Everett Koop former U S Surgeon General served on MedSend s Board of Reference until his death in 2013 quoted in 1999 I appreciate MedSend for giving more health professionals the opportunity to serve on the mission field Dr Paul Brand missionary surgeon renowned for his pioneering research in leprosy served on MedSend s Board of Reference until his death in 2003 quoted in 1999 5 25 17 4 21 PM
NATIONAL RECOGNITION All three Christian leaders invited to form MedSend   s first Board of Reference accepted.  At home o...
CALLED TO LAUNCH If we can help let us know In response to that offer from veteran Nepal medical missionaries Drs Tom and Cynthia Hale MedSend began its popular information dinners to introduce the ministry to thousands across the U S From 1995 2002 MedSend held 125 dinners featuring performances by Cynthia a concert pianist Following dinner the Hales would speak about healthcare missions and Dave Topazian would introduce MedSend Dave Topazian with the Hales Ja Founding MedSend Associates Early MedSend Board of Directors Over the years MedSend has been blessed with professionally talented and spiritually committed Board members as well as many volunteer specialists and friends who provided hospitality for ministry events and traveling staff Missionaries use things up wear things out make things do or do without This was and is part of MedSend s financial counsel to prospective healthcare missionaries The son of immigrants who stressed careful stewardship of financial resources Dave Topazian helped make financial counseling an important part of MedSend s ministry Symbolic of the frugality that characterizes missionaries and MedSend the early MedSend office operated from the Topazians basement Dave is shown working with Debbie Gaboriault Rose JD whom he has called one of God s great gifts to MedSend Debbie served as MedSend s office manager from 1995 to 2005 leaving an indelible imprint by establishing systems and procedures and an attitude of cheerful loving service Even the best healthcare education is not enough to ensure success on the mission field In addition to having limited access to the latest tools and technology healthcare missionaries can have difficulty adjusting to grinding poverty cultural differences and alternative world views For this reason MedSend s Board has required and subsidized intensive multi day courses in community health education and whole person care geared especially for healthcare missionaries Dan Fountain drew upon his vast missions experience to lead many of MedSend s popular training workshops for grant recipients until his death in 2013 Left Dan Fountain at a workshop with trainees Derek and Lauren Webber 70910 indd 4 5 25 17 4 21 PM
CALLED TO LAUNCH    If we can help, let us know.    In response to that offer from veteran Nepal medical missionaries Drs....
Our newly opened maternity ward has brought hope and healing to so many women and infants We have now had over 130 infants born at the hospital and have cared for over 200 women We have had 10 15 infants that have required resuscitation and would have not survived if they had been born in their villages with the help of traditional birth attendants Jared Brockington MD MedSend pediatrician serving in Africa IMPACT FUND The other day a woman came to the maternity ward to deliver her baby and said that originally she was going to deliver in her village but she changed her mind because she learned that there are Christian doctors and nurses at our hospital Twice a week she would pass by the hospital and could hear the clinic staff and patients singing at one of the lunchtime devotionals Many others are now coming because women who delivered at the hospital are telling other people in their villages about the great care they have received from a healthcare team who loves God PORT BY GIVING TO A SPECIFIC REGION 25 YEARS OF IMPACT CALLED TO GLOBAL IMPACT heart for a particular area of the world focus your re MedSend grantees bring desperately needed of Christ to these regions We can even create a Since 1992 MedSend has awarded more st for you than 16 million in grants to release more than 575 healthcare professionals to serve where God has called them Today CITIES MedSend healthcare U S INNER There is not a more powerful way to reach the most professionals bring compassionate underserved populations of refugees immigrants and mentally challenged in the United States care andindividuals God s love to vulnerable RESTRICTED ACCESS COUNTRIES people in 75 nations including Because of overwhelming need healthcare professionals that access to other are oftencountries granted access to therestrict world s most restricted countries where no other Christian witness Christian workers Grantis allowed recipients e staff and run mission hospitals and rural clinics and are involved in training and mentoring Christian nationals as caregivers Through extensive involvement in community GIFT health programs many are working to transform entire communities 5 000 more than 44 000 16 MILLION in educational debt paid MORE THAN A MILLION provided with healthcare more than 600 grants approved 10 000 average 4 year grant 125 educational EIGHTY TWO loans fully paid clinics staffed hospitals HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS have heard the message of God s love 185 current grant recipients FIFTEEN national grant recipients supported TENS OF THOUSANDS of decisions for Christ 95 countries served Healthcare missions is the key to penetrating difficult to access countries and completing the Great Commission The greatest barrier for those desiring to serve is educational debt MedSend has eliminated it enabling hundreds of missionaries to bring health and the Gospel around the world They are fueling a renaissance in medical missions Every gift matters o be sharing Jesus d seeing more Muslims Estimation based on information provided in the last 25 years DR JOE MARTIN Physician Ecuador 70910 indd 5 mission Estimation based on information provided in the last 25 years If you prefer to not designate your gifts to a specific fund you can make a general donation to MedSend and the future of global healthcare 5 25 17 4 21 11 PM
   Our newly opened maternity ward has brought hope and healing to so many women and infants. We have now had over 130 inf...
CALLED TO LASTING CHANGE A humongous thank you to MedSend donors Because of you MedSend is having a huge impact in the world Katherine Welch MD Director of Relentless MEDSEND DISTINCTIVE LONG TERM COMMITMENT We re not exaggerating when we say that as career missionaries MedSend healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to bring genuine transformative change to the individuals and communities they serve Here are a few examples of ministries that have been established by MedSend grant recipients HAITI Shortly after arriving in Haiti Rachael Courter RN gave someone an OTC medication The next morning she and her husband James a physical therapist and MedSend grant recipient awoke to find hundreds of people outside waiting for medical care With only their family s medications and a stethoscope the Courters began seeing patients on their front porch Today the clinic they founded has cared for over 40 000 patients and is a permanent self sustaining ministry staffed by Haitian professionals KENYA What began as a mobile outreach to a Kenyan tribe with little access to healthcare clean water or the gospel has grown into a permanent health center I am excited about the huge opportunities to do what Christ asked by preaching the kingdom of God and healing the sick says MedSend physician and clinic founder Dr Kyle Jones DO Also in Kenya current grant recipient Michelle Kiprop RN MSN FNP founded and directs Hope Matters International which cares for hundreds each month in its medical clinic and also includes community outreach and orphan care programs ROMANIA Raegan Glugosh RN became a grant recipient in 2000 and founded Touched Romania in 2005 to help abandoned infants The ministry gives pregnant mothers and high risk babies emotional material and spiritual support It offers a residential maternal center and works with foster families hospitals and institutions HONDURAS AND HAITI Mission Lazarus cofounded by MedSend grant recipient Allison Brown APRN BC serves Hondurans in need through two medical clinics a child nutrition program a family health program early education centers a children s home and more Mission Lazarus also has programs in Haiti MALAWI MedSend physician Dr Perry Jansen founded Partners in Hope PIH Malawi which provides free HIV AIDS care to more than 3 000 people each month plus innovative HIV prevention testing and counseling programs PIH was cited by Malawi for its demonstrated impact on the HIV AIDS epidemic there 70910 indd 6 Dr Katherine Welch founded Relentless to assist organizations that fight human trafficking and slavery Relentless provides healthcare training for antitrafficking workers and holds medical clinics for trafficking victims Since 2000 Dr Welch has been serving in Asia thanks to her MedSend grant paid in full almost a decade ago CALLED TO RESCUE MedSend grant recipients live among those they serve so in addition to providing continuing care they are often among the first to provide relief services when natural disasters strike whether earthquakes floods hurricanes tsunamis or epidemics Some of the relief efforts they have contributed to include 2016 7 8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador 2015 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal 2014 2016 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines 2012 Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island 2010 Earthquake in Haiti 2004 Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia MedSend physician assistant James Courter provides medical relief after 2010 Haiti earthquake Dr Joe Martin cares for victim of 2016 earthquake in Ecuador 5 25 17 4 21 PM C
CALLED TO LASTING CHANGE    A humongous thank you to MedSend donors. Because of you, MedSend is having a huge impact in th...
CALLED TO TRANSFORM LIVES AND COMMUNITIES More families accepted the Lord and were baptized last month Many I had never even met before but for some time now they had been watching the new believers to see what would happen to them once they took down their altars and became Christians When they saw the peace and change in their families and heard about Almighty God who can save they decided to believe and follow Christ too L G PA community health worker in Asia Name withheld for security reasons MORE MEDSEND DISTINCTIVES All MedSend healthcare professionals are trained in and encouraged to practice WHOLE PERSON CARE A scientifically and biblically based approach to treating the whole person body mind and spirit that combines the best of medical care psycho social care and spiritual care COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT This approach identifies common health problems that come from certain behaviors It uses cultural dynamics and crosscultural communication to motivate changes in community practices and behaviors related to health nutrition and agriculture The biblical world view provides the basic principles of health and healthy behavior and gives core cultural values important for community development SOME CURRENT MINISTRY AREAS HIV AIDS Refugees Tuberculosis Agriculture Infants and Children Orphan Care Human Trafficking Disaster Relief Women s Health Church Plants Community Health Clean Water Nutrition Disabilities Training Nationals Fistula Care I am finding more and more that I have the opportunity to educate about and be a voice for people with disabilities here At least twice per week I get the chance to talk with families about how their children with hearing loss or other disabilities have hope beyond what their culture says So many parents come to me without hope and I get the chance to pray with them and be a support for them Stephanie Cox AudD audiologist serving in Africa 70910 indd 7 5 25 17 4 22 PM
CALLED TO TRANSFORM LIVES . . . AND COMMUNITIES    More families accepted the Lord and were baptized last month. Many I ha...
CALLED TO THE DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS August 5 2010 lives in MedSend infamy On that day MedSend grant recipient and optometrist Dr Tom Little was slain by the Taliban along with nine members of his medical team doctors nurses and other support personnel while returning from a mobile health clinic in a remote area of Afghanistan Even as we joined the world in grieving for this brave man and his colleagues his death drove home a sobering fact MedSend heallthcare professionals are called to difficult and increasingly dangerous assignments Many MedSend healthcare professionals are eager to serve in these areas despite the risks They know that healthcare professionals are often welcomed in areas that are off limits to other Christian workers That s why global healthcare missions are one of the most strategic ways of getting desperately needed healthcare and the good news of Jesus love to all people everywhere Dr Tom Little FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS A sweet young family left Syria four years ago and comes into our clinic nearly weekly They had an apartment with a balcony lovely furniture and pictures on the wall They saw troops coming in and within days the balcony on their apartment was hit by a bomb They knew they couldn t safely stay any longer with their two small children They threw some More than 40 of MedSend healthcare professionals now serve in high security areas that require identity protection things together and fled they didn t even lock the door as they thought they would only be gone a couple of weeks Sadly their entire city was nearly leveled and they crossed the border for refuge They are always laughing and have such beautiful After I finished dental school the relationships with one another but when I asked them about Syria they loans I had accrued would have immediately teared up and told me their story It was just below the surface made coming to the field without Nearly every week I hear several tough stories like this But when I have the support impossible My wife and I privilege of hearing their hearts holding them as they cry and helping them had felt led to work among medically I realize beyond a shadow of a doubt that my entire life has been unreached people groups in about this very moment All the joys the suffering the growth in my faith and the difficult to access areas for years struggle through medicine has all been to prepare me for such a time as this My becoming a dentist was a way I ve never had such joy or sense of fulfillment as I do now I remember when God we believed we could access these asked me if I would come for Him to love the people here to care for them to areas and heal physical needs as we hold them to offer hope to them He told me that our family would not only proclaimed the gospel of Jesus survive here we would thrive And we have Thanks to our Medsend grant we ve A T MD MPH serving in the Middle East been able to do that Name changed or withheld for security reasons Bottom Photo Credit UK Dept for International Development 70910 indd 8 James Hill DDS North Africa 5 25 17 4 22 PM
CALLED TO THE DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS August 5, 2010, lives in MedSend infamy. On that day, MedSend grant recipient and op...
CALLED TO THE HOME FRONT Educational debt has a significant impact on the ability of healthcare professionals who have a vision to serve in underserved settings in the U S to do so says Timothy Leaman MD site medical director at Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia As students are leaving medical training with increasingly large educational debt the ability to make student loan repayments without outside assistance even with a very frugal lifestyle at the salaries health centers like Esperanza are able to provide is virtually impossible Dr Leaman speaks from firsthand experience When Jen and I felt God s call to ministry at Esperanza we knew that the salary they offered at the time was not sufficient to cover my Dr Leaman trains a medical student at Esperanza Health Center student loans even with us both working at the time and living quite modestly he explained Fortunately Dr Leaman received a MedSend grant that paid his monthly educational loans until they were paid off in 2010 MedSend s grant played an enormous role in God s provision for our family and for Esperanza and helped facilitate our family being rooted and established in the city for the long term MedSend s domestic grant recipients work at inner Robert Reich PA C MPAS who directs care management at city and rural faith based clinics in the U S serving Esperanza and has served on MedSend s board also says people who are marginalized vulnerable and MedSend made it possible for him to commit to serving there medically underserved early in his career Since 1992 more than 1 609 000 has been paid in grants making it possible for 65 MedSend healthcare professionals to serve in more 26 Christian faithbased clinics across the U S When I started working at Esperanza the clinic was struggling financially he recalls Our paychecks were often delayed Having MedSend funding for my educational debt was critical in helping BEACON OF HOPE ON STATEN ISLAND Immediately after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City s Staten Island in October 2012 Beacon Christian Community Health Center swung into action Despite losing electricity clinic staff used a borrowed generator and mobile van to set up a triage center to take the load off local emergency rooms We provided care to the best of our ability as a way of showing that Christ is present no matter what the circumstances in both good times and bad said Dr David Kim Beacon s CEO and cofounder This commitment to providing compassionate whole person care in their diverse The Kims underserved community inspired Dr Kim and his wife Dr Janet Kim to found the clinic in 2006 when they were MedSend grant recipients As the first faith based and federally supported health center in New York State Beacon now provides convenient affordable services to more than 4 000 local residents who consider the health center a blessing to their community The Kims consider MedSend part of that blessing When we were just starting the center David and I could not take enough salary to work at Beacon and pay off our educational loans recalls Janet Kim who serves as Beacon s Chief Medical Officer and on MedSend s board of directors If MedSend had not helped us we would have had to take other jobs and might not have been able to commit to getting Beacon off the ground Those early days were part of the foundation that has made the health center what it is today 70910 indd 9 5 25 17 4 22 PM
CALLED TO THE HOME FRONT    Educational debt has a significant impact on the ability of healthcare professionals who have ...
Training nationals in nursing gives them job potential and improves their health and that of their communities as they go home and begin to work The nursing program s goal is to train nationals to be nurses and share Jesus with them in the process It has had a huge impact so far and I pray that God will allow me to impact students and patients for His glory as well James F RN Southwest Asia CALLED TO EQUIP More than 50 of American MedSend grant recipients who serve overseas are involved in strengthening and empowering national believers through healthcare professional training programs and community health education This cost effective strategy lets grant recipients multiply their efforts with the potential to reach millions It promotes sustainability because ministry can continue under national leadership even in areas that may close to North American Christians It also promotes spiritual and economic health as nationals can support themselves and care for each other without continued dependence on foreign healthcare professionals As a consultant physician at Kijabe Hospital I have the opportunity to treat patients of varying religious backgrounds and may share the gospel freely with them In addition I am in a position of teaching nationals who after leaving Kijabe will treat patients throughout East Africa Helping these physicians and clinical officers grow in their medical knowledge and spiritual walk while modeling Christ centered care is the primary aspect of the ministry given to us Rachel Hagler MD serving in Kenya CALLED TO THE NATIONS MEDSEND NATIONALS PROGRAM Launched as a pilot in 2013 MedSend Nationals is now an official MedSend program that sponsors the advanced medical training of Christian national physicians in Africa Asia and the Middle East To do this we partner with International Associates organizations with established in country Christcentered medical residency programs that provide professional training spiritual development and leadership preparation for those who have already graduated from medical school The International Associates recruit train and oversee men and women who possess the requisite intellectual ability a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and desire to share it and the moral character and spiritual commitment to serve in areas of great need in their own countries All MedSend International Associates are U S based organizations that provide a high degree of verification and accountability National grant recipient Dr Musa Greville with a patient in Kenya Photo by Robert Dobler 70910 indd 10 Name changed or withheld for security reasons 5 25 17 4 22 PM
   Training nationals in nursing gives them job potential, and improves their health and that of their communities as they...
CALLED TO CONNECT MedSend is truly strategic No other ministry focuses exclusively on making it possible for career healthcare missionaries to serve effectively or brings together so many other global healthcare missions organizations in this pursuit MedSend was born out of collaboration Today our founding group of 16 missions sending agencies known as MedSend Associates has grown to more than 55 MedSend Associates We rely on them to provide screening training assignment oversight and accountability for MedSend grant recipients In addition we now work with 7 International Associates that provide Christian advanced medical training programs for MedSend Nationals grant recipients From the start we have sought ways to use MedSend s unique position to facilitate interagency connections and improve the effectiveness of healthcare missions In 2003 MedSend sponsored Health and Wholeness for the 21st Century in Thailand a conference for missions leaders that presented more than 40 successful health development projects from around the world In 2014 MedSend instituted an annual Medical Missions Summit that brings together MedSend Associate executives and other leaders in global healthcare missions to address important issues These popular meetings jointly sponsored with CMDA Christian Medical and Dental Associations are attended by more than 60 representatives of MedSend Associates each year Also in 2014 MedSend sponsored the Global Healthcare Workers Needs Assessment GHWNA survey GHWNA surveyed former and current MedSend grant recipients as well as representatives of MedSend Associates to evaluate the training and support of Christian cross cultural healthcare workers The survey results are being used to help missions leaders develop a stronger and more effective system for equipping and supporting healthcare missionaries GHWNA Survey Results How are we doing This 2014 survey anonymously surveyed 116 currently serving and post field MedSend grant recipients Here are some of their responses about the importance of MedSend grants and the effectiveness of the ministry the grants make possible A s a cross cultural healthcare worker do you believe you are were transforming the lives of individuals in the place where you work worked YES 86 currently serving 80 post field As a cross cultural healthcare worker do did you have regular opportunities to share good news with people where you serve served YES 85 currently serving and 80 post field As a cross cultural healthcare worker do did you believe your work has had an impact in meeting the spiritual needs of people where you serve served YES 91 currently serving and 77 post field If I had not received a MedSend grant my cross cultural healthcare work would have 70910 indd 11 5 25 17 4 22 PM
CALLED TO CONNECT MedSend is truly strategic. No other ministry focuses exclusively on making it possible for career healt...
CALLED TO PERSEVERE AND TO GIVE Surgeries are challenging as the hospital frequently runs out of supplies like sterile linens scalpels sutures and antibiotics The adult wards are also particularly difficult as there are many patients with advanced cases of HIV tuberculosis and cancer With limited lab tests and medications there are few options for diagnosis and treatment Despite these challenges I love the ministry I have to patients and hospital staff and have many ideas for process improvement and education I hope to implement in the years ahead Marc Carrigan MD a MedSend physician who serves at a district hospital in Uganda I serve at a clinic in one of the communities surrounding one of the largest garbage dumps in Central America Many patients carry heavy burdens when they enter our clinic There is no medicine that will help them except for the healing love of Jesus And while I feel like there is so little that I can do it s a privilege to be there offer a listening ear pray with patients and share Christ s love with them and just treat them with respect and offer them my time Amie Bockstahler RN MedSend nurse serving in Guatemala We thank God for YOU After 25 years of global healthcare ministry the physical and spiritual needs of the people our healthcare professionals minister to on the field are still great even staggering But our God is greater Even as He has called MedSend to new and greater challenges He has provided passionate supporters like you Your prayers and financial gifts have made it possible for MedSend healthcare professionals to bring healthcare and the Good News of Jesus love to people living with poverty and oppression in the U S and throughout the world Inspired by the courage and compassion of MedSend s founders we pledge to persevere in extending the love of Christ through global healthcare missions around the world We trust that He will continue to call faithful Christ followers who are willing to go and to give Thank you for your partnership We hope you share our excitement over what God has planned for the next 25 years 2016 AT A GLANCE TOTAL GRANTS PAID IN 2016 1 471 269 154 900 for MedSend Nationals grant recipients In 2016 228 MedSend healthcare professionals were receiving funds and served in more than 75 countries where they Cared for more than 243 550 people Personally shared about Christ with more than 27 600 people Served on teams that shared about Christ with more than 175 508 people Personally led more than 1 583 people to faith in Christ Served on teams that led more than 2 024 people to faith in Christ Personally discipled more than 1 198 people Served on teams that discipled more than 3 919 people MedSend 999 Oronoque Lane Stratford CT 06614 203 891 8223 medsend org 70910 indd 12 5 25 17 4 22 PM
CALLED TO PERSEVERE . . . AND TO GIVE    Surgeries are challenging, as the hospital frequently runs out of supplies like s...