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The Electives Handbook

The Electives Handbook

A student elective is a great opportunity to do something different and learn new things. It's a chance to see life and medicine in another setting and to look at the world from a different perspective. For some students, it's an experience that changes the way they live and shapes their future.

Deciding what to do, where to go and how to get there can seem a daunting task. This handbook for medical and other healthcare students has been written to help you think through the options and issues. It gives information and advice to guide you through the process, from finding a placement, to setting off and finally coming home.

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Short-Term Medical Work

Short-Term Medical Work
Good practice guidelines for short visits and mission teams

Short-term medical visits can be a valuable and inspiring learning experience for the visitor and can make a useful contribution to medical work overseas, but trips that have not been well-planned and thought-through can cause problems. This booklet will help doctors planning a short-term visit to think through the issues involved and avoid the pitfalls. It provides guidelines for good medical practice in low-income settings so that visitors are a help and not a hindrance, can make the most of their visit.

A free pdf version is available to download here.

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I Could Do That!

I Could Do That!

I could do that!

Most missionary books leave us feeling that health professionals who work overseas in developing countries are spiritual superheroes, a different breed. In short, 'I couldn't do that!'

These 15 short accounts turn that right round. They include

  • newly qualified newly weds
  • an 88 year old who could serve abroad
  • nurses working in Africa and Asia
  • an OT in South America and a dentist doing development
  • a woman who moved cross-culturally within India
  • a refugee camp paediatrician
  • early retired GPs majoring on medical education

One story at least must make you say: 'I could do that!'

This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pages

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Can it be Me?

Can it be Me?
Already a best-selling author for Honourably Wounded, she gives open, honest and humorous insights into her own life. This fully illustrated book is both moving and inspiring.

Marjory has spent over 30 years as a medical missionary in India and Nepal. Responding to huge needs, she later specialised in psychiatry and became the director of a leading Christian Psychiatric Centre in India.

Since then she has had an itinerant ministry amongst the missionary community in over 40 countries and she continues to inspire and motivate all those she meets - both personally or via her writing.
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Travelling Light

Travelling Light

Daily Bible meditations for student electives

Travelling Light - a companion for your elective helping you:

  • shine the light of God's word on your experiences
  • look at people and places through God's eyes
  • readings and reflections by professionals who've gone before you
  • encouragement, insight and fresh challenges.

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel
WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT OF US? Is faith just about going to Church, studying the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins – or does God expect more? Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?

Over ten years ago, Richard Sterns came face to face with that question as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. Stern's journey there took much more than a long flight to Africa. It took answering God's call on his life, a call that tore him out of his corner office at one of America's most prestigious corporations – to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world.

The Hole in Our Gospel is the compelling true story of a corporate CEO who set aside worldly success for something far more significant, and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life. He uses his journey to demonstrate how the gospel – the whole gospel – was always meant to be a world changing social revolution, a revolution that begins with us

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When helping hurts

When helping hurts
Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.

A path forward is found, not through providing resources to the poor, but instead by walking with them in humble relationships.

Whether you're involved in short-term missions or the long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach you three key areas.
  • Foundational Concepts (Who are the poor?)
  • Principles (Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?)
  • Strategies (How can we help people effectively home and abroad?)

An additional two chapters and conclusion will help you apply thte teaching to your situation and take the next steps more quickly. It's your best way to a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.

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Generous Justice

Generous Justice
It is commonly thought that the Bible is a great hindrance to real justice.

Isn't it full of old-fashioned views? Didn't it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance in building a more just society today?

But Timothy Keller sees it differently, In GENEROUS JUSTICE, he explores how to live a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Keller calls on the life-long Christians to acknowledge the fraudulence of a faith without concern for justice for the poor – and challenges sceptics to recognise that the Bible can and must contribute to a modern understanding of justice.

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Good News to the Poor

Good News to the Poor
How do we respond to the silent appeal in the dark eyes of the child in the charity catalogue, or the blanketed figure in the cold shop-doorway? Should we share the gospel with them, or a bowl of soup?

Throughout history, men and women such as Wilberforce, Shaftesbury, Carey and Booth have recognised a call to help the needy. Others have argued that our first task is evangelism, that Christian should not meddle in politics, that social action is a distraction. Do we serve Christ through preaching his Word, or should we use words only when necessary?

Tim Chester argues passionately that evangelism and social action are inseparable as two arms of the church's mission. He presents a biblical case for truly evangelical social action that is shaped and inspired by the cause of the oppressed, and those involved in social action not to neglect the preaching of the Word.

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Operation World

Operation World

If you want to have a powerful and meaningful prayer life, if you want to impact the nations for Christ through prayer – Operation World is for you. Join millions of praying people around the world using this book to inform, inspire and ignite their prayers.

When you hear a country mentioned in the news or in a conversation and you want to know more about it and what God is doing there – this book will help you. Engage your heart and mind in global prayer with this thoroughly researched, fully updated seventh edition. It is loaded with clear, concise, accurate information on peoples, languages, religions, denominations, spiritual trends and prayer needs – for every country in the world, from the largest to the smallest.

Operation World's easy-to-follow summaries of every nation include:

Timely challenges for prayer and specific answers to prayer

Updates on church growth, with a focus on evangelicals

Population, people group and language statistics

Charts and maps showing global religious and demographic trends

Explanations of major currents in economics, politics and society

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