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Christians in Healthcare

HOWARD LYONS MSc BSc(Econ) FHSM MIPD, Director
Christians in Healthcare (CHC) was established in 1987 to try to help all Christians working in healthcare, regardless of their status, to be more effective in their day to day witness at work.

It seeks to encourage the setting up of fellowship meetings in hospitals in which all Christians can take part.

It does not seek to undermine the importance of Christian's involvement in their local church but recognises the unique nature of hospital work and the calling which many feel to become involved in caring for the sick.

Overseas Activities
Christians in Healthcare offers advice to those wanting to serve the Lord overseas especially in Middle Eastern countries where working with a medical missionary organisation is proscribed. Christians can witness to colleagues and patients who might otherwise never hear the gospel usually by actions rather than words.

Emergency Relief
Christians in Healthcare is involved in emergency relief operations and has participated in the Evangelical Missionary Alliance's Rapid Response to Major Disasters programme. Over the past three years, CHC has provided support to teams taking urgent supplies to hospitals in Central Bosnia.

In Africa, CHC has supported research and field work to help computerise medical records in a missionary hospital in Botswana and to use appropriate information technology in the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases at primary care level. Help is given to those either returning to this country from or preparing to go to medical mission work overseas. A very experienced midwife worked in a small clinic in a remote part of Zambia for 25 years and was forced to return to the UK on health grounds. For the past five years she has been working very effectively as a pastoral carer in a London church whilst holding a part time job in a GP practice.

Support with Training
Another midwife is being helped to train at Bible College having just finished a course in tropical medicine. On completion she hopes to work in Zaire.

Christians in Healthcare is a small charity (Registered number 328018) with limited resources but one of its unfulfilled aims has been to publish a quarterly magazine to highlight opportunities overseas and provide a focal point for news about Christian Fellowships in hospitals and primary care in Britain. The Overseas Vacancies (Opportunities for Service) section in Saving Health has, to a large extent, met the needs of people who have approached CHC asking about such work.

CHC and MMA
It seems appropriate therefore to consider the possibility of a closer association between CHC's overseas activities and MMA's promotion of medical mission in regard to the funding of Saving Health and its circulation to a wider readership. Over the next few issues Saving Health will be including articles written by healthcare personnel who have been supported by CHC.

If you would like further details on CHC please write to Howard Lyons, 11 Grove Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2AP.
E-mail: howardlyons@msn.com

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