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Articles from Winter 1996

international ministries

Editorial

Should we only report good news? In the history of God's people the news IS good because God reigns. Looking at individual incidents there is much to cause concern or of which to be ashamed. The same is true of mission today. The history of the Africa Inland Mission is...

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Either/Or

Three years ago, when Oasis opened the Elizabeth Baxter health centre a reporter from a well-known radio asked me what we hoped to achieve. I replied that our aim was to provide quality primary health care for central London's homeless population. He seemed unconvinced "After all" he told me, "you're...

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Bosnia. But what can we do about it?

About SOS Bosnia SOS Bosnia is a medical relief organisation which was set up in the autumn of 1992 in response to the tragedy in the former Yugoslavia. Since then we have developed good medical contacts with hospitals in many different parts of Bosnia. The hospital Fax to us lists...

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Beijing Elective

I undertook my elective for eight weeks in the Third Hospital of Beijing Medical University attached to the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the Department of Cardiology. In my time there, I observed the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using herbal medicine, acupuncture and massage which are the...

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Elective Report Summaries

KAPSOWAR HOSPITAL, KENYA. Alex found being on call and decision making during the first two weeks difficult especially not knowing any obstetrics and gynaecology but was supported by the hospital missionary staff. He found it hard to watch a young mother with AIDS die but death seemed more a part...

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Are Missionaries needed in Medical work?

Why still care about health care? The old sign-board needs a coat of paint. When we left 21 years ago it invitingly read 'Lokori Hospital'. A few years later someone had repainted it 'Lokori Health Centre'. Now the Turkana sun has reduced it to virtual illegibility - a mute testimony...

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Liberia - Is the work finished?

Following the evacuation of the three remaining SIMers in early May the entire ELWA complex (Radio, Hospital, Academy and housing) were abandoned to the war. Over the next few days the buildings were stripped of everything portable. The 50 kilowatt transmitter had been nearly ready to resume broadcasts in major...

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Bush Doctor comes to town

Not many years ago, the University Teaching Hospital in Zambia's capital city of Lusaka wasn't a place you wanted to go to if you were sick. Its reputation, facilities, medical care and treatment were extremely poor. Unfortunately for those who had to use its services, they had no choice. It...

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Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda

Dr Donald Brownlie writes from the only properly functioning hospital in the Luweero District of Uganda. In spite of threatened deficits the facilities grow. Talented staff, both national and expatriate, and other provision from churches and mission agencies, have kept fees at levels which the poor can afford and not...

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A story from Lalitpur, India

Dr Nirma Bachan in Lalitpur tells the following story. Two brothers found to have tuberculosis, were treated for half price.Kishori Lal attended regularly but did not improve. His brother was very irregular but improved. The hospital found that Kishori was giving his treatment to his younger brother. A further concession...

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Medical Mission: A Christian Imperative?

Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to "Go and make disciples of all nations...." (Matt 28:19). The case is therefore often put: "Ought not missionaries to spend all their time in preaching and discipling, rather than seeking the physical well-being of the people whom they are trying to reach?" "Isn't the...

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