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Articles from Issue 12, Spring 2004

international ministries

Director’s Editorial

Over the New Year holiday, I attended the funeral of my wife’s grandfather. A Godly man, head of a large family, he had been a man of strong faith, gentle (but strong) character, and great professionalism and diligence. I knew him for only a few years, but saw in him...

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Look to the Future

In April this year, almost exactly one hundred and twenty-six years since it was founded, the MMA will hand over its work and assets to the Christian Medical Fellowship. This is a momentous occasion, because, as we have outlined in the last three editions of our magazine, the work of...

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What do you understand by 'Healthcare mission'?
The Future of Healthcare Mission in Sub-Saharan Africa

From the opening plenary address of the 2003 Healthcare Mission Forum A famous author and Poet Laureate in 1813, Robert Southey, planned to write a biography of John Wesley. He visited an old Methodist who, in his youth, had known the preacher well. He received a frosty welcome. The...

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Relief work - the mission field?

'From the field....' I am sitting under my mosquito net in a mud hut in Southern Sudan. The thermometer climbs up to 39 degrees as I finish off the monthly statistics of our feeding programme, which has 700 children registered. The situation in Southern Sudan is described as a 'complex...

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Deaf Patients ‘Hear’ the Gospel at Albanian Clinic

‘We want to help people hear and to hear the word of God,’ says Diana Shehu, an Albanian Christian who runs the only hearing clinic in her country. The ‘clinic’ is in Diana’s bedroom and the ‘waiting room’ is the hallway. But since the clinic’s opening in 1994, almost...

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Reflections and thoughts about the MMA by the President

REFLECTIONS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MMA BY THE PRESIDENT. In 1948 my wife, Peggy, and I sailed out to the then Belgian Congo as young medical missionaries. After only eight years we were forced to return to the UK in 1956 when Peggy developed a major coronary thrombosis. She was told...

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