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Jesus went about all the cities & villages...

"Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:35-36).

Jesus tri-fold ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing provides us with a model for medical missions. This model provides the basis for the vision behind the medical ministry in Ukraine. 

Ministry Purpose: To support and assist the ABWE-Ukraine team goal of facilitating a national church-planting movement and training leadership.

How Can Medical Ministry Fulfill this Purpose? 
Many people will not admit spiritual need until they are sick and vulnerable.  A Christian doctor or nurse has unique openings to share the gospel with their patients.  A medical missionary can impact lay people and professionals through evangelism and discipleship. The medical ministry here in Ukraine provides opportunities for one on one evangelism and discipleship as well as opportunities for coming alongside our Ukrainian partners to encourage and assist them in their evangelistic, discipleship & church planting efforts.

Why Ukraine?
Many villages have little or no medical care.  Because of the economic crisis, many cannot afford the few medicines that are available.  There is corruption in the medical system making it difficult for people to know which medical professionals they can trust, and they cannot get proper medical care without cash payment. This provides us with an opportunity to meet a very real physical need while also opening the door for effective evangelism and discipleship. While a number of churches have sprung up within the cities of Ukraine in recent years, there are still many villages without a gospel witness. 

How is it done? Village Evangelism
We are able to hold clinics in villages where churches are being planted by our Ukrainian partners and where a critical need for health care exists.  In this manner, we are able to assist these growing churches in making contacts with unsaved villagers, as well as share Christ with patients who are spiritually hungry.

Browse the website for more information on the history of the ministry, current news, and ways you can be involved. If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us.

To catch a glimpse of what village medical ministry looks like, check out this video.

Dr. Miriam Wheeler - mrwheeler@abwe.cc

Holly Friesen FNP - esperanza@abwe.cc