"Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel." - Matthew 15:30-31
"There was an old lady holding her sick grandson," reported our partner in Pakistan.
It starts like many of the most famous stories in the four Gospels. "And a man was there with a withered hand"...or a "mother-in-law lying sick with a fever"...or a ruler saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death."
Then Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and Healer, would compassionately touch these sick and suffering people and heal them of their illness or injury.
Want to know the best part about each of these stories?
He's still doing it.
Day-in and day-out, there are millions of people around the world who are sick and suffering who do not have access to adequate healthcare or medical assistance. For some, the financial resources simply do not exist in their communities. For others, the nearest medical personnel may be miles and miles away.
Jesus, working through His body of believers around the world, is still healing the sick and loving those who are suffering.
Many see modern medicine and now-a-day medical professionals as an indication that God is no longer working supernatural miracles of healing in the world. We would like to challenge that definition of "miracle" with a change of perspective.
Is it not a miracle that there are hundreds of thousands of medicines and supplies that are relatively cheap to produce, effective in treatment, and easy to distribute? Is it not a miracle that God has blessed certain men and women with incredible depths of knowledge, wisdom, and practice in using these medicines and supplies? Is it not a miracle that basic life-saving medical treatment information can now be accessed at our fingertips on tiny computers we carry in our pockets?
God's still doing it. It just looks a little bit different.
IDES was recently blessed with the opportunity to sponsor a free medical clinic for our partner mission in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim nation, specifically to serve the poor and marginalized in their community.
"There was an old lady holding her sick grandson. The baby was given a free medical checkup and medicines. On a follow-up [visit], the poor family [was] very grateful to IDES staff and donors," our partner said. "The poor family also showed desire that such medical camps must be setup again and again to meet the medical requirements of the extremely poor people in Pakistan."
It's a simple act to provide basic medical necessities to those who are sick, and your generosity makes it possible. The worldwide needs are obvious, and the spiritual results are astounding. After providing medical attention to each patient, our partners share the good news of Jesus with them, making it very clear that this help is from God and His people.
Here's another example from our Pakistan partners of the impact being made with your help:
"A Muslim old man named Muhammad (first picture below)...age 75 years old came to our medical camp being very weak and sick. He was given a free medical checkup and medicines. After two weeks our medical team visited him again and found him in healthy condition. Muhammad appreciates IDES free medical aid and further remarked that Christian people are doing worthy work for the poor humanity around the world. He and his family give a lot of thanks..."
Friends, let's rejoice in this victory! Every time a sick person is helped or healed, another seed for the Gospel is sown into their hearts.
In light of the recent terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan (read more about it here: https://www.ides.org/news/he-meant-what-he-said ), it is essential that we come together both in prayer and in support for those who are hurting. We cannot predict how many and when people may be hurt again, but we do know that our Lord Jesus Christ is already victorious over evil and over death through the Resurrection.
In our Pakistan partner's own words, "Medical Camps are the best way [of] sharing the Word of God [with] other nations."