What can you and I do to relieve suffering–practical, hands-on things to help people who are limited in helping themselves because of poverty, war, human trafficking and location? Jesus taught us to love one another and to be givers. Let’s fight the rise of hatred with kindness and caring.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Theresa
MARCH 2018 – Eye Glasses for Africa. A team of Medical Professionals is preparing to leave soon to bring free medical aid to people in a remote region of Africa. They will be seeing between 200 to 400 people a day, and there are line ups as long as 1500 in an area every day because the people have no other help. Clinics are usually set up for a period of two weeks at a time until medical supplies are exhausted. Surgery goes on. All the medical supplies needed have to be brought with the team.
I’m gathering eye glasses, any kind, to help people in Africa.
Doctors and volunteers are paying for their own flight while keeping their own businesses functioning. Imagine the costs to ship of all the supplies that will be needed, and keeping the team fed and housed. Would you like to volunteer to go and help out? This humanitarian effort could be far more than just glasses, but let’s do something to help. Here is a brief video that shows you what life in Africa for a medical team is like.
Lots of us are already involved with Samaritans’ Purse Christmas shoe box program, sending little gifts to children around the world at Christmas. This is Billy Graham’s son’s organization that has other branches in its work, like providing shoes for children’s feet to prevent soil born diseases. See World Medical Missions.
Eye glasses, hearing aides, shoes, water wells and water filtering systems, medicines and food. Even shipping containers turned into schools, a shelter, a water facility in refuge camps for showers and washing dishes. All these things are desperately needed all over Africa and other countries.
Here is a list of some of the agencies I find that are sending medical teams or supplies around to the world to provide life-saving surgeries, medicines and eye glasses for its people.
The Lost Tribes of Israel – Jewish Voice Missions International returning soon to Abbis Abba, Ethiopia and other African countries. www.losttribes.tv to provide fresh water, humanitarian aid and the Good News of Yeshua. Articles on their website about what a camp setup looks like, requirements to go, even a packing list of things needed. Fascinating reading.
Map International: providing medical packs for non professionals and professionals heading overseas, including the paperwork for customs. The source for basic supplies that Medical Teams need to take with them, even the shipping compartment that sails for Africa. Costs $7,000 to $9,000 just to send one shipping container across the ocean to Africa. Some countries are now imposing taxes upon arrival costing anywhere up to $25,000, a serious problem for groups wanting to bring free aid to those in need. You can fly into Africa and take a suitcase or two of supplies with you that is not taxed.
Christian Medical MIssion – sending supplies and medical personnel around the world. Disaster Relief.
Joyce Myers Ministries: her TV and conference messages from the Bible helped save my life when I lost all hope, and has helped me ever since. Her work extends to world-wide feeding and housing children, vets and the homeless and so much more. This organization I highly recommend.
MEDICAL NEWS : Drones are being used in Rwanda to fly medical tests and blood supplies to and from remote regions.
…Love is patient and kind
lt does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud
It does not dishonour others; it is not self seeking
It is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always persevers.
Love never fails…three remain: faith, hope and love. But the
greatest of these is LOVE
I Corinthians 13 – The Holy Bible
“Because Jesus went to the poor, we go to the poor, not that we are better than them or have power over them, but because we share a basic brokenness as humans at the deepest heart level. To serve people broken by oppression and the sheer weight of injustice and poverty. We have to first allow ourselves to be broken by God. Then we must daily increase our passion for God’s justice and love. This qualities us to serve the poor.”
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
(Luke 4:18-19 The Holy Bible)