This weekend we had an amazing opportunity to join with people from across the world to bring awareness and support to the work of Medical Ministry International. The event was the idea of two MMI Volunteers that have caught the vision and the passion to help MMI build medical capacity and change the lives of the less fortunate. It’s a great example of the many seeds that are being planted and cultivated to ensure that the poorest of the poor have a voice.
The freedom to have a voice is one that may seem commonplace to many and yet the very right to speak one’s mind is not even a consideration. The vote this coming Thursday in Scotland is a great example of a privilege that many around the world only dream of being possible. The people of Scotland are set to determine whether they remain a part of the United Kingdom or become a country again after over 300 years as part of the UK. It’s a pretty big deal, and one that is especially interesting to me.
Much has been made in the news the last few days related to professional athlete, Ray Rice, and the video showing him knocking out his now wife with one punch to the head. This video is offensive to anyone who sees it, but it highlights a much bigger issue that we face in places where the rest of the world will most likely never see it.
We talk quite often about the need to build medical capacity to thwart the impact of disease in areas of poverty. It’s the core of our focus at Medical Ministry International in that we are intentional in our efforts to help the poor help themselves and not create a “welfare” mentality. The Washington Post just released an article that touches on the fact that the ebola crisis in West Africa is distracting from issues that are far more devastating than even this horrific disease. They have a point, but they miss the real issue and that is the establishment of medical infrastructure to combat all the illness being faced by the poor.