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Our World Looks A Little Different Today

Posted on August 1, 2014 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Patient Stories, Programs, Volunteering | 2 comments

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Today was like any day for many people.  We got up and dressed, had breakfast and began our day.  We immediately faced the challenges of our activities, succeeded to overcome some, maybe lost a few battles along the way.  It’s life, and one that we should continue to thank God we have a chance to lead.  Others are not so fortunate.  Right now there are two medical professionals in West Africa that are fighting for their lives.  That is a whole different kind of challenge and resonates very deeply with many members of the Medical Ministry International team.

MMI is a development organization that is focused on being intentional to build capacity and provide quality medical care to the less fortunate.  The issues related to Ebola happening in West Africa are complicated in that there are no quality facilities to be able to care for these poor people that contract this virus.  There is currently a 90% death rate for those that are infected, but we have learned that if the disease is caught in time and the proper medical care is administered, the disease can be overcome.

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Currently as I write this, there is an Air Ambulance that is in route to Liberia to hopefully bring the two American medical heroes back to a controlled facility in Atlanta.  These people have risked their lives in service for the less fortunate and are an extreme example of the love and passion that all of us that are involved in this type of work face on a regular basis.  This is God’s work and for those that have never done it, it may be hard to understand.  I personally have been in the very locations where this disease is running rampant and my heart is weeping for these wonderful people that have done nothing but be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  We must continue to pray for their well being.

Should you be concerned about the infected people being brought to the U.S.?  That is a logical question and you should not feel bad about asking it.  Let’s face it, you are concerned about your family and friends too!  The answer is, no.  This virus can be contained and the issue really comes down to making an effort to rescue these heroes on the front line, or leaving them in conditions that may cost them their lives.  They deserve better and thank God that He has provided the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to go get them and bring them back to the U.S.  We must continue to pray that this team can reach them in time and win the battle over this dreadful disease.

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When all is said and done, organizations like MMI must continue to work in some pretty difficult places to reach the less fortunate and eventually provide the services necessary that can address issues like ebola.  It’s a dreadful disease and a terrible way to die.  Is there some risk at times, yes, but if we don’t continue to reach out, more lives will be lost.  This is an extreme situation and it will die down and the risk will go down dramatically, but that will give us time to try and help these areas improve their services so that hopefully, one day, they too can stem the impact that this disease can make on their communities and country.

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  • Gary Laabs

    Thoughts and prayers!

  • http://www.mmint.org/ Samuel Smith

    Keep them coming, Gary! This is a marathon not a sprint, but we are making progress and it is our goal to see this type of disease contained if not eradicated in the future.