Changing Lives the Safest Way Possible
The safety of participants is always priority one at Medical Ministry International. This commitment to safety requires some very strict standards to be put in place so that the MMI Associates, Facilities, and Staff can ensure our volunteers are able to provide the life changing services they have come to do. Many may not realize some of these steps and so we try to periodically highlight some of these for you.
One of the greatest things to happen in the last 15 years for ministries like MMI, is the invention of the internet. It allows our teams to communicate information, data, etc. in a very quick and efficient manner. Along with the internet has come Social Media. We love Social Media, but it can also be a major issue when conducting services in areas of instability or unrest. Due to this, we prohibit our teams, volunteers, etc. from going into detail in relation to exact locations, etc. while in service. This delays information for only a short period of time, but it allows our teams to move freely and do the work they are there to do without concern.
Unfortunately, there have been organizations that have made the mistake of revealing great detail about their schedules, locations, etc. and this has lead to some being harmed or even killed. We don’t share this information to alarm any of our volunteers as we have very strict policies in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen. We only reveal photography, stories, etc. from the field after the services have been rendered and our teams are safely out of the area. There are people out there that have followed church groups, missionary expeditions, etc. and have made a point of targeting their efforts in order to do harm. Even when you have a trusted partner on the ground, they may have no idea that these groups are even following the social media of the group leading up to the visit.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are all great forms of communication and MMI uses these resources regularly to communicate our message to the world. It is important that we are smart in this communication so that we take full advantage of the positive nature of the Social Media platform, but also not allow it to be used against us as well. It’s just another example of the things that need to be thought about when reaching the ends of the earth to help save lives.