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Why We Do What We Do!

Posted on February 21, 2013 in General Ministry, MMI, Patient Stories, Volunteering | 2 comments

This photo is from an MMI Team this week serving in an area of Asia. This poor girl had an ovarian cyst that weighed almost as much as she did, over 48 lbs! It is graphic, but I am sharing it to make a very important point to those that ask “Why did you give up a successful career to do this?” I always laugh as, I didn’t give up anything, in fact I am using the gifts God has given me to serve a much higher cause….the poor. This tumor was benign and the prognosis for this young girl is very good! Praise God! It does bring up an important point that I would like to share with you today.

Tumors like this normally are addressed in the western world immediately before they even become an issue. If your child hurts her knee on the playground, you can go down the street to Urgent Care or a Doctor and be seen immediately for a minor or major issue. The areas that MMI serves are totally different. A simple skinned knee can cause a major infection and even death. Early in my work in Ministry we had a young girl that had hurt her leg walking home from school. In less than 3 days, she had a major bacterial infection known as Noma that was not only attacking her leg, but eating away at her face. We were able to save her, but barely and with a lot of medical attention. Things like a simple Tetanus shot, etc. can save lives, but we have to reach them before it is too late.

Most people will never have to face the issues that our teams see on a regular basis. We could just ignore the issue, or we could try and do something about it. That’s what motivates me, the Team at MMI, and anyone that chooses to leave the comfort of home to serve. If you can’t join us, then how about trying to support us? The return on your investment is more than you could ever realize.

Change Lives!