This is the last in a series of posts on Erin’s trip to North Africa. To view yesterday’s account of Erin’s trip click here.
Erin Home From North Africa, Part 4
Sometimes we wonder – Does short-term medical missions make a difference?
In North Africa Christians are arrested if they evangelize. As American medical personnel we were allowed to evangelize. We gave full gospel presentations several times and prayed with almost every patient. It was CLEAR the Holy Spirit was at work! We even had a few individuals profess their faith in Jesus Christ.
Amidst the Muslim culture, it was awesome to see the truth being preached. During evening service, as we were singing praises to the one true God, we heard the Muslim call to prayer being broadcasted on the speakers throughout the city (it was broadcast 5 times a day). Yet we kept right on singing! A true light in the darkness!
One of the patients I saw was an anorexic, which is not something they see in the Muslim culture. We spoke with her and her father at length about the severity of her condition, trying to convince them to go to the hospital immediately. At the end, we prayed with them and they left. I left that day feeling very depressed and saddened by her state, knowing that in a few short weeks she would be dead. We discovered the next day, her Uncle, a fundamentalist, militant Muslim, had found out what we had done and contacted the Pastor of our Christian church to tell him “how blessed they felt at the loving and kindness showed upon his niece.” Even if I never again see the fruit of my labor, I will never question the necessity of medical ministries!
About MikeMike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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