Mex2-2014Short-term medical and dental evangelism

GDMMissions has ministered in over fifty countries since its founding in 1996 to provide medical and dental care to assist missionaries and local churches to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Field Teams of health care professionals are assembled and deployed around the world for short-term tours of one to three weeks in strategic locations where medical and dental work can be instrumental in opening doors to expand and/or plant local churches.  These teams are made up of our full time missionaries, associate missionaries, and volunteers (medical, dental, and other skilled health care personal) who have a desire to use their God-given gifts and abilities to share the Gospel with the nations.

Our Philosophy: GDMMissions is grounded in a core philosophy whose primary objective is sending and supporting dental and medical missionaries to foreign countries to present the Gospel and assist in establishing local churches. Our desire is “…that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” (3 John 8) through dental and medical service to draw attention to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Follow-up clinics in eastern Samar

Missionary JP Pornan recently wrote (see photo left): "Lydia, the lady at the right side of the picture, accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior during the medical mission held at their barangay last February. She approached me and begged to teach her how to study the Bible, and eventually, she came to know Christ and placed her trust in Him as her Savior. She has since been a diligent student of God's Word, wanting her own family, too, to know the Lord through the Bible. These are her children, and the lady at the left is her neighbor interested to study the Scriptures with us.

 

"I remember Lydia whom the Apostle Paul met by the river in Philippi, and she, together with her household, were the first Christian converts in Philippi. In similar fashion, we also have a Lydia here in Guiuan, a seeker of the Lord. We are praying that her whole household will soon be faithful followers of the Lord."

GDMMissions has been involved in ongoing ministries in the Philippines since 2008.  Our goal has always been to use medical and dental ministries in cooperation with local churches to reach out into new areas of the country to establish new churches. Three of our Associate Missionaries  are from the Philippines. GDMMissions sent two doctors to the Philippines with disaster and medical relief within two weeks of the islands being hit by Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Another team revisited the islands of Cebu, Leyte, and Samar in February, 2104. A medical and dental evangelism Field Team will deploy to eastern Samar Island May, 2014 to follow up with those who made professions of faith in the past two trips and to explore locations to start three churches in that region. For more information on this trip and a schedule of other GDMMissions upcoming ministries, see our Upcoming Ministries page.

Ministry Geography: The Philippine islands are an archipelago of over 7,000 islands lying about 500 mi (805 km) off the southeast coast of Asia. Only about 7% of the islands are larger than one square mile, and only one-third have names. The largest are Luzon in the north (40,420 sq mi; 104,687 sq km), Mindanao in the south (36,537 sq mi; 94,631 sq km), and Visayas (23,582 sq mi; 61,077 sq km). Recent trips by GDMMissions have been to the islands of Leyte and Samar located in the southeast of the nation.

 

Benin12-2013-1Groundbreaking work at clinic site

GDMMissions has been involved in northern Benin for the past several years, and is currently working to establish a permanent medical clinic to reach out with the Gospel to Muslim tribes in the areas around the village of Boiffo. Working with the local church pastor and believers, and missionaries on the field, the clinic will provide basic medical care and open many opportunities to share the saving message of Jesus Christ.  Land has already been secured, a well is being constructed, and plans are underway to register the clinic with the national government. Medical and dental evangelism Field Teams will go to Benin in August and December, 2014 to form relationships with tribes in the northern part of the country and share the Gospel at daily clinics. For more information on these trips and a schedule of other GDMMissions upcoming ministries, see our Upcoming Ministries page.

 

Ministry Geography: The Republic of Benin is a small country in West Africa bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The northern part of the country is sub-Saharan agricultural land populated by tribes with their own languages and cultures that embrace a mix of Islamism and animist. Benin covers an area of approximately 115,000 square kilometers (42,000 sq mi), with a population of approximately 10 million.

 

Benin Clinic Project

Please join us as GDMMissions seeks to establish a permanent medical clinic among the Dendi people of Benin, West Africa. The purpose of the Benin Clinic is to contribute to the spiritual and physical health of the people of northern Benin. The clinic will facilitate medical services, education, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training under the oversight of missionaries and local pastors, while operating closely with the local Baptist church in Bofo.

Everyone can have an active part in the Benin Clinic Project through prayer.  Paul’s simple request to the believers in Thessalonica was:  “Brethren, pray for us”  (I Thessalonians 5:25).   That is our request too as we work to take the Gospel to northern Benin and to help missionaries plant new churches.

We look to individuals and local churches who are interested in missions, and medical missions in particular, to join with us in the spiritual battle to take the Gospel to northern Benin through the Benin Clinic Project.  We ask for your prayers in the following areas:

  • That we would be allowed by the Benin Government to continue conducting dental and medical clinics and to give out the Gospel.  (Colossians 4:3) 
  • That we would effectively preach the Word of God and that it would have “free course” (2 Thessalonians 3:1) among its hearers. 
  • That we would “open [our] mouth boldly” to proclaim the Gospel at every opportunity. (Ephesians 6:19)
  • That we would be faithful “ambassadors for Christ” before those who do not know Him. (II Corinthians 5:20)
  • That prayer supporters would be faithful in praying as they partner with us in the work of the ministry. 

The Apostle Paul not only asked believers to pray for him and his team, but he himself prayed much for those who supported him and his ministry.  Be assured that we do likewise and uplift those who have a part in this ministry, whether through prayer, financial gifts, or hands-on participation in mission activities.

For more information on this project, go to the website at beninclinic.com

FB5Medical and dental clinics in Chuuk

For more than seven years, GDMMissions has worked with missionaries in the Federated States of Micronesia, using medical and dental care to help reach the lost for Christ.  This care is much-needed and appreciated, especially by those who live on remote islands. Free medical and dental care often opens doors to present the Gospel in communities that would not otherwise be open to it.  A medical and dental evangelism Field Team ministry is scheduled to the island of Chuuk in July, 2014 in cooperation with Chuukese students from Harvest Baptist Bible College in Guam. For more information on this trip and a schedule of other GDMMissions upcoming ministries,see our Upcoming Ministies page.

 

Ministry Geography: The Federated States of Micronesia is composed of the island states of Yap, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei (Ponape), and Kosrae, all in the Caroline Islands. The islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low coral atolls, with volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Chuuk. They are located 3,200 mi (5,150 km) west-southwest of Hawaii, in the north Pacific Ocean and include more that 2,000 islands.

 

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