Of course, I have compassion for the poor and people with special needs! My church reaches out to them and my family give in many ways. For goodness sakes, I, of all people understand what it’s like to live with mental illness in the family. Don’t I smile and talk to homeless people? Sometimes I even buy them a meal.
Restoring Dignity through a Smile
The mission trip to Coron was my husband, Peter’s fifth medical mission in the Philippines and my second. Peter first travelled with GAiN to Tacloban in 2014, at the invitation of Dr Malcom Hughes. At the time Peter was a builder; but not for long. He returned home with a passion for dentistry and returned to the Philippines in 2015 as a student. I agreed to accompany Peter in 2016 and travelled to Legaspi to join the team. I missed the 2017 trip but was able to accompany the team to Coron this year.
Serving in Unexpected Ways
Man heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Though we may step out onto missions without a clear idea of what we will do on the field, God has it planned from start to finish. The first time I heard about GAiN’s Philippines medical missions, I realised it was an excellent way to combine my passion for health with giving people the best medicine possible, the eternal healing message of the gospel. So after going in November 2017, I returned for the second time in February.
Created in the Image of God
Esther was a student leader in our Monash movement during her undergraduate degree and attended our local summer mission, as well as the Philippines medical project, with Power to Change's Global Aid Network (GAiN). This year she is doing Honours research at Monash Hospital. She shares the story of connecting with ‘J’, an Afghan woman who is on her research team, and inviting her to read the Bible together.
European leaders following Jesus in disciplemaking
When Matthias Langhans from Campus für Christus (Power to Change) in Switzerland brings leaders together to start the SHIFTm2M journey, he takes them on a day of pilgrimage hiking along ancient medieval pilgrim trails. They talk as they travel, stopping for times of reflection in the Word and to pray.
Absent from Evangelism, Available to God
By Crystal Au-Yeung, 3rd Year Nutrition and Dietetics, Qld Uni of Technology
I woke up knowing I was coming down with something. “Oh no, I can’t get sick!” I thought. “Please God, heal me of this cold”, I pleaded.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit
Rachel is helping to launch MyFriends Training in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Rachel was intentionally praying for her friend Elisa before being promoted by the Holy Spirit to invite her to do an Alpha course at her church. Elisa became a follower of Jesus and has experienced a significant transformation in her life. She seeks to obey Jesus in her life and relationships but initially wasn’t sure how to share her faith with others. Rachel decided to help Elisa develop a MyFriends lifestyle.