We know you can get involved with a lot of medical missions organizations who are motivated to do good works in the world. Last count, there are more than 1.4 million in the U.S. alone. (CSMonitor.com) Every one of these organizations/groups are no doubt filled with good intentions. So why get involved with us? What makes us different? We think the question is better stated when we ask: what’s the best way to make a sustainable impact?
God, of course, is the ultimate reason why our medical partnerships have developed and flourished and we thank him for this gift.
Over the last 50 years we have learned, gained experience and developed a unique model that is critical to the longevity of medical ministries. Our approach is premised on strengthening the church in the developing countries so they can help their neighbors. This missions model stems from our belief in the scriptural truth that God uses the church to change the world. We take that very seriously.
So we don’t ride in and do the work for the churches in the developing countries. This would be a huge mistake, which is made too often by well-intentioned churches and organizations. Instead, we mobilize churches in the US to equip the indigenous churches with skills and resources for medical ministry.
MBF has been working with most of our medical missions partners for 5, 10, 15 or 20+ years. They know us well and trust us deeply as long-term, committed partners. Relationship is one of the single most important cultural value for individuals in developing countries.
- MBF staff with professional experience in hospital administration work
- MBF establishes ongoing written agreements with each key partner to define the understanding and commitments of each party. MBF staff visit each key partner on a regular basis to review the status of progress and to provide assistance and input where requested.
- MBF receives and reviews monthly or quarterly financial updates from each key partner.
- Whenever possible, MBF recruits medical professionals (doctors, nurses, PT’s, OT’s, etc.) and business professionals (accountants, administrators, etc.) to participate in short-term teams which can provide needed expertise or training to their partner counterparts.
- MBF submits grant proposals to various organizations in the USA (USAID, etc.) on behalf of partner major projects.
- As you can imagine, doing this takes more effort than just dropping money into a project and taking the next plane back to the states. This process takes time, requiring patience and perseverance. It can get really messy. But it is the only way to make a sustainable impact for good. Healthcare development simply can’t be done in a few months.
Good intentions are not enough – sustainable impact requires long-term investments.
We build infrastructures and systems and processes and competencies. We help raise the financial support for ministries until they can be self-sustaining. Each program and project has a specific business plan, since the scope of activities varies so greatly. Specifically we focus on four main areas of medical ministry:
- Hospital and Clinic Support and Development
- Nursing Schools and Scholarships
- Critical Health Services for Women and Children
- Spiritual Ministry
We’d love to do more. But we know we can’t do everything …and do it well. We do have the expertise and experience in these areas of ministry and see them as the most effective way to make a lasting difference in the lives of people we want to serve.