The IMpact of Spiritual ministry through medical care

As a Christian organization we know Spiritual Ministry is an integral component in quality patient care. While advancements in technology allow doctors to operate and correct what is wrong with the physical self, we know that it is God who heals the heart and mind. 


Within the last five years there has been increased attention to how the spiritual health of a person affects their physical health. The Beryl Institute, a global organization dedicated to improving patient experience, released a white paper on “The Critical Role of Spirituality in Patient Experience” in December 2015. Jason A. Wolf, PHD and institute president claims that it has become one of the most downloaded papers in the institute's history.*


The article speaks to meeting the needs of the patient and improving the care given by adding a recognition of the humanity involved. The difference this makes for anyone having to deal with fear of the unknown or difficult decisions that have to be made for a loved one actually reflects through the patient satisfaction of the hospital or clinic visit.

Kevin Mwenda was admitted to MBF partner Chogoria Hospital in Kenya with a slit throat after two separate suicide attempts in the same day. After a four hour surgery to close the wound, the chaplaincy team visited him for counseling and shared the love of Jesus with him. Imagine how unloved and unwanted he had to feel to try to end his life twice. The beauty of the Gospel is that God's love heals hearts and as the team spoke to him, Kevin accepted Christ. His life was transformed because of a visit and a conversation, and his story will bless others. Chaplaincy programs are a priority to MBF partner mission hospitals whereas government hospitals may or may not have the resources for treating the whole person. 


MBF's Center for Global Nursing Development has more to say about caring for a patient's spiritual health and its positive effects HERE.

Walking alongside our partners through improved sustainability we have seen a deep desire to include a spiritual component into their patient care protocol, but in developing countries like DR Congo, Kenya, Malawi and Haiti, physical lives must be saved first and strategic spiritual development usually gets put on hold. Since discovering a process involving sharing the love of Jesus through patient care given, even the lives of the health care professionals have been transformed simply by going through the training! More research will be available as we integrate this Saline Process Training into our LifeSaver Clinic Network pilot program as well as mission hospital chaplaincy protocol. We are excited about what this means to our partners, their families and the communities they serve. 


*Thomas Hertz, Beth, "Improving the patient experience by focusing on spiritual care, Hospitalists can identify needs, collaborate with chaplains." ACPHospitalist.Org,

June 2016, https://acphospitalist.org/archives/2016/06/spiritual-care.htm