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Medical Mercy Leaves For India

Please join us in praying for the Medical Mercy team which leaves tomorrow for their third trip to India. Medical Mercy last served children in India in January of 2012. Dr. Beyda shared how they choose where to serve and what they expect to do during this trip.

I am often asked how and why we choose the countries we go to. It is not that complex. We go where we think the greatest need is for the children at that point in time. So off we go to India, to a different location. South, on the very tip of India where One Child Matters has several projects with many children who are in need of medical care and nutritional assessments. A team of of several doctors and more than a dozen nurses and lay members will be leaving.

I remember India well. The children have an aura of the unkempt, many with bags under their eyes, sunken and void of emotion, and with hair that is coated with dirt. I remember the times that we were faced with making critical decisions as to whether we could help a child or not. We did most of the time.

Sometimes we can’t for reasons that may surprise you. No medical facility to send the child to that can offer the medical interventions that are needed and sometimes (yes, hard to believe) parents who don’t see the need to pursue medical treatment, believing instead in an obscure spiritual healing that is contrary to the evidence that there needs to be a partnership between medicine and religion. It is then that I realize that the critical moments in life always arrive with astonishing suddenness and then they are gone without us being able to do anything about them.

I try to make the right decisions for my patients but there are times when I am in a moral gray area. How far can we go with limited resources and realistic outcomes? It’s the age-old battle between mind and heart, which seldom want the same thing.

We will see over 1500 patients in five days if all works out as planned. I pray that as we serve those who come to us for help, they will be comforted by the fact that whatever we do, it will be a validation of who they are: persons. No judgment, no pity, simply caring and love. For me, each day that we are with them, we validate that the power of the human spirit and faith can endure any challenge, no matter how daunting.

We will post updates from the team as they are able to send them -- sometimes the internet does not always cooperate. But as this special team ministers to the children in southern India, we hope you join us in prayer and praise God with us for the way He equips His people to meet the needs of others.

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