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In the closing months of 1989, a brutal civil war erupted in Liberia and soon engulfed the small West African country. At the time, T. Abraham Browne was in high school, and the senseless killings forced him and his siblings to flee for their lives to escape the bloodshed. They reached a refugee camp where Abraham would spend the next 10 years.

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It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—a late night phone call from a team leader is usually not a good sign. That one phone call set off a chain of events that impacted our ministry in ways we could not have imagined.

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Promises in the Dark by Dr. Eric McLaughlin strengthens the hearts of readers to persevere in God’s calling to walk with those in need. As a missionary doctor in Africa, McLaughlin knows how walking closely with those who suffer and bearing others’ burdens can easily lead to burnout or cynicism—unless we find the path to perseverance that the Lord provides.

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The Handbook of Medicine by Dennis Palmer, DO; Catherine E. Wolf, MD, MPH; and Burton W. Lee, MD

Have you ever seen a patient with leprosy? What are the symptoms of Dengue Fever? What is the best drug to use for the routine deworming of children? How should you treat a pregnant woman with malaria? Have you ever diagnosed leishmaniasis?

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CMDA Member Dr. Cindy Anthis found herself facing an unexpected situation when her local community in Texas was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Anthis shares how her clinic responded to the hurricane and its aftermath.

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Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

In this article from the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Bryant Stoudt shares seven ideas that you can use to apply what you learned on a mission trip in your busy, everyday life.

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Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself, “What changed?” Did she make the wrong career choice? Does she care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.

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Most of us have been involved to varying degrees with different types of training: training for our specialties, to run a race, to get in shape, to eat healthier, to get better in our areas of interest. We put tremendous amounts of time into our professional training. But what about our spiritual training? Dr. Jeff Amstutz discusses this topic in this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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What do you do when a patient asks for prayer but you’re too busy to take the time? In today’s world of healthcare, where efficiency is the driver, how do you take the time to include your faith in your practice? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explains how you can offer both efficient care and spiritual care in your practice.

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There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier’s message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to today’s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

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Finding Your Mission in Dentistry

As I entered “Ms. V’s” room, I could see her neck and leg braces, and as I came around the dental chair to greet her, I could see pain in her face. Two days before, she was hit by a car while crossing the road and her two front teeth were broken all the way to the nerve. It was obvious her entire body hurt, but she said the pain from her teeth was simply unbearable.

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Five hundred million heathens have not yet been evangelized, so it is computed! Yet our great Missionary Societies have reached high water-mark, and if they have not already begun to retrench they are seriously thinking of doing so. Meanwhile, the heart of Asia, the heart of Africa, and well nigh the whole continent of South America, are untouched with the Gospel of Christ.

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A Return to Cuba: Opening Doors for Christ

Twenty years ago, God called me to return to Cuba, the country where I was raised by my parents before it was overtaken by a communist regime that vehemently opposed my belief in Christ and severely discriminated against people of faith. And yet, it was the country that desperately needed to hear about the love of Christ.

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Preparing to Thrive Among Dust and Thorns

That was something we heard repeatedly from overseas workers as we prepared to move to North Africa. It’s easier to see the truth in that now, as I sit writing this on a bed covered by a mosquito net and listening to the loudspeaker from my neighborhood mosque, all from within my house surrounded by sand and Muslims.

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My story starts out pretty normal, and you’ve probably heard stories just like this from others. As a child, I was raised in a good Christian home. I went to church on Sundays, was active in youth group and loved the Lord. I was saved when I was 11 or 12 years old, and I stayed involved in church until I graduated high school.

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Send Them, & Go With Them

In July 2012, I was lying in an emergency department in Destin, Florida, wondering how a little gallbladder could cause me so much pain. I prayed for the pain to stop, and thankfully it did. The problem, however, did not go away. And as I headed home from the beach the next day, I grew more and more anxious about the upcoming healthcare mission trip to Haiti I was scheduled to go on in just two weeks with CMDA’s Global Health Outreach (GHO).

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Transforming Ecuador

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Short-term mission trips are a waste. They do more harm than good. Americans only go on mission trips to help feel better about themselves and their lives. Short-term teams aren’t trained to serve cross-culturally.

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This book is the inspiring story of God using Dr. Eleanore Kue to accomplish His purpose. Dr. Kue was born in Cameroon, Central Africa, at a time when babies were dying for lack of appropriate medical care. God used an American missionary to save her life. She studied medicine in France before moving to the USA with her husband, Simon Kue. Dr. Eleanore Kue’s life was transformed by the power of the gospel, and for the first time, she experienced the love she had longed for. Her life seemed to come full circle when, on a medical mission trip to Cameroon, she felt called to medical missionary work in America. She has dedicated her life to serving the uninsured in the inner City of Lansing.

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Project Hope Northwest Mission Trip | Grant Scholarship Part of projecthopenorthwest.org

This fund is for the support of individuals who are exploring a commitment to the medical mission field or those already medical missionaries. Typical grantees include premedical or predental students who have made a commitment to the healing professions, medical or dental students who have a committed Christian faith or physicians in residency who are exploring the possibility of a short term or long term commitment to mission work.

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Project Medsend Grant Scholarship

MedSend awards grants to repay student loans owed by healthcare professionals while they serve as healthcare missionaries in medically underserved areas of the world. Three times each year, the MedSend board reviews completed applications for healthcare professionals headed for career missionary service.

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Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions Scholarship Information

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

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In partnership with Global Health Outreach, WPC organizes mission trips to House of Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. These trips offer participants an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls and women caught in human trafficking. We will be working at House of Hope, an amazing place where the physical, spiritual, economic and educational needs of women in sex slavery (both girls who have been trafficked and women caught in prostitution) are addressed.

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The Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants seeks to encourage the sending forth of laborers Matthew 9:37-38 into the fields which are white with harvest. This fund was established to offer financial and prayer support to FCPA members who are called by the Lord to medical mission work around His world.

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Naomi Kim Medical Missions Scholarship Information

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the
underserved.

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James P. Owen Mission Scholarship Information

James P. Owen had a keen interest in missionary medicine. He died in 1981 while a senior medical student at Southwestern Medical School. The James P. Owen Memorial Endowment Fund was established by his wife in loving memory of her husband.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations® provides various mission scholarships for student and resident members wishing to spend time overseas as a rotation elective.

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Grace in Practice by Jeffrey Maudlin, and Karen Schmidt

True stories of medical work in under-served areas of the world told from the point of view of a primary care physician. What kind of training and preparation does it take to be able to go work “overseas”? This is explained.

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With Dr. Bob in Ethiopia by Robert Bowers, MD

Missionary surgeon Dr. Robert Bowers arrived in Ethiopia with his family one week before Ethiopia’s revolution in 1974. In letters written to his family back home he details in a candid way his medical experiences, family life, cultural observations, everyday living and spiritual victories and struggles until he and his family were forced to leave in 1977.

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Border Crossings by Dr David Beyda

Border Crossings is the compelling story of Dr. David Beyda’s medical mission trips to Cambodia, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Swaziland, and Gaza-to give aid to the forgotten children and adults who receive little or no medical attention or nutrition.

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Health, Healing, and Shalom by Bryant Myers (Author), Erin Dufault-Hunter (Author)

Ever since Jesus’s proclamation in word and deed as the Great Physician, his followers in mission have assumed that salvation and health are intertwined. Yet for every age, Christians need to examine how they can best announce the gospel message of God’s healing in word and deed in their own context.

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The Handbook of Medicine by Dennis Palmer, DO, and Catherine E. Wolf, MD, MPH

Have you ever seen a patient with leprosy? What are the symptoms of Dengue Fever? What is the best drug to use for the routine deworming of children? How should you treat a pregnant woman with malaria? Have you ever diagnosed leishmaniasis?

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A Missional Life

If you’re interested in healthcare missions, then this resource is just for you. Answering a call to missions presents many common challenges. A Missional Life brings together an inspiring collection of experiences, wisdom and insights from 14 of the most engaged and influential individuals in healthcare missions today. Journey with your heart and mind through a series of conversations to better prepare for engagement in the world of healthcare missions—and ultimately in living a missional life. The book defines a missional life as “a life surrendered to Christ for service in line with the Great Commission, following wherever and however that may unfold; marked by a deep commitment and obedience governed by a close relationship with Christ to closely listen, continually hear and follow through.” So if you’re looking to learn how to fully surrender yourself to a missional life, this resource is just for you.

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Jesus MD – Audiobook on CD

An audio book narrated by David Stevens, MD. Jesus – the ultimate doctor. His touch extended grace to the sick and sinful of ancient Palestine and left a miracle in its wake. And his ministry hasn’t ceased. Today, he looks for willing hearts and hands through which he can heal a needy world. Dr. Stevens knows. His eleven years at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya have shown him more than the drama and sacrifice of missionary medicine. In this audio book, Dr. Stevens shares the insights he has gained into the character, power, and purposes of the Great Physician and what it means for you to follow in his footsteps. Electrifying, moving and thought-provoking, “Jesus, MD” will help you see your relationship with God and your world in a brand-new light. Your life is filled with incredible possibilities waiting to unfold one by one as you walk in the presence and provision of Dr. Jesus.

Disc eight has a priceless interview with Dr. Stevens and Dr. Ernie Steury as a bonus in this CD collection. Dr. Ernie Steury was the first doctor at Tenwek Hospital, a ministry of World Gospel Mission, and a mentor to Dr. Stevens. Also available in paperback (BK6172).

Disc 1 – Chap 1 & 2
Disc 2 – Chap 3 & 4
Disc 3 – Chap 5
Disc 4 – Chap 6
Disc 5 – Chap 7 & 8
Disc 6 – Chap 9 & 10
Disc 7 – Chap 11 & 12
Disc 8 – Concl & Interview with Dr. Steury

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Beyond Medicine by David Stevens, Md, MA (Ethics)

As a healthcare missionary in today’s landscape, the success of your ministry depends on your ability to manage the non-medical tasks you encounter daily. Dr. Stevens uses his own personal experiences, expertise and insight to guide you through.

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Perhaps our concept of a career missionary doctor’s family might sound similar to this . . . a poor missionary surgeon and his family give up a “good American doctor’s family life” to live in endless poverty. They suffer through a hand-to-mouth existence in an African country full of intrigue, Satan worship, witchcraft, fear, poisonings, arson, coups, Marxist takeovers, massive killings and persecution of Christians. Their children are forced to be homeschooled by their parents. They have jobs at the mission hospital from a very young age. Their future education and life is tenuous at best. They can’t possibly amount to anything and will probably die early of some terrible tropical disease that is yet to be unearthed.

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Miracle at Tenwek by Gregg Lewis (Forward by Franklin Graham)

A story of the great commission. Ernie Steury’s remarkable life and ministry as a medical missionary in Tenwek, Kenya, is recounted in this compelling biography. A humble Indiana farm boy, Ernie built one of the most successful medical mission facilities in the world.

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To Africa With Love by James Foulkes, M.D.

This exciting autobiography of Dr. Foulkes was written because a statement in a book for retiring missionaries challenged him: “During your missionary career God did a lot of wonderful things for you. It is now your responsibility to share those things with others.”

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Jesus MD by David Stevens, MD with Gregg Lewis

Join Dr. David Stevens as he takes us on “rounds” with the Great Physician

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The February 2019 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest…A look into hospitality as a way to evangelize within the home. Conservative Christians admit that they do not speak out on political or cultural issues because they do not know how to support their beliefs from a biblical basis. We’ll look at how to defend the Gospel. And finally, the demands of cross-cultural ministry can be overwhelming and draining, leading to discouragement and burnout. We’ll learn how to live the holy, faithful lives God intends for us.

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Missions: Three-Legged Stool August 7, 2018

“That evening after sunset, the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases…” (Mark 1:32-34, NIV 1984).

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The Secret

Do you know the secret of making it to the mission field after you know God is calling you? Do you know the secret of faithful service to the Lord once you get there? Do you know the secret of overcoming the many obstacles you will face on your journey from heartbreaking medical cases, to burn out and the difficulty of being away from your family?

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I Could Have Been a Better Missionary

I’m an overachiever, probably just like you and most other healthcare professionals. Okay, that is not completely accurate. I confess, I’m an over overachiever. I’ve always wanted to be the best of the best.

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Pyromania

I love a real log fire. It is a feast for all my senses. The flames dance before my eyes in yellows, reds, blues and purples. The popping and snapping is a never-tiring music and the smell of wood smoke fills the house. A real fire is so nice that I will arise from my warm cushy comfort to go out into the bitter cold to add logs and then stoke the fire.

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Why should I do Short-Term Medical Missions?

Do you ever ask what you should get out of serving? What is the benefit to you? How should you be changed by the act of serving? Here are the heart-felt thoughts of someone struggling with exactly these questions.

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