Last week I was with a thousand medical personnel in Sydney to discuss the need for medical missions to countries like North Korea and many parts of Africa. The leaders in this field have been the Koreans: both those in South Korea and those living and working in America and Australia. They have built hospitals, recruited locals, trained medical, nursing and technical personnel and yet there remains a huge shortage of doctors right across the missions world. I was deeply challenged. I had long viewed medical missions as an outdated mode of missions outreach. But interactions with many outstanding Christian specialists and medical academics have helped me gain a broader perspective and reversed my opinion. I was deeply stirred.
There is still place for short term and longer term missions today especially in the two-thirds world where there continues to be great poverty. I wonder if Malaysian doctors will arise to this need? We have the English language for a start which is essential in the training of medical personnel throughout the world. The Koreans have longed struggled in their command of English but despite their language handicap, have captured the hearts and people of the nations they are working in. They are incredibly hard-working, dedicated, generous and committed. For the past twenty years Korea has the largest mission-sending nation in the world! They have impacted millions.
The President of the Korean Christian Medical Hospitals has asked if Malaysian and Singaporean doctors and specialists could consider short-term missions of anything from a fortnight to two months in the future. I believe that it is about time we rise up to play a part in world missions and there is no reason why our medical staff shouldn’t lead the way in church planting and nation transformation. All through, using medicine as a workplace tool to engage, influence and transform society has been something that has been emphasized in Skyline. The time has come to step out and make the difference especially in the poorer countries of the world. Will we consider spending a few weeks each year in Africa, Cambodia or Vietnam or even the troubled Middle East? If we do, we might find our lives changed forever!
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
Ps Dr Philip Lyn