Luke 9:2 (NIV)
And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Today as one of my friends embarks on a summer ministry that the Lord has given her I thought I would look at being a missionary nurse.
What Is A Missionary Nurse?
A missionary nurse is someone that is trained in both the spiritual and physical needs of people. They are sent to other countries to help those that are in urgent need of care. Missionary nurses not only treat the physical ailments of people with illnesses or injuries. They are also trained to share their beliefs and faith with them as well. These nurses believe deeply that faith and healing work together hand in hand.
Most missionary nurses will use their skills helping out in third-world countries. To most it is not just a job, it is a calling. Along with meeting the health care needs of individuals, they will also do work in the states to help raise awareness about help needed in foreign countries. This can include well digging for clean water to building much needed schools.
Missionary nurses will also help to set up clinics and educate patients regarding proper nutrition and dental care to those that are living in underdeveloped countries. Support for nurses that do missionary work is usually received from nonprofit organizations and churches.
The demand for missionary nurses to help in third-world countries is great. Even in more developed areas of those countries these nurses are in great need. Unfortunately, there is not always a lot of money to be made in this type of work. Many of these types of nurses don’t even do this for the money and will do it on a volunteer or temporary basis.
As we head into the summer let’s take a minute to remember those who are serving our Lord in the field of nursing.
Dear Lord, we thank You for those around us are serving you as missionary nurses. We pray for protection as they serve you. We thank You for their willingness. We pray that we would use the talents and gifts You give each of us to serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.