For many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, an LCMS Mercy Medical Team provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical care. Many patients suffer with easily-treated conditions for months or years before receiving help at one of our clinics. One patient at a recent clinic in Kenya did not know how far he walked; he only knew that he had been walking for two weeks to receive care from us
International missions impact not only those who are served, but those who serve. God allows trip participants to humbly provide for those who are tired and bent, thirsting for the life-giving waters of the Word of God. In doing so, team members find that they have received far more than they have given; we are all the least of these, in need of our Savior's love and kindness.
LCMS Mission teams work through our missionaries and our local Lutheran church partners. We are present only for a short time, but this presence can help make the first contact between a family and the local pastor. We rejoice when we hear of former patients who came to be treated at a Mercy Medical Clinic, stayed in contact with the church, and were baptized into the Body of Christ.
An LCMS mission trip is remembered long after the return home. A special friend, student, or patient may remain in a team member's prayers for weeks, months, or years. What rejoicing there will be in heaven when we are reunited with our dear brothers and sisters in Christ!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Students who serve on a mission trip through the LCMS gain valuable insight into their career choice as a vocation; they learn to use their God-given strengths and talents to serve God and His children, wherever they may be found.