Serving God in the Jungle

Medical doctors Matt and Sarah began serving God as medical missionaries when their daughter was three and their son was just a year old.

They worked in a remote jungle hospital, caring for patients.  In addition, they taught future health care workers the basics of medicine while also giving them a biblical foundation. This they did while sharing the care of their children.

The new health care workers, upon graduation from their two-year program, return to their villages in the bush where they run clinics while staying in touch daily with the hospital doctors by short-wave radio. When there’s a complication, the health care worker radios for help and the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) pilot who lives next door will fly the doctor to the bush village and/or fly the patient to the hospital.

Here is the beautiful part:  The graduate health care workers who run the bush clinics become Bible teachers themselves!  The new bush clinics often serve as the new village church!

Often on weekends Matt would visit a bush clinic.  Tribal people would walk for 2-3 days through the jungle knowing a doctor would see them.  On Sunday there would be church at the clinic and Matt would preach.  In the evenings he would spend time encouraging the health care worker and his/her family with personal Bible study and prayer.

The biggest obstacle to tribal people receiving Jesus in their lives, is their long attachment to witch doctors, curses and black magic. They don’t want to hear about the white man’s God.

Yet when the new health care worker returns to his own tribe and begins teaching them about Jesus they listen!  Those who are fearful of leaving their hut after dark, believing that evil spirits come out at night, experience freedom! When they surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, the bondage to superstition and black magic disappear.  The joy and peace are real and lasting.

  • It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.     Galatians 5:1
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.   Matthew 28:19-20
  • ONLY ONE LIFEAuthor unknown, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen
    This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Serving God in the Jungle

  1. Mark L. says:

    amen…such a blessing God is to people that are trapped by tradition and superstition.

  2. Frank K says:

    Kathleen, two things about this post stand out. One, that even in remote places where no conventional church buildings exist, God has provided means for the lost to hear the gospel. Two, God has servants in these austere settings who are committed to the cause for Christ.

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