Reach Beyond provides opportunities for experienced and emerging Christian medical professionals to exercise their training and gifts in places where the name of Jesus has not been heard, and normal healthcare is not available.
If you have experience in various areas of healthcare, perhaps God is calling you to share the love of Jesus in a practical way with people who have nowhere else to turn.
Does it really make a difference?
A medical team including nine interns saw more than 1,500 patients during a month-long outreach in Ghana last summer; however, touching the lives of scores of children may have been the group’s most lasting spiritual legacy.
“The villages we visited varied in size, but most of the time we had about 200 or more children with only three or four of us helping as children’s workers,” explained Jenny Kinzel, the group’s only non-medical intern. She is the daughter of Reach Beyond nurse Beth Kinzel in Quito, Ecuador.
Rochelle Werner, a nutritional scientist serving with the interns, worked with the children the following day, teaching them “Jesus Loves Me,” a simple children’s song. “We sang that song together for about an hour,” she wrote in her blog. “If there is one impact or message I could leave them, it would be the words to that song.”
Emily Ibarra, a media specialist from Reach Beyond, found many opportunities to play with the children. Often she would spin the children by their arms until she got dizzy. “Touch is so important,” she shared. “Nothing says ‘I love you’ like physical touch. I really wanted them to feel accepted and loved.”