Dr. Gene Smith and his wife Arlene, medical missionaries working for World Challenge, recently returned from holding medical clinics with Doctors For Life in KwaZula-Natal, South Africa. Below is a report from Dr. Smith.
I just returned from a short trip to Medellin, Colombia and I am blown away at God’s faithfulness to those who co-labor with him in his field.
In the Delta of Myanmar
Perhaps by now you have forgotten the devastating crisis the world recently faced — many of us have. In yet another land, beautiful young children have been orphaned. Young mothers held dying children in their arms.
Empowering the People of Lira
Imagine those times in your life when you have faced tremendous and strenuous circumstances. The kind that keep you awake at night, causing you shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat as you frantically search for answers…and find none.
Foundation City of Refuge is located in Medellin, Colombia. It is a non-profit organization committed to re-socializing homeless adults in the city and metropolitan area. Their work is based upon biblical principles by which they re-establish man's relationship with God and his surroundings. This is complemented with job-skills training to help them develop marketable skills. City of Refuge also holds church services for the homeless and the displaced on Sunday mornings at the rehabilitation center where over 100 people attend.
FIDA International coordinates the world-wide missionary work of the Finnish Pentecostal Church. This organization has 437 missionaries in 48 countries (2005). They focus on the areas of missions work, humanitarian aid, and community development. Their ministries comprise evangelizing and establishing churches, Bible studies for national workers, missions training for missionary candidates in Finland, ministry among Jews and Muslims, ministry among children, and youth work.
Caring Hands is made up of volunteers who assist neighborhood Kampala families living in poverty, giving them new hope for the future. Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty in families in the community.