This is some material from my dissertation, STRATEGIC USE OF MEDICAL MISSION EVENTS IN LONG-TERM LOCAL CHURCH OUTREACH: A CONSULTANT-STYLE FRAMEWORK FOR MEDICAL MISSION PRACTITIONERS IN THE ILOCOS REGION, PHILIPPINES. I will give a bit of a top-level look in this post, and some propositional work in Part IV.
The characteristics of “REAL” Medical Missions:
Effective Partnering (Outsiders)
Active Community Participation (Insiders)
Long-term Strategy and Planning
On the other hand, some Medical Missions “WILT”. They have these qualities:
Ineffective Partnering (Outsiders)
Lack of Community Participation (Insiders)
Temporary (short-term) Strategy and Planning
According to the interviewees the following are three major or common right motives:
- The example of Christ to love others and to express that love in tangible ways.
- Concern for the varied needs of the community
- The desire to empower the church to impact its community
Additionally, the were three major or common areas described as wrong motives:
- Focus on anything other than God/Christ’s Example/Love.
- Prioritization on strategy or ministry (rather than the community)
Accumulation of power (rather than empowering others)
Relevant Book: Healthy Christian Medical Missions
- Medical Mission Events in the Philippines, Part I (missionmusings.wordpress.com)
- Medical Mission Events in the Philippines, Part II (missionmusings.wordpress.com)