WORLDWIDE MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
CONVENE AT TRINITY - 8/9/05
collection of more than 20 nations were united in their efforts to encourage
each other's outreach ministry during the Luke Society's Directors Conference
July 31 through August 4.
The Luke Society is an interdenominational
organization of Christian health and business professionals dedicated to
medical missions. Administrators and medical personnel from five countries
originating from five continents came to Trinity for the conference, which
is held every five years.
missions is a unique niche in missions work," said Dr. Wrede Vogel, executive
director of the Luke Society, which is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
"We support indigenous Christian health professionals who use medicine
as an avenue to share their faith. We look for nationals who have a calling
to provide health care to poor people in their communities."
The Directors Conference
brought people who lead medical ministries in countries such as Mali, Ghana,
Kenya, Uganda, Burma, Indonesia, Peru, and Mexico. The Luke Society paid
for delegates to travel to the United States, providing many of the attendants
with their first trip on airplanes and outside of the borders of their
The delegates also received
medical supplies and clothing to take back to their homelands. The Luke
Society collects donated items from various medical organizations to supplement
the missions work of the ministries it supports.
"We come alongside these
individuals as they contextualize the Gospel in their communities," said
Phil David, international ministry coordinator. "Sometimes they don't know
how they're going to get the resources to provide their service, but in
faith they continue to step out."