I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to go into missions, but not be a missionary. I am a firm believer that helping people is more than just proselytizing them—that we are called not just to tell people about Christ, but also to help meet their physical needs. The Bible says countless times to take care of the widow, the orphan, the poor—the physically needy.
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:16
Jesus was a healer. I think we often see Christ as a spiritual healer, but we need to recognize that He healed physically as well. Christ came to heal holistically, not just one part of a broken creation, but all parts. He came to heal our relationship with God, our relationship with the world, and our relationships with each other—our physical brokenness, our mental brokenness, our emotional brokenness, and our spiritual brokenness.
There are so many stories of people having faith in Christ and being physically healed. In fact, the majority of the miracles in the gospels involve Christ healing people of their diseases or disabilities. If someone needed physical healing, He didn’t just provide spiritual healing. He made the blind man see, and then He called the blind man to follow him. He sees the faith of the lame man and makes him walk. When people come to faith in Christ, they never leave the same. He made the lame man walk, the blind man see, the deaf man hear.
That’s why I like working at CURE so much—I see it as a continuation of Christ’s work. We are called to follow Christ and continue His ministry on earth, to bring the kingdom of heaven to those on earth. What better way to do that then by following in His footsteps and bringing healing to those who need it? We share the good news of the gospel with our patients so that not only can they be physically healed, but they can meet Jesus and be spiritually healed as well.