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Today in the Mission Yearbook

Minute for Mission: Medical Benevolence Foundation

May 29, 2016

A young mother tends to her chores, as she helplessly watches her child lying listless on his mat. Without immunization, this precious life may end up a statistic. This scenario plays out every day in remote villages of developing countries around the world. It is why MBF exists—partnering with individuals and churches in the United States to build sustainable health-care systems in developing countries, proclaim the gospel and serve the most vulnerable populations.

Life-saving immunizations that we see as routine ease the weary mind of Sasha Wangui’s mother. At eight weeks old, Sasha has been given a precious gift—she has been vaccinated. Immunizations avert an estimated 2 million to 3 million deaths each year, but almost 19 million infants worldwide still miss out on basic vaccines. While the cost of vaccinating one child is only about $25, for the average Kenyan, who lives on less than $1 a day, it is out of reach.

At MBF, we believe that sustainable health-care systems are one of the most critical components for lifting communities and individuals out of the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to help our in-country church partners develop strategies and programs to build their own sustainable health-care ministries. But we also address current needs by investing in patient care programs to help our partners serve the poorest, most vulnerable in the population—children like Sasha and her mother, who have no resources and nowhere to turn.

We are grateful for the opportunity to partner in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through healing ministries.

E. Andrew Mayo, CEO, Medical Benevolence Foundation

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Ann Philbrick, PMA
John Piazza, BOP
Samantha Piccolo, OGA

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for MBF’s work with mission hospitals that serve the most vulnerable members of society. Open doors and lead MBF into doing even greater work in your name this year. Amen.