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Radicalizing a generation of youth, students, and professionals to engage in radical medical evangelism

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Editorial Board: Editor in Chief George Cho MFSc, CEP, CSCS Assistant Editor |Dan Cho Assistant Editor|Eunice Bae RN Staff: Manager|Daniel Yu Communications|Jane Choi Missions|Angie Cho Design|Christy Shin

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6 Dare to be Radical? Angie Cho 11 The Last Missionary: Advise to FutureMedical Evangelists Eli Kim MD 15 A Different MD: Realizations of a Student Missionary to Zambia Daniel Park 18 Opening the Doors to Evangelism Eunice Bae RN 22 Helping Hands: Radical Medicine to Chinese Lepers Daniel Cho

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Radicalizing a Generation

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elcome to our inaugural edition of RadMed (short for Radical Medical Evangelism)! I am so excited that this publication is in your hands. Expect to be blessed! RadMED was started by a group of Christian young people in the summer of 2011. They were undergraduate students, medical students, nurses and fitness professionals in the infancy of their careers. They shared the common belief that there’s nothing like receiving healing from the hands of a Christian physician, tender care from a Christian nurse, or an earnest prayer for physical healing, that so effectively softens the skeptical heart for the reception of the gospel. This is why Jesus Himself was a medical missionary. Everywhere He went was heard the praises of the mother hugging her healed child close to her bosom, the leaps of joy from the lame man who had his legs restored to strength, and cries of joy from the family who received their dead back to life. Their burden was to be medical evangelists like Jesus and inspire others to be as well. RadMED is the fruition of this burden. 4

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The purpose of RadMED is simple: to inspire Christian young people to become radical medical evangelists for God. The four key words here are: “young”, “radical”, “medical” and “evangelist”. I absolutely love being a young person and wholeheartedly believe in the potential of young people to accomplish amazing things for the Lord. The church and society often have low expectations of us, brushing us aside as immature, irresponsible, and irreligious. But my Bible tells me that many of the great heroes of the Bible were young people – Joseph, David, Daniel, Esther, and Mary – and we can be just as radical today as others were in times past. One of my favorite words is “radical.” RadMED is all about being radical, being a wholly different young person and young medical professional. Some of us may have an aversion to being radical due to the negative connotation often associated with the term or timidity towards sticking out like a sore thumb. Nevertheless, we must realize that an authentic Christian life characterized by the complete selflessness, humility, love, and


biblical integrity of Jesus cannot be anything less than radically different from the selfishness, pride, and ostentation of the rest of society. Jesus was a radical medical missionary and He expects us to follow His footsteps. It is not just any type of medical work we are called to engage in. We are to follow the example of Jesus, the Great Physician, Whose healing ministry was a beautiful combination of effective treatment, deep compassion, unassuming humility, and selfless love for those to whom He ministered. To see the beauty and power of Jesus’ healing ministry reproduced in the lives of other Christian students and young medical professionals is the vision of RadMED. Lastly, you will be challenged in your understanding of what it means to be medical professional. Many of us enter the health profession in order to earn lots of money or obtain prestige, but God calls us to something higher and holier, to view the health profession as a call to evangelism. We are called to be medical evangelists, not simply medical professionals. And in order to be effective evangelists we must ourselves be an example of healthy and moral living, and have a biblically- and scientificallyaccurate understanding of health. We must understand that health is wholistic encompassing physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions. Most importantly, we must have

Jesus’ love for souls and Paul’s passion for evangelism. RadMED is produced and written by young Christian students and professionals for other young people. We are just like you. We are all in our 20’s, love hanging out, eating out, and Facebooking, We get our share of “you’re naïve about the real world” and “you’re still too young” from our adult superiors. We are just like you and want you to share what burns within our hearts: to be used of God to fulfill the gospel commission through medical evangelism. To radicalize a generation is our vision and we want you to be part of it. We are so excited about RadMED. I hope you will be just as excited after reading this issue. For you to be inspired and challenged is my sincere prayer. May our Lord grant this to be your experience.

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Dare to be Radical?

Radical def. “very different from the usual or traditional; favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions.”1

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xtreme. Fanatical. Farright. Fundamental. Radical. What images do these words conjure up in your mind? Perhaps some of us would think of an ultra-conservative religious fanatic. Others might think of those wacky weight-loss diets. If you are a student, you might think of the nerd in your class who studies “too much”. Whatever it might be, these words are often unpleasant labels to describe someone or some idea that is unnecessarily “different”, “imbalanced”, or has taken things “too far”. No one wants to be radical, right? I dare to disagree, but before I explain how I came to this conclusion, let’s come to an understanding of what the term 6

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“radical” means. This word can be utilized as both a noun (ex. “You’re the radical in that team”) and an adjective (ex. “That was a radical change that you underwent”). It is derived from the Latin root word “radix” which means the “fundamentals”, “origin” or “root”. Therefore, the word “radical” refers to the “origin” or “root” of something in whatever context it is being used. A fitting antonym of radical would then be “superficial”. So, should we be radical? Is the concept of being radical really important to us personally? I would like to suggest it is because our Example, Jesus Christ Himself, was radical. Thus, our Christian experience is either radical like Jesus’ or superficial and thus falls short of our holy calling. So, are we radical? And how is Christian radicalism expressed? Let’s look at the life of Christ for the answer. Radically Different


In John 15:18-19, Christ explains to His disciples: “if the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” Jesus utters these words fully knowing that in just a few hours he would be subjected to an excruciating and humiliating death on the cross. Therefore, Christ knows exactly whereof He speaks when He uses the word “hate” to describe His relationship with the world. But why does the world hate Jesus? Jesus explains in verse 19, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (emphasis mine). The reason why the world would have

issues with the disciples and Christ Himself was because there was a fundamental or radical difference between them, a gaping unlikeness, an unbridgeable chasm. Likewise, we are called to be wholly different from the world. Unfortunately, instead of a gaping unlikeness, there too often exists an uncanny similarity

“Likewise, we are called to be wholly different from the world”

between the Christian and the world. I can liken it to an individual I met a year or so ago. I had begun to understand the depths of the selfishness, immorality and vulgarity imbedded in our fallen, sinful human nature, even in those that appeared to be godly Christians, when I came across an individual that I thought might be an exception. However, as I learned more about this gentleman, who seemed to be a kind, respectful and good Christian, I discovered undesirable traits that were still present, but hidden under a façade of Christianity. In this case, I found no fundamental (or radical) distinction between him and worldly men. Although he appeared to be different at a superficial 2012 FEBRUARY RadMED

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level, at the roots he was the same. However, in Christ’s case, His difference from the world was so

from what is widely accepted, then it can be classified as radical. Jesus’ actions and teachings were very controversial because they were different from what the majority of the people believed and practiced at that time. From healing on the holy Sabbath (Mark 3:1-4) to stating that physical ailments weren’t necessarily a direct result of one’s sins (John 9:1-3), Jesus’ teachings evoked surprise, especially among the teachers of the law. In His sermon on the mount found in Matthew 5, He says a series of similar statements that more or less follow the structure of, “You have heard that it was said by them of old … But I say to you.” Jesus’ teachings were radically different from the traditional views the people had been taught their whole lives. Are we ready to share views that are radically different from what our peers believe? For instance, are we unashamed to publicly announce our faith in a literal 6-day creation in a class filled with hundreds of evolutionists? In a skeptical and self-centered society, are we afraid to call others to join us in making decisions for Christ and leading a sacrificial life? Are we ready to admit that as Christian medical professionals we view medical practice as a tool for sharing Jesus,

“To be radical is to be unashamed and unafraid to promulgate the gospel.” far-reaching that the hatred of the world eventually led to His rejection and death. Jesus was radically different from the world. As people discover who we really are at a radical or deeper level, they should realize that there is something different about us. Is there anything deep within us that makes us different from unbelievers in the medical field? Are we looking forward to a profession just for a fairly stable income? Is the care we render others truly selfless and altruistic? Does our service towards people have a limit? A superficial desire to do good as long as the benefits are present is not good enough. To be radical means to be different deep inside. Radical Views The definition of “radical” given at the beginning of this article was “thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms.” In other words, if a shift in perspective or a movement is very different 8 8

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not just a nice career? To be radical is to be unashamed and unafraid to promulgate the gospel, even though most other health professionals do not. Radical Therapy In medical terms, “radical” describes a medical treatment of extreme, drastic, or innovative measures that is “designed to remove the root of a disease or diseased tissue.”2 Chemotherapy or an amputation of a diseased limb may qualify as radical treatments. All of humanity suffers from the disease of sin (Romans 3:23) and in Ezekiel 11:19 Christ offers us a radical treatment: “I…will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.” Jesus offers to “cleanse [us] from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, emphasis mine). Not only that, He gives us preventive measures as well

to keep us from sinning: abiding in Him (John 15:1-10), hiding His word in our hearts (Psalms 119:11), and avoiding the paths of the wicked (Proverbs 4:14-15). Christ healed many physical ailments, but the majority of those who were healed would jump up and praise God for His spiritual healing, the true healing and rest for their souls. Jesus offers wholistic treatment and preventive measures to keep us from sinning. As a doctor, nurse, dentist, optometrist or any other person in the health field, are we also offering radical treatments? Offering temporary physical treatment is not enough. If we have merely ministered to their physical needs, or even their psychological needs, and left their greater spiritual needs unattended, we are not following Christ’s example of being a radical care-giver. The healing of the

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to study for their “To be anything church upcoming exams, your devotions continue less than radical daily stronger than ever. is to settle for Your peers may be on way to successful, being less than a their prestigious careers, but Christian” being radical means physical body is only a means to an end – to open up an individual’s heart to the gospel and help them develop a willingness to accept eternal healing. Will our profession be a temporal career or an eternal ministry? Is our healing and counsel going to be superficial or radical? Radical Application Jesus was radical and He proved this by His own life example. Having a desire to be radical is not enough. Radical thoughts without radical actions are empty. Radical dreams of ministering to others without any practical application are no better than a virtual reality. To be anything less than radical is to settle for being less than a Christian. To dedicate our student years to the service of God, to use our health profession for the furtherance of the gospel and to publicly uphold our faith is the standard God has set for us. As Christians, let’s follow Christ’s example. Let’s stop simply thinking, dreaming, and discussing; let’s actually be radical. So you ask, “Where do I start? How do I begin?” Being radical means that while all other students are skipping 10

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finding success in saving souls. The distinguished physician at Mayo Clinic or the World Health Organization may not be as honoured by God as the lowly missionary physician sharing the gospel in the African jungles. Jesus saw worldly success to be superficial and therefore not success at all. Being radical means accepting jobs that you know God is calling you to, even though it does not offer the financial stability to repay your staggering medical school debts. Remember, Jesus had nowhere to lay His precious head. Do you dare to be radical? Dare to be Christian? The two are one and the same question. I pray that you and I may be radicals for our Lord Jesus Christ. .....

Angie is currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and leads youth missions to Africa. 1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Online: http://www.merriam-webster.com/ dictionary/radical. . Accessed: October 1 2011 2. Medline Plus Medical Dictionary. Online: http://www.merriam-webster.com/ medlineplus/radical. Accessed: October 1 2011.


The Last Missionary:

Advice to Future Medical Evangelists

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ust imagine being able to touch the lives of thousands of people just before the last moments of earth’s history, just

before Jesus’ second coming. The Bible says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN shall the end come” (Matt 24:14). Imagine sharing the gospel to that last nation or city or person, right before the second coming. It is like winning game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals – in overtime. Okay, even better than that. With such a great dream, however, comes the great question: “How can I be the most effective soul winner for Christ to usher in His second coming?” This was a question I pondered during medical school. When trying to decide what to do with my life, I debated whether to just give up medical school altogether and become a full-time evangelist or pastor. But

I continued onward because I realized something profound: Jesus was, more than anything else, a medical missionary. He ministered to the sick more than He preached. Although not everyone is called down medical lines of work, those who are should not let the countless hours of studying and the many sleepless nights of being on-call deter them. Go forward boldly. If Christ was the first Christian medical missionary, then I want to be the last. If you share this same desire, then I invite you to continue reading. Here are some words of personal advice to those starting out their career in what I call “mission medicine”. First, never forget what your original personal statement says. Stay true to your intended purpose of why you decided to pursue a career in the medical field. Many start with good intentions on paper, but turn away and forget because the cares of this world choke 2012 FEBRUARY RadMED

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their original plans. A professor during my senior year of medical school told us that he noticed a large percentage of students in previous years stated in their personal statements that they wanted to become medical missionaries helping the underserved locally but mostly abroad. After looking at the destination of most residents after residency, the vast majority however did not end up doing this. They lost sight of their original mission. Do not lose sight of your own personal mission. Not all are called overseas, but we are all called to serve as Christ served. Secondly, always put God first, even if it takes time away from your studies. God can multiply your time and efficiency as He did when he multiplied the loaves and the fishes. If you give your “all” to God’s work, and in the remaining study time give your best effort, then God will bless your efforts exceedingly abundantly more than you can ask or think. Also, do not neglect your Bible study, prayer and devotional life. Remember that God is your heavenly Tutor, the Bible your most important textbook, and devotional time the ultimate study hall. Get involved with campus ministries (hey, why not even start one yourself!). Next, be an example of health.

Practice what you preach. When you finally become a physician, you do not want to dispense advice or suggestions regarding a patient’s health that you would not follow yourself. It is difficult to be taken seriously by overweight patients trying to lose weight, when their very own doctor is obese and out of shape. Be excellent in every aspect of your life, not just in academics. Be

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like Daniel in Babylon and Joseph in Egypt. We need more Christian doctors who lead by example. Lastly, you do not have to wait until graduating residency to become a missionary. The greatest enemy of present action is future ambition. “Tomorrow I will be a great missionary” are often the last words before hopes are forgotten. You can be effective now! As a medical missionary, your mission field is where you are – whether at home, locally, or overseas. Remember that you are either a missionary or a mission field. The next few years will be hard. The choices you will need to make in patient care, the numerous days of sleep-deprived studying, the diagnoses and the bad news you will have to give to your patients – all these will present challenges.


contiguous and “You are either This continuous decision is easy. In fact, it may a missionary or a not be the hardest thing you mission field” will ever have to do, but

Do not let this discourage you because if you think about it, when you look back at your life, you will smile because you did hard things. Not the easy way out but the hard way through. The greatest and most effective Christians in the past chose this same road. Making a decision to become a Christian medical missionary is not a onetime decision but a daily choice. It transforms from deciding to become one, to daily being one.

after time, making this decision becomes much easier, almost second nature. Habits do not form overnight, but once they do, they become a part of your character. Often the easy decisions in life lead to a road of sorrows and regret. Remember, if you do hard things, life will be easy; if you do easy things, life will be hard. I want to help share the gospel to every nation, tribe and people with God’s power, in my location, and in my generation as a medical missionary. I pray that this is your desire too, and hopefully, you and I will be the last ones needed, the last medical missionaries. .....

Dr. Eli Kim MD is an Executive Physician at the Florida Hospital Institute for Lifestyle Medicine.

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A Different MD: Realizations of a Student Missionary to Zambia

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y name is Daniel Park, and I am currently in my third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario in Biomedical Sciences. I would describe myself as a hardworking, goal-oriented individual who is aspiring to be a physician. Growing up in a materialistic society, I was swept away by the false notion that attainment of wealth was the definition of success. This was in fact why I desired to be a physician. I believed that the countless hours of studying, sleepless nights, and the suffocating financial burden were merely small investments that would pay off in the future. After all, I would have an “MD� beside my name, enough money to buy a Mercedes, a house by the beach, all topped off by a beautiful wife. I must admit that I had a very superficial and self-centered outlook on what it means to be an MD.

This, however, dramatically changed after I went on my first mission trip to Zambia in the summer of 2010 and had the privilege of working closely with a medical doctor from the United States, Dr. Tim Riesenberger. Working with Dr. Tim helped me realize the true significance of medical work and what it means to be a true physician. Visiting third-world countries really helps those of us from the developed world to realize the high calling of a Christian physician. My days spent with Dr. Tim were occupied with measuring blood pressure, taking blood for malaria tests, and dispensing medications for the patients. Due to severe deficiency in both medications and medical technology, the locals were suffering from afflictions that would be considered trivial in developed countries. I realized how brutal reality really was and that it was our sacred calling to use our talents 2012 FEBRUARY RadMED

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and skills to elevate others above their misery. My desire to become a physician was strengthened because my heart was fully convinced that I truly needed to help suffering people like the Zambians whom I met. Christian physicians may not be able to heal all of the world’s problems, but they are called to change the lives of their patients, and this is what matters. I now want to become such a physician. Dr. Tim was one such physician. I had never met Dr. Tim before, only hearing of his frequent medical trips all over the world (although he is still only in his mid-30’s, he has already done mission work in over 40 countries). But actually serving alongside Dr. Tim taught me what it means to be a true Christian physician. Let me share one unforgettable experience. One day, the make-shift hospital

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where we were conducting our free medical clinics was visited by three critically-ill infants presenting similar symptoms: anemia, pneumonia, and septic shock. Dr. Tim immediately began assessing and treating one of the babies when another one went into sudden cardiac arrest. After calmly confirming the cardiac arrest, Dr. Tim asked for a plastic bag or some sort of apparatus so he could resuscitate the baby without direct mouth-to-mouth contact since 30% of the island’s population was reported to be afflicted with AIDS. But the attending nurse just shook his head; the clinic was woefully under-supplied. This, however, did not stop Dr. Tim. Immediately, he went right for the mouth and commanded me to pump the chest. We performed CPR on the baby for around twenty minutes.


This act of selfless love by Dr. Tim took me aback. The child could have potentially been an HIV carrier and although salivary transmission of HIV was rare, there was still a possibility of contracting the infection. Despite this risk, Dr. Tim willingly covered the baby’s mouth with his own in order to save its life. This sort of altruism was absolutely incredible and, unfortunately, very rare, even among physicians. Yet, I realized that this was how all doctors should be. Dr. Tim would have received absolutely no gain from his actions and yet he was so committed to sacrificially serving the people. Dr. Tim was the epitome of a true physician. I want to become such a physician. I am grateful to the Lord for helping me to break away from

the superficiality and selfishness that was driving my pursuit of medicine. Getting an MD is no longer about money, status, or even a beautiful wife. It is about serving the sick and suffering through true altruistic service. This is why I want an MD behind my name. I want to be a different MD. .....

Daniel is currently a 3rd year student at University of Western Ontario majoring in Biomedical Sciences.

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Opening the Doors to Evangelism

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uaranteed job, financial security, reputable career, and to successfully achieve the high standards many Asian parents set for their children – these are just some incentives that attract many of us to the medical profession. Is this not true? I will be honest and admit that I went into the nursing profession for many of these reasons only to find that they just did not suffice in terms of God’s will for me as a nurse. It was only after going overseas on my first mission trip that I understood the power of medical work and God’s true purpose for nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals: to bring others to Christ. Few professionals can so effectively open the doors of people’s hearts to the gospel as medical professionals. I was 19 years old when my church youth group in Toronto heard about a mission trip to Cambodia being organized by a 18

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pastor in the United States. Over 100 missionaries and translators were involved and divided into four teams. Each team was engaged in three ministries: children’s, doorto-door, and medical. Though I had my reservations about whether nursing was truly for me, I joined the medical team, knowing that this was a great opportunity to experience something different. Different was an understatement! If the over 40°C temperature wasn’t enough of a shock, the culture and people were even more so. Seeing young children running around barefoot and naked was not uncommon and I noticed many of them had but one outfit that they played in, worked in, and slept in. This was only the beginning of the poverty that we saw in the capital city of Phnom Penh. What became more apparent as we began our work in the surrounding villages was the great need for medical expertise and


treatment and how this provided a golden opportunity for evangelism. Many of the villagers suffered from lifestyle-related illnesses, including hypertension from stress or dehydration, as well as digestion and gastrointestinal illnesses due to poor nutrition. While I worked with the patients who visited our free medical clinics, I learned of their concerns through my translator. I will never forget some of the cases, things that as a student I had only heard of or read about in books. One middle-aged man had a dangerous blood pressure reading of greater than 200 systolic, and an elderly woman had been living with a prolapsed and protruding uterus for the past ten years. I saw many such patients, but two in particular stand out in my memory since they helped me to understand God’s greater purpose in pursuing medical work. The first was a man in his late 30’s who came in with dark blotches across his upper torso that he had been living with for quite a few years. When he first noticed his skin changing, he had tried to remove these spots by scrubbing with soap

and water, but it seemed the more he tried, the worse it became. Believing that it was some sort of contagious disease, he was socially isolated from friends and family. By God’s providence, we had a dermatologist on our team who knew exactly what condition the man had and how to treat it. Apparently, his skin condition was such that using soap and water would only worsen the symptoms. So the only method that would remove the dirt was to use an alcohol-based solution. Our translator explained to him what we would do and I recall seeing his embarrassment as we asked him to remove his shirt to start rubbing the alcohol swabs into his spots. As many as four of us worked on his back, chest, neck, and arms, and before our very eyes, the dirt under the dark blotches loosened and we saw the pinkness of new skin emerge just like that of a newborn baby. Just as we saw his skin change, so did his worried expression. When we had finished, he thanked us repeatedly.

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The dermatologist prayed with him and he left a new man. To our surprise, the man returned the next day, his face beaming, just to thank and show us his gratitude. It reminded me of when Jesus healed the 10 lepers but only one came back to thank Him. This man’s healing affected him so much so that he was compelled to come back again in joy and praise, and because of this we were able to invite him to the evangelistic series. I thus realized firsthand how effectively medical mission work breaks down boundaries and barriers, transcending far above culture, language, and peoples to touch the hearts of the individual. Everyone cares about physical health and as the physical diseases are healed, it allows the Holy Spirit to work in revealing the emotional and spiritual needs. Medical work opens the doors to evangelism. The second case was a young boy around the age of ten who came with his father. They already knew that the boy had a life-threatening heart

condition only recently identified by a previous missionary doctor. The doctor on our team asked if I wanted to listen to the boy’s heart, but with my untrained ears I was not able to detect the grossly abnormal heartbeat that the doctor detected. He listened again through the stethoscope and shook his head. There was not much time left before his heart failed completely and as he explained the seriousness of the condition to the father and son, they nodded in understanding. There was very little we could do except pray for him and invite him

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to attend the nightly evangelistic meetings. The father, tightly embracing his son, prayed with the doctor and left. My heart ached for this family, for the beautiful young boy whose short life was already marked with such sadness and for whom we could do seemingly so little. Little did I realize the eternal impact of that single encounter and prayer. Night after night, the same father and his family ended up attending the evangelistic meetings. At the end of the series, we took a long bus ride past rows of endless rice fields to a peaceful lake where 150 baptisms took place. I cannot express the immense power of seeing so many lives dedicated to a citizenship in heaven. It was a truly moving scene to behold. But most moving of all was seeing the young boy, probably the youngest of them all, commit his life to the Lord. Knowing that his short life would end in eternal joy brought tears to my eyes. Our medical work had opened the doors to eternity for this young boy. At that moment it became clear to me that while we as humans cannot offer a solution or cure for every disease, in our stead we can always offer Christ, the Life-giver. Much like the young boy who realized his need for God as his physical heart could no longer support him, many people seek God when their health begins to fail them. This is why medical evangelism is so effective.

Experiencing medical work on this level opened my mind to the boundless potential of pursuing this field. Looking back retrospectively, I may have had my doubts about choosing nursing, but in the end I believe God chose nursing for me so that I can more effectively witness for Him. Similarly, you may have doubts about whether a medical career is for you, but it may be that God is lovingly calling you as His very own to move His work forward. Keep in mind, however, that money, respect, and job satisfaction does not even come close to the true blessings that God has in store for those that serve Him in the medical field. He has a greater vision for this ministry and that is to win souls back to Him for eternity. Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). Medical work opens the doors to people’s hearts and it may be that the Lord is calling you to help others open that door so He can come in. .....

Eunice is a recent graduate of Ryerson University Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and works as a registered nurse in the Neurology/ Orthopedic/ ENT unit at St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto, Canada.

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Helping Hands: Radical

Medicine to Chinese Lepers

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n our Christian journey, the Lord places within our path individuals whom He uses to challenge us to take our Christianity to the next level. Perhaps you can name such individuals in your own life – individuals whose messages are so powerful and whose lives so radical that you are challenged to greater commitment to the Lord yourself. One such group of individuals in my life is a Korean and Chinese missionary group that shares the gospel to Chinese lepers. I have had the privilege of serving with them in January and July of 2011 and both times I have been deeply inspired by their sacrifice and work. They are everything that RadMed stands for: radical missionaries doing radical medical evangelism for a truly radical God. Choosing to dedicate your life to serving lepers is radical. Leprosy is a bacterial disease that causes the loss of pain sensation and 22

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absolutely debilitates its victims. Lepers are often missing limbs, have facial disfigurations such as crooked noses, shrunken red eyes, and wrinkles, and have lightly colored sores that often get infected and grow to enormous sizes. Lepers live in small rooms without air conditioning or heating, and which are often cluttered with rotten food, dusty furniture, and garbage. Dirty clothing stained with dried urine and sometimes even feces is their daily garb. They are socially ostracized, even forsaken by their own family members. Knowing all this about lepers, would you want to dedicate your life to serving them? It would be difficult, right? Yet, these missionaries live with the lepers, cooking for them, cleaning their houses, providing basic medical care, and most importantly, sharing the gospel with them. Serving lepers is their full-time job done on a completely volunteer basis, and this is what makes them so radical.


I recall how inspired I was by one of the missionaries, a 23-year old Chinese girl named Lily. Every night, this young missionary slept beside one of the elderly female lepers. This leper had the habit of waking up in the middle of the night to relieve her self and needed someone to help her. Could you sleep beside a leper in a cold, dirty room with no heating? I asked myself this question and regrettably had to admit that I could not. But Lily could - every single night. How inspiring! How radical! What’s also inspiring is the great sacrifice these missionaries have made. Most of the missionaries have given up marriage so they can single-mindedly focus on serving lepers. How many of us could do that? Having been raised in a society obsessed with romance, marriage is one of our strongest desires – to

sacrifice it is unthinkable. So, for these missionaries to have made this sacrifice for the sake of helping lepers is truly remarkable. In fact, one of the Korean missionaries tells the lepers that she gave up marriage in order to marry them. If this is not radical, I don’t know what is. With missionaries who make such incredible sacrifices to serve and love them, it is not surprising that the lepers cannot help but respond to the God Who actuates these missionaries. At one leprosy colony there was a particularly vociferous atheist who continuously rejected the gospel because he believed all Christians were hypocrites and thus did not want anything to do with Christianity. But one day he saw one of the missionaries perform an act of loving service that compelled him to rethink his views on God. This

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Living in a world where they have nothing to show for in terms of money, health, education, friends, or physical beauty, they have a deep longing for something beyond what this world can offer. missionary was helping a bedridden leper change his pants and as she took off his old pants, she saw that he had soiled himself with feces. Without hesitation, she started to wipe the feces off with her bare hands. Her deep love could not bear to see his body so desecrated for even one second longer. The atheist was absolutely dumbfounded. What would cause a Korean young person to leave Korea, one of the most prosperous nations in the world,

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sacrificing education, marriage and a comfortable life, in order to clean the feces of a leper? The only answer was that the God who motivated this missionary must be Himself a god of intense love This notorious atheist eventually accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. It is not this one atheist alone but hundreds of other lepers in leprosy colonies all over China who are accepting Jesus because of the radical medical evangelism of these missionaries. In July 2011, I felt very honored to be given the opportunity to help with a baptism at a leprosy colony in Nanning, China. Over 60 lepers went down into the waters of baptism to symbolize their new birth as sons and daughters of


God. Isn’t that amazing? If there is any group of people who deserves to have eternal life, it is lepers. Living in a world where they have nothing to show for in terms of money, health, education, friends, or physical beauty, they have a deep longing for something beyond what this world can offer. It is therefore such a joy to see so many commit their lives to Christ. Helping Hands is the email alias of this group of missionaries. Any email from them always ends with Helping Hands.” It’s a fitting name for these missionaries; they are the hands and feet of hundreds of Chinese lepers. Yet it’s also a very modest sounding name for a group that does such radical work. They rebuke the pride and selfishness of those of us who profess to follow the lowly Jesus, especially those of us

whom, like myself, want to become medical professionals. I realized that I needed the Lord to take my Christian experience to a higher plane as I prepare to serve him as a medical evangelist. I hope this is your sincere prayer as well and may the Lord make this our experience. .....

Daniel graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Nutritional Sciences and Physiology.

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