The Role of Medical Missions From My Perspective

Bert & Joel Oubre operate
Bert and Joel Oubre, July 2016

Often lesser-informed people refer to medical missions as “social work.”

From my perspective, it is one of the most effective ways to reach people for Christ IF the spiritual work is intentionally focused on.

If only the medical aspect is focused on, it can be all-consuming.

Thus, there must be a somewhat detailed plan to try to share the Truth with every inpatient. Sharing with every outpatientis more difficult if the clinic is busy, but it should still be the goal.

When people have health needs, they’ll seek help– especially if they have pain or their medical problem is interfering with their daily routine .

Here, in Chad, this may mean going to a traditional healer where they may make incisions in their skin over the part of the body that hurts, or worse, burn the skin with a hot steel rod. Even babies are abused out of ignorance or under the control of the Evil One.

Sometimes patients even lose life or limb when an arm or leg with a presumed fracture is splinted so tightly that the circulation is compromised and the result is gangrene. Often this is when the patient is finally brought to us.

I’ve found patients will listen to the truth about Jesus when they have a poor prognosis or are terminal. Several here have put their trust in Jesus for salvation under such circumstances. There is a rich ministry among these sad cases.

Overall, the medical arena allows patients to see Jesus and His love and compassion alive in His disciples as they serve the patients and each other.

If a person is suffering, kindness and compassion along with efforts to help them is an International language well-understood by the recipient. These patients come from all corners of Chad and most tribes, and they seek us out.


Post Surgery Praise & Prayer Requests


I checked in for surgery at Lexington Medical Center in South Carolina on September 8th at 8 am, went to the Operating Room at 9:30, and was home eating pizzas at noon! I had excellent, friendly, and professional care.

A couple of days later, I started physical therapy and am focusing on getting back in physical condition so we can resume our service in Chad.

I praise the Lord for answered prayers and thank those who prayed. Also to Debbie for helping me through this, yet another medical issue.

And to Gail Ferguson for her “open house” policy in allowing us to stay with her as our out of Africa home again.


Pray for Debbie’s father. He’s not doing well right now. Debbie has gone to Pennsylvania to visit him. Pray also for peace and safety for Debbie.

Pray for complete and quick healing of my knee so we can return to Chad in three weeks.