Dr. David Stevens

CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations

“Here is the question, ‘Are you willing to go all-in?’” 

I heard that question as a senior in high school when I was asking the Lord for suggestions on what He wanted me to do with my life. I wanted some options to consider, and I planned to analyze each one based on my interests, skills and experiences. I would consider God’s options to see which one would bring me fulfillment and happiness, plus I wouldn’t mind some power, prestige and financial independence thrown into the mix. 

Yet, God didn’t offer me choices. He wanted me to go “all in.” He asked me to sign a blank check, to commit to Him to do anything, anytime and anywhere He asked me to do, not on my approval, but out of obedience before I even knew what that was.  

A lifetime of experience taught me how signing that blank check is the key decision you have to make if you’re going to serve God through long-term missions and leave country, family and home. You have to launch out in faith. 

It’s a bit scary, isn’t it? But having personally made that decision, let me tell you a fact. Going “all in” is where real fulfillment and happiness are found. Think about it. When you fulfill the Great Commission to “go into all the world and preach the gospel,” God not only calls you but also goes with you on your journey. He empowers and enables you to do what He asked you to do. 

As a bonus, He changes you as you depend on Him by faith. He works through you to bring true wholeness in thousands of peoples’ lives in the country where you serve, as well as in your home country because you inspire friends family and colleagues to follow Christ. 

As you explore this website, the best one in the world on medical missions, you will learn a great deal, but head knowledge is not enough. Stop and examine yourself to see if you are “all in” or just exploring the options. Make that commitment and share what you have done with friends or family. Then stop, take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to move in your heart and your mind through the information you will gather. 

As the Spirit moves you, begin acting on it now. Attend a medical missions conference. Read books and articles about healthcare missionaries and their work for Christ. Go on a short-term mission trip to an area of the world God is placing on your heart. Support a healthcare missionary and have regular contact with that person. 

It is an incredible adventure to be part of God’s work by following His plan for your life. The first step of that journey is key: go “all in.”

Sincerely, 

Dave

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Directory of Sending Agencies

MedicalMissions.com is excited to have partnered with some of the world's leading sending agencies, specifically those engaged in healthcare missions.  Below is a list of many of these sending agencies who can help you take that next step.  One quick tip... we like to think of finding your perfect sending agency match like dating.  We recommend you "date" as many of these organizations as needed until you find that match that best suits your interests and calling.  

Note: The following organizations are partners or the GMHC.  This list will only reflect GMHC partner organizations who offer long term opportunities.

Pioneers

At Pioneers, we want to come alongside you to help get you where God is leading you to go. Out of our passion for God, we desire to see indigenous churches planting other churches among least-reached peoples. This happens in a wide variety of ways through all kinds of people with different gifts and skills. We have a team-centered philosophy for ministry and value the spirit of innovation and flexibility. Talk to us today to learn more about short-term, mid-term and long-term opportunities! Pioneers has over 2,800 missionaries who serve on teams all over the world. Many Pioneers teams serve community health needs as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since Pioneers believes that God specifically equips each of us for a special role in his mission to reach the nations, Pioneers is excited to find or create placements for medical personnel in which their medical skills and their passion for the unreached can meet for the glory of God.

Operation Mobilization

For over 50 years, Operation Mobilization (OM) has been bringing the message of hope through Jesus Christ to men, women, and children around the world. Though we have over 6,800 volunteers and staff serving with OM in 118 nations, we have one thing in common — we love Jesus and we want others to have the opportunity to hear about Him. We are a collective of 6,800 people who don’t fit a mold, who don’t sit still, and who love the adventure of serving Jesus. We live in the remote corners and the city-centers. We feed the hungry and heal the sick. We are Missionaries.

SIM

SIM is an international mission organization with more than 4,000 workers serving in more than 70 countries. SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in every continent.

SIM workers are international themselves, representing about 70 nationalities. They serve in a wide variety of career fields. SIM is looking for people who love Jesus and who are willing to use their skills on one of our ministry teams worldwide.

OMF

OMF International worldwide unites around a common call and passion. God has given us a heart for Asia and a desire to bring his hope to billions. It is our heart’s cry to partner with the global church to see individual lives and whole communities redeemed through Jesus. Our vision is to plant churches and nurture in ways that equip the believers to grow God’s kingdom among those around them. There are many ways and opportunities to serve, build relationships, evangelize and disciple. How might God use you? Join your story with ours!

imb

Limitless. That’s a word we’ve used recently at IMB to describe our vision for partnering with Southern Baptist churches and other Great Commission Christians. We want to vastly expand our missions efforts for the spread of the gospel to every people group on the planet, forging a dynamic network of pathways connecting churches and individuals directly to IMB missionary teams around the world.

CURE International

The children we serve have conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus. Without treatment, they will have little hope for a future. Many will die from their condition.

That’s why CURE exists. We’re a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 26 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity.

Reach Beyond

Using our specialized skills in media, medicine and community development, our desire is to catalyze a movement of churches and individuals to come alongside our disciple-making partners around the globe and resource them with the tools and strategies for proclaiming and demonstrating the love of Christ among the world’s least reached peoples

Samaritan's Purse

World Medical Mission believes in treating the whole person. Our two-fold purpose is to minister to the physical needs of the sick and suffering while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

As the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, we place volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. We also staff a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission facilities.

Long Term Missions Resources

Here are a few of our most popular resources on long term missions - from many of the leading experts in healthcare missions today.