Calling to the greatest need: Medical missions past, present and future
Workshop » Global Topics
Perry Jansen, MD, DTMH
MedSend - Senior VP for Strategic Partnerships
Medical missions has historically been critical to early Christian missionary efforts, meeting the “felt needs” of communities in Christ’s name. Mission hospitals have been used to advance the gospel, plant churches and improve health outcomes in some of the world’s most needy and hard to reach places. But the work is far from done. There are still millions of people with poor access to essential health services. There are also millions in hard to reach areas who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Many are in “closed access” countries that do not allow “missionaries” but welcome well-trained health providers. We will explore these opportunities and how the Lord is using in this generation of health care providers to advance His kingdom. How will He use you?
Dr. Jansen is a board certified family physician who served in Malawi from 2000-2016 where he played an integral role in supporting the government’s strategy to bring life-saving antiretroviral therapy to this very poor country. He founded the Malawi non-profit hospital Partners in Hope (PIH), which has grown to be one of the largest providers of HIV treatment in the region and is a key training partner with the Ministry of Health and USAID. In 2016, Dr. Jansen realized his goal of handing over the hospital and training grants to national leadership. As a former MedSend grant recipient, Dr. Jansen is an example of how MedSend can have a lasting impact in the countries in which our grantees work. He and his wife have three children and one grandchild and live in Meridian, Idaho.