Stories of Healing
Talata collapsed on the floor of her wooden hut. Born deaf and mute she could not scream when the boiling water sloshed over her chest. Pain from first-degree and second-degree burns coursed through her being. She was miles from a hospital and couldn’t afford the needed medication, but Pastor Wingwing from the medical ministry of Philippine Gospel Association in Davao City traveled 62 miles to bring her a tetanus shot, and prescribed medicines. He prayed for her and told her about Jesus, our Savior and Healer. He held her trembling hand as she accepted the Lord. A week later she died from severe infection and complications, but she is now resting with her God.
An animistic spiritist from a mountain village suffered from extreme knee pain and a toothache. She decided to go to the medical ministry’s Mission House, where Pastor Wingwing gave her the necessary medicines and shared the Gospel of salvation. She, too, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and has been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. She is being discipled and is praying that her whole family will be saved.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14–15
Supporters like you are sending the feet of native pastors in the Philippines to remote places. Villagers don’t have access to medical treatment because of poverty, isolation, or discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic only made matters worse and increased the suffering.
Small field clinics and home visits took on new importance for medical ministries where they give personal care and distribute vitamins, medical supplies, and needed medications. They even perform surgeries. Nine children received minor surgery at a Christian orphanage in Cebu City.
“Your giving has gone a long way to bless someone in need, to bring healing to the sick, to lead someone to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician and Savior,” said Dr. Linda Balugo, a medical missionary.
Church planting is always one of the goals wherever Linda’s team works. In 2021 this ministry started new home group Bible studies in several locations, and in just one two-month period more than 35 people accepted Jesus as Savior.
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Header photo: Dr. Linda Balugo instructing a mother about how to give medicine to her child.