Hearing of the free medical camp, Rahm’s parents brought the boy for treatment. Perhaps fear and hope wrestled in their hearts. Would these doctors be able to help? Would their treatment make a difference for their boy, or was it futile to even try?
The experienced doctors immediately recognized the boy’s condition: chicken pox. Although generally mild in healthy children, the virus can develop serious complications—and even cause death—in a child with a weakened immune system.5 Malnutrition, common among impoverished families such as Rahm’s, often compromises one’s overall health and ability to fight disease.6 Perhaps Rahm’s parents held their breath as the doctor transitioned from diagnosis to prognosis. Surely Rahm would be okay, wouldn’t he?
The doctor advised against using local medicine, which would cause the boy to recover slowly. He gave the parents some medicated cream to apply on Rahm’s body instead.
A few days later, GFA pastor Miloh visited Rahm’s family to check on the boy and pray for them. Pastor Miloh immediately noticed the marked difference in the boy’s health. Rahm had already begun to recover and would heal completely in the days to come.
“This is the difference between the medically experienced doctors and the village doctors,” Pastor Miloh told Rahm’s parents.
Rahm was just one individual in the community who benefited from the medical camp and the effective treatment it provided. Many others in the village had also suffered from the lack of proper medical care. Mr. Noland, a local teacher, applauded the work of GFA’s medical ministry team and the help they brought to the community.
"At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services,"
“[The church] has been a great channel of blessing for our society and the villagers of [our] village,” Mr. Noland said. “[They do] lots of human services, and through which I and the villagers are deeply blessed and helpful. We deeply acknowledge their service and are grateful for [their] compassionate work.”
Common Plight for Half of World’s Population
GFA World’s medical ministry helps thousands in need of medical attention, but the need for such services is extensive. “At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services,” report the World Bank and World Health Organization. “And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets.”7