Author: Loyd Jenkins
Faith and health are interwoven because Jesus, whom we are serving, came for three important ministries in this world. Jesus came that people should have life and have it in abundance. And you see, life is the major and ultimate goal for the coming of Jesus Christ. This is spiritual life, emotional life and physical life. That was his mission: that people could come to Him and be saved from their sins. Healing was one of the main ministries for Jesus. And so we, who believe in Him, are called to do His ministries: preaching the Gospel, teaching to make disciples, but also healing the people.
Dr. Bishop Kaziimba
Dr. Bishop Kaziimba, from Mityana Diocese in Uganda, came to International Aid to talk with Amy Hewitt, our Partner Development Manager. He was very thoughtful in how he spoke and gave much praise and gratitude for his partnership with us. It occurred to me, while they spoke, that often there is opportunity to effectively witness for Christ within the healthcare industry. And as I pondered that more, I thought: How much is our own health woven into our relationship with God our Father?
Health and healing is a significant part of all of our lives, whether it’s having access to healthcare when we get sick or having to deal with short-term or long-term illnesses and disease. At the core of who we are we desire the vibrancy of life–the abundance of life–to be healthy and stay healthy; and this is so even for those who do not subscribe to faith. But we are spiritual creatures. And for those of us who accept this, we seek the blessing of healing and good health in our faith. We pray for those who are sick or hurt, or have diseases at all levels of urgency–from simply being down with the flu to dealing with terminal cancers. Health and faith are, indeed, interwoven.
It can easily be seen how significant healing can be even in false religions. Dr. Kaziimba spoke about the prolific witch doctors in various communities in Uganda. The witch doctors are given respect by the surrounding people because they are thought to heal. If by chance the patient gets well, the witch doctor takes credit for his ability. Where the patient does not, he accuses the patient for lack of faith or having demons more powerful than themselves. Their practices often create serious harm to those seeking remedies–and sometimes death. Still, the witch doctors cannot be easily dismissed by the healthcare organizations because of the social effect the witch doctors have on the community.
What’s interesting is if we look at the bigger picture–and often the forgotten picture– of who we are, we can gain some perspective. God told Adam, “… you must not eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” From first bite came death: spiritually, emotionally and physically. But God is faithful. He sent his Son to die that we may have life and have it abundantly. God sent the Ultimate Healer, that heals us on every level and He desires us to continue His ministry of healing so that others may have life and have it abundantly.
That’s what we’re all about here at International Aid: continuing His ministry of health and life, and life abundantly.