What led us to serve? After years of preparation, the Lord opened our eyes to His Person, His Great Commission, and His personal call during a Missions Conference. Then in Mexico and Nicaragua, He focused our attention on productive missionaries who were leaving the field. His providential work to prepare us to serve Him by serving missionaries, medically and otherwise, became evident.
What have the missionaries been needing? It’s a spiritual battle! Such difficult medical needs have arisen during this COVID-19 crisis. Desperate for God’s help, the truth of Genesis 41:16 has sustained us, as He has indeed answered Psalm 102 prayers, providing “answers of peace.” He’s (1) led to answers, (2) directed when they couldn’t access needed medical care, and (3) ministered to them with His grace.
What is God teaching us? From the missionary’s perspective, medical care is often limited, especially when it comes to the specialties. From the big-picture view, just as doctors pooled resources to serve patients during this pandemic, missionaries would greatly benefit from spiritually insightful, Christian medical specialists willing to provide counsel when needed.
What has God showed us so far? We continue to invest in necessary training and resources. My search for a medical center willing and able to provide a full-service, medical-resource network for missionaries hasn’t yet born fruit. Now, through the constraints of this pandemic, it seems the Lord is showing us the potential of medical specialists involved nationally by way of online technologies such as telemedicine.
Yes, we’re still focused on the Great Commission, working to reach the lost with the Gospel and to help believers to grow in the Lord. We’re investing financially and in prayer. We’re praying for, and acting on, opportunities to witness. I’m starting to teach the next level of discipleship to a man I led to the Lord back in October, who’s been baptized and joined the church. And we’re serving in our local church.
But we’re seeking your prayers. Our loving heavenly Father is more than able to stir the hearts of the right people to make available medical-specialty counsel, with spiritual insight, for missionaries. In the bigger picture, Pastor Wilkerson often says, “There’s no success without a successor.” My prayer is that the Lord would enable us to organize this network so it might become sustainable, and thereby many productive missionaries will be enabled to continue to serve.
With our heartfelt appreciation,
Dan and Lana Siemer