Global Health

Why is Health Important to United Methodists?

All human beings have been created in the image of God and are called to the abundant life found in God. In the biblical story of the woman with the hemorrhage, Jesus provides an example of his healing ministry that includes the spiritual as well as physical status of the person.

And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well.
(Matthew 9:20-22, RSV)

We believe that our mission as the Church is to continue the redemptive ministry of Christ, including teaching, preaching, and healing. Christ's healing was not peripheral but central in his ministry. The church, therefore, understands itself as called by the Lord to the holistic ministry of healing: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.

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As the hands and feet of Christ in the world,  we can be a part of his healing ministry in many ways.

  • Developing Community Gardens to improve the nutritional value of food used in community meals and church pantries.
  • Develop a parish nursing program that extends beyond members of your congregation.
  • Invite a health professional to talk with people in your church about ways you can improve your health through diet and exercise.
  • Support Wings of the Morning in North Katanga. This program allows our missionary, Gaston Ntambo, to fly in life saving medications during the yearly cholera epidemic and to fly people with health crises to far-away hospitals.
  • Pray for the health and well being of all God's children.


Health Care Video Bible Study, produced by Ryan Grace, Julia Bingman and Dee Stickley-Miner

  • What does it mean for care to be inclusive?
  • What are the benefits and downsides to this? What is affordability?
  • What does accessibility require of us?
  • How can such a system be accountable?

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