Every parent has experienced that scary moment when you realize your child is sick for the first time. Many of us probably have the pediatrician on speed dial for just such occasions. But imagine being a parent in a place where you know that your child will not be able to see a doctor tomorrow morning. In fact, you are not even able to access something as basic as Tylenol to bring down your child's fever. This feeling is a reality for thousands of mothers and fathers every day.
Men, women and children all over the world are suffering and even dying as a result of living in poverty and inadequate medical care. When a disaster strikes many people lack access to those medicines and supplies needed most. For countless people in other regions of the world, treatment is just too expensive and doctors are too far away. Where medical help can be found, far too often doctors, clinics and hospitals do not have the tools and medications necessary to diagnose and treat patients suffering from the most basic ailments. Because of the short supply of vitamins, antibiotics or fever-reducing medicines, many children are at risk for disease, and often, because of high fever, even brain damage.
Healing Hands seeks to show the love of Christ to these individuals who are hurting. By caring for their physical needs it often opens the door for sharing the Gospel.