Steve
I was raised by parents who knew the Lord, so growing up I knew many of the facts of the Bible and could have correctly answered questions about the plan of salvation, but I didnít fully understand that I was a sinner. I remember a specific day when I was in the third grade when I first felt convicted about sin and prayed for forgiveness, and I believe that is the day the Lord saved me. I believe that my sin separated me from God and I was deserving of Godís judgement, but that the Lord Jesus died as my substitute to pay that debt that I could never pay on my own. Despite my unrighteousness, God sees me as righteous because I place my faith in the work of Jesus Christ for my salvation. Immediately after that day in the third grade, there was a change in my life where I first became interested in listening to teaching from Godís Word and in doing what was right...

Kat
Born and raised by Christian parents who were serving as medical missionaries in the Philippines, I had plenty of exposure to the things of God. Growing up, my siblings and I were introduced to and taught about God, and in the process that seed was planted in my heart. Because of my familyís frequent travels and relocations during my childhood and preteen years, I do not recall when I accepted the Lord as my Savior. My mother once told me I had prayed with her when I was 5 years old but my life since then did not reflect what it meant to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. During those years, I was anchoring my salvation on my godly heritage and felt confident that belonging to a Christian family was enough for me to get to heaven. From the outside, I displayed a behavior and attitude of a Christian girl but from the inside, I was rotten and rebellious. It wasnít until my freshman year in college...
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Our Ministry in Benin

For several years, we have both believed that the Lord has been directing us toward serving Him in a mission field that has both medical and spiritual needs by using medicine to open doors to share the gospel. Because the Lord's great commission given in Matthew 28:18-20 includes "...teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you," we plan to work closely both with American missionaries Colin and Teena Ovenell and with Benin national Pastor Isaac and the church in Boiffo who can ensure that spiritual follow up and discipleship continue after patients leave the clinic. They have found that among the ways they have attempted to reach out to their neighbors and to the surrounding villages, medical ministry has been one of the most effective. The village chief donated land to the church for the purpose of building a medical clinic to serve the needs of the community, but the church lacks personnel with adequate training to run the clinic.

Our primary goals are:
1) To establish a medical clinic that is capable of providing better medical care than the little that is locally available, but also is effective in providing every patient the opportunity to hear the gospel

2) To train local Christians to minister in the clinic and equip the church to take over the administration of the clinic over the next few years

3) To establish a model by which the church can reach out to other villages either through mobile medical clinics or the establishment of more permanent satellite clinics in other villages