What Good Does a Good Samaritan Do?
While countries work hard to address the health care needs of their rural communities on a national level, GFA-supported field workers address the issue at a grassroots level, working with leprosy patients, conducting medical camps and providing health care training to women.
Mostly, these Good Samaritans find plenty of opportunities to meet health needs in the local communities where they minister. Because Pastor Daha was serving in Marut's area, he was available to provide the medical attention Marut desperately needed after being discharged from the hospital—probably saving his life!
Pastor Daha continued to visit Marut regularly, cleaning and dressing his wounds—as he had done for countless leprosy patients before. Marut grew grateful for the sincerity and faithfulness of Pastor Daha. He remembered many times in the past hearing about the God that Pastor Daha worshiped but without any interest. Now, as the pastor lovingly attended his wounds, wounds that even his family members were repulsed by, Marut's heart became knit together with this man of God.
Marut's wounds healed with the care of Pastor Daha, and now he and his family attend the local church led by the pastor who helped snatch Marut's life from the jaws of death.
Filling the Gap Left by Inadequate Health Care
The love and care given by GFA-supported national workers in times of great medical need are filling in the gap of inadequate health care resources, especially in rural and impoverished communities.
The World Health Organization reports, "These [national health coverage] failings result in very large numbers of preventable deaths and disabilities in each country; in unnecessary suffering; in injustice, inequality and denial of basic rights of individuals. The impact is most severe on the poor. … The poor also emerge as receiving the worst levels of responsiveness—they are treated with less respect for their dignity, given less choice of service providers and offered lower-quality amenities."7
Country leaders recognize the problems and are looking at solutions. In India, the health care market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the business8. This means health coverage is becoming available to more people who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. As these strides are being made, national missionaries are present to offer the dignity, responsiveness and love that have not yet reached many poor rural families.
The Great Physician Calls Us to Action