(Interview with Joshua Harrison begins at 2:56)
Article by Lyndsey Koh at Mission Network News
Mozambique (MNN) — Deep in the bush of Mozambique, medical resources are hard to come by. For those living with chronic pain, even aspirin is a luxury. If a man or woman or child is coming to the end of their life, there is often little-to-no access to hospice care.
The Compassionate Care Team with Audio Scripture Ministries stands in the gap for Mozambicans who need hospice or palliative care. They recently celebrated their 100th patient — a sobering milestone showing how necessary their care has been.
Joshua Harrison with ASM explains, “Our Compassionate Care Team helps distribute God’s Word in audio to their patients, and they deliver basic hygiene products and medicine. They offer compassionate care being the hands and feet of Jesus to people who receive very little hospital care, palliative care, [or] pain medication.”
The Compassionate Care Ministry was started in 2015 by ASM missionary Dara Vanden Bosch in Mozambique. “She saw a young girl suffer with uncontrolled pain and die. As a trained nurse, Dara wanted to help reach out to that need in the community.”
Since then, Harrison says, “She has been training a team of three Mozambican women who now make regular visits to patients.”
There are currently 24 patients being served by ASM’s Compassionate Care Team. The weekly journey to see each patient is difficult, and the team has to go “deep into the bush over pretty wild roads, sometimes bringing the supplies, bringing the care, talking with the patients, taking care of basic medical needs, and praying with them as well as seeing what they are listening to on their audio Bible and answering questions.”
The audio Bible distribution is just as critical as the medical care, if not more so. While the Compassionate Care Team meets temporal, physical needs, they also address spiritual needs.
ASM records and distributes audio Bibles around the world, and making these resources available to patients in Mozambique prepares them for eternity.
“As people are lying there, many times unable to move from their sick beds and their families maybe don’t even know how to take care of them, we come, we pray with them, we give them some basic medicine, [and] we see how God brings physical comfort as they are listening to the audio Bible and amazing spiritual peace to those who are turning to Him.”
Last month, ASM also celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The theme was, “Because I matter.”
Harrison says, “This resonates with our vision for the Mozambican Compassionate Care Team because everything that we’re doing there is because each person is precious to God.
“As believers, we know everyone matters to God. ‘For God so loved the world.’ It’s a basic, underlying principle of why God is doing what He is doing and why He is calling us to reach out and to love people and to bring them into His Kingdom to proclaim the Gospel.”
Knowing this truth — that each person is precious in the eyes of our Heavenly Father — how does that drive us to action?
One thing you can do is come alongside ASM and their Compassionate Care Team as they provide palliative and hospice care to beloved men, women, and children in Mozambique.
“We ask you to pray for our team as they make these visits. The travel is often precarious. The situations are often difficult. Many times since many of these patients come when they are at death’s doorstep, a lot of times the team doesn’t have long with these patients. So pray for open hearts to receive the Gospel,” asks Harrison.
“Pray for strength for the team as they meet with and pray for these patients and help their families cope with loss, that God would strengthen our team and also that He would do great things in people’s lives.”
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