Each year, World Medical Mission—the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse—sends hundreds of doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals to mission hospitals in dozens of countries. The ministry also provides these hospitals and clinics with much needed medical equipment.
One such hospital is Chitokoloki Mission Hospital in the northwest province of Zambia. The 200-bed facility serves a patient population of 150,000; nearly 400 people receive medical treatment at the outpatient clinic each day.
Anna arrived at Chitokoloki with burns covering the back of her legs and thighs. The seven-year-old got too close to the flames of a fire pit outside her family’s home, resulting in third-degree burns. If infection set in, Anna’s chances of survival would plummet.
Dr. Kevin Kerrigan was the general surgeon when Anna was brought in, having been placed at Chitokoloki Mission Hospital by World Medical Mission. A tribute to God’s foresight and blessing, Kerrigan and his wife, Leslie, a nurse, had brought a dermatome machine with them to the hospital, which was exactly what was needed for Anna’s skin grafts. Within days, Anna was playing with toys while recovering in her hospital bed. Although it will take months to fully recover, Anna is “healing very well, smiling, and is up and about playing with friends on the ward,” says Gordon Hanna, the hospital administrator.
Medical professionals like Dr. Kerrigan are on the front lines of medical ministry. They are vital in bringing the hope of Christ to developing countries.
“You know that you are making a difference in people’s lives,” says Dr. Kerrigan. “And if you can serve God by serving other people, it fulfills you spiritually too. There’s no substitute for that.”