The Ministry of Health and Healing


Medical Missionaries and Their Work

Chapter 9—Teaching and Healing

When Christ sent out the twelve disciples on their first missionary tour, He said to them, “‘As you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.’” Matthew 10:7, 8. MHH 71.1

To the seventy sent forth later He said: “‘Whatever city you enter, ... heal the sick there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”’” Luke 10:8, 9. The presence and power of Christ was with them, and “the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’” Verse 17. MHH 71.2

After Christ’s ascension, the same work was continued. The scenes of His own ministry were repeated. “From the surrounding cities” there came a multitude “to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts 5:16. MHH 71.3

The disciples “went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them.” “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip. ... For unclean spirits ... came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” Mark 16:20; Acts 8:5-8. MHH 71.4