The northern part of Benin, where medical care is offered, experiences mostly substandard and questionable quality service. Living in an economically depressed region, many of the people, especially those living more remotely, simply do not seek out medical care. They rely instead on home remedies or “traditional” medical regimens. Infectious diseases (often preventable and treatable), poor nutrition, and untreated injuries, cause prolonged illnesses that greatly impact individuals, families and their communities. The lack of access to good medical care and basic health education has been a way of life for the people of northern Benin for many generations.
Recent short-term medical clinics conducted in association with local churches have been very well received by the rural communities and the people have gladly accepted these services. A permanent Benin Clinic medical facility, offering sound basic health care and promoting healthy lifestyle choices, will be a great asset to the area. It will immediately provide medical services that are virtually non-existent and allow for future expanded services. This clinic ministry will show a little of the compassion displayed by Jesus in His earthly ministry.
It is interesting to note that nearly all of Jesus' miracles involved physical healing or met basic physical needs. Of all the ways He could have demonstrated that He was indeed the Son of God, Jesus chose to heal diseases and relieve suffering. Surely there is something about showing concern toward physical needs that softens hearts and opens minds to the message of the gospel that is able to give spiritual healing. The nature of Jesus' miracles shows His compassion toward man's physical distress and provides a great example for Christians today as we seek to share the gospel with other.
Matthew 4:23 reads: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people."