Supporting Christian Mission through Healthcare
Medical Missionary News (MMN) is a registered charity established by a group of UK Christian Doctors in 1922. These doctors had a concern for their medical colleagues involved in missionary work overseas and in 1934 they established trust funds in order to support such work and publish a quarterly magazine that contained reports relating to that work.
In order to assist the work of missionaries, supporters often sent helpful medical items and equipment overseas and in 1982, the MMN director became aware of the advantage of container shipping. In that year, two 20ft container loads of medicines and medical aids were sent for medical missionary work in Zambia. The container work continued to grow so that by the year 2004 seventy-seven containers were sent overseas to eleven different countries.
MMN continues to support the work of medical missionaries, mission hospitals and clinics through the provision of medicines, medical aids, nursing equipment and auxiliary apparatus to various parts of the world for the relief of disease, sickness and suffering, all in association with the preaching of the Christian Gospel. MMN operates in three ways: firstly, via the established process of container shipping, now significantly reduced due to increased bureaucracy overseas and also the increased availability of products and services locally; secondly, in partnership with like-minded missionary organisations through the provision of grants; and thirdly, through the sponsorship of doctors, nurses, students and medical electives in their training and attendance at courses.