MMN was established by a group of UK Christian Doctors in 1922 who had a concern for their medical colleagues involved in missionary work overseas. In 1934 they established trust funds in order to support such work and publish a quarterly magazine that contained reports relating to that work. The magazine continues to be produced quarterly and can be downloaded as a PDF document from the MAGAZINES page. MMN registered as a charity in 1964.
In order to assist the work of missionaries supporters often sent helpful medical items and equipment overseas. This was a lengthy and potentially unreliable process and so in 1982 the MMN director used his business links to establish a means of transporting goods through the more reliable and secure container shipping operation. 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.
Over the years the methodology and emphasis of the operation has had to adapt to changing needs and circumstances but the underlying motivation, the communication of the love of God through his son Jesus and the provision of relief for the alleviation of suffering, remains constant and steadfast.
Today MMN continues to support the work of medical missionaries, mission hospitals and clinics in three ways:
MMN is overseen by a team of enthusiastic trustees who honour the statutory objective of the UK Charities Commission by ensuring that MMN complies with its legal obligations and operating remit, promoting public trust and confidence.
Support for Christian medical students
In the care of 'Love into Action', Palestine
Maternity care at Chitokoloki Hospital, Zambia
Fultang Clinic, Cameroon, under construction
Orphaned children under the care of the Lunga Trust, Zambia
Wheelchairs for Romania
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Following a career in the Financial Industry Tony joined MMN as a volunteer. A few months later he was invited to accept the position of Assistant Director and eventually succeeded the retiring Director in 2008.
Keith spent a total of twenty-six years working for Barclays Bank and M&G. Working for MMN since 2008, he now deals with purchases, deliveries, container loading, paperwork and deputation meetings.
Roger previously worked as an auditor for chartered accountants in London and a regulator with the former Financial Services Authority. He joined MMN in 2003 and works two days a week as our accountant.
Assistant Director & Accountant
Malcolm spent thirty-eight years in the communications industry. He has found a niche assisting MMN in various ways, including maintenance of the computer network. He spends two days a week in the Wickford office.
A volunteer friend recommended that Bob become a driver for MMN. Once a Design and Development engineer for Transit vans, Bob saw this as a natural progression to use his experience in Christian mission work.