Medical Service Ministries
MSM has devolved its operations and funds to another organisation, and is no longer able to accept applications for grants. The press release below gives further details. There are also two statements – one from MSM and the other from PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education – the organisation with which MSM has amalgamated its assets.
If you need to contact MSM, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – but please note that this email address (and this website) will be kept ‘live’ only for a limited period. Please note also the following two paragraphs:
A word from PRIME —
PRIME recognises MSM’s generosity over many decades in supporting individual students during their education. PRIME’s vision is parallel in that we seek to facilitate our medical tutors in their call to travel to teach their colleagues about Christian whole-person care in other cultures. We are mindful of Paul’s instruction in 2 Timothy 2.2: Everything that you have heard me teach in public you should in turn entrust to reliable people, who will be able to pass it on to others.
We do however regret that we are not in a position to fund the medical education of individual students. However, we would encourage them to consider joining the PRIME network for encouragement if they find that they share our calling. Details are on our website: www.prime-international.org
MEDICAL CHARITY CLOSES AFTER OVER A CENTURY OF SERVICE
After 113 years, the Christian medical charity MSM closes but invests its resources in the future of compassionate and holistic healthcare.
The Christian charity Medical Service Ministries (MSM), after an honourable history stretching back to 1903, has decided to amalgamate its resources with those of a like-minded organisation. During its lifetime, MSM has enabled Christians to provide physical and spiritual healthcare to communities in countries where such resources are scarce.
Until 1996, the initials MSM stood for the Missionary School of Medicine. This was established in 1903 to provide some basic medical knowledge to Christians without professional health training, setting off to work in South America, Africa, the Far East and other parts of the world. The British Homeopathic Association, founded in 1902, provided initial funding. The teaching of basic medicine and first aid was given voluntarily by the medical staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital, with contributions from sympathetic teachers from the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and obstetric and casualty departments in Central London. First aid kits of homeopathic medicine for use by missionary families were given by pharmacists. Overseas workers were thus able to maintain their own health and that of their colleagues, whilst providing a type of barefoot medical care to under-resourced parts of the world. By 1934, there had been more than 700 graduates from the School, and in the next 62 years a further 800 students graduated. With the advent of antibiotics and other modern medical advances, as well as the development of local health services in those countries, the demand for this training decreased significantly in the latter half of the twentieth century, leading to the closure of the School in 1996.
At that point, MSM transformed itself into a grant-making trust, offering financial assistance to both expatriate and national Christian health workers to undertake further training to enhance the healthcare they gave in the resource-poor areas in which they worked. Now, however, taking into account the way in which healthcare has developed worldwide, it has been decided that the most effective way for this work to continue and grow is to entrust the resources of MSM to the UK-based Christian medical charity PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education to support what they are doing in a very similar field.
PRIME has a unique ministry of training healthcare leaders from across the world to recognise the importance of providing not simply physical care, but care founded on a thorough respect for each person – each patient – as an individual valued by God and therefore deserving of compassionate and holistic care by the health personnel attending them, recognising – as the World Health Organisation does – the importance of the spiritual and mental dimensions to physical well-being. This echoes the ethos that brought MSM into being and sustained it throughout its 113 years, and is the reason that MSM has already, through grants over several years, partnered with PRIME. MSM wish PRIME well as they develop their vital work yet further.
A statement from MSM
Over a period of 113 years, the ministry of Medical Service Ministries – formerly the Missionary School of Medicine – has enabled Christians, both expatriate and national, to provide physical and spiritual healthcare to communities in countries where resources are scarce, and many have served faithfully in this work.
However, at this point in time, taking into account the way in which healthcare has developed worldwide and the foundational aims of MSM, it has been decided that the most effective way for this work to continue and grow is to entrust the resources of MSM to the UK-based Christian medical charity PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education in order to support all that they are doing in a very similar field, and to enable their work to develop even further. MSM has, for some years, partnered with PRIME in supporting some of the work they have been doing.
We are confident of God’s leading in this amalgamation of resources so that the work of PRIME may go from strength to strength. If you would like PRIME to keep in touch with you, please let them know, as the details we hold for you remain confidential unless you give us permission for them to be shared.
A statement from PRIME
We are a community of healthcare professionals who are involved in healthcare education. We started discussing over twenty years ago how we could be part of the vision to help restore and encourage the Lord’s values of compassion and patient care into the heart of the practice of healthcare. We sought to be active, rather than just conversational, to extend the Lord’s influence into the very core of healthcare thinking. We could only do this under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and we have been watching in amazement as the work has now extended across the world to more than seventy countries, where our tutors travel voluntarily and at their own expense to teach in medical schools and other places of influence.
We operate as a community, rather than simply an organisation. We seek to inspire and resource others to fulfil the vision in their own culture and language. We pray regularly for discernment of the Spirit’s leadership about opportunities as they arise. God has enabled us to teach in a great variety of settings – from prestigious hospitals and medical schools to groups of pastors and church health workers in some of the poorest countries of the world. We have a base of 287 tutors, of which more than 100 tutors are active in any given year: they generously give their time and professional expertise. The organisation of the programmes (76 in 2015) is highly complex and we are very dependent on our superb team in the office to facilitate this.
We would welcome and value your ongoing prayers and support for this fruitful Kingdom vision, which is already beginning to transform the practice of healthcare in so many countries. Do please look at our website www.prime-international.org (which inevitably cannot be very direct about our faith) and do feel free to contact us for any questions that arise. We have a regular international email, newsletter and a monthly prayer letter – the team would be very pleased to add you to our list to receive them.
We do feel honoured and blessed by all the MSM trustees and supporters. They have supported so many people over the years, and now we in turn sincerely thank them so much for their generosity in enabling PRIME’s continuing work for the Lord.
In the Lord’s friendship
John Caroe (Chair of Trustees)
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