- Christians use their professions to impact others around the world. Using God-given gifts and talents to help the physical and spiritual needs of others is a perfect way to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
- The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) provides free healthcare to the underprivileged around the world. They also provide resources for students and other medical professionals.
- These medical and dental professionals also need the support of other Christians through prayer and encouragement.
You may not be aware of this organization we’re about to introduce you to, but there is a group of multidisciplinary professionals who are doing God’s work in the fields of medicine and dentistry, literally being the “hands of Jesus” to help needy people heal and improve their health.
They follow what Jesus said was the second greatest commandment:
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Matthew 22:39
Not only does this group help bring medical and dental care to the poor, but they also evangelize medical and dental professionals to help improve moral and ethical standards in these fields, as well as help them deal with burnout, stress, and depression.
The struggle to provide healthcare to the poor
America continues to struggle with providing all of its citizens with access to affordable healthcare. To address this problem, one group of professionals has brought God’s call to help the sick and poor into their personal and professional mission by serving as an example of Christ’s love, as they show compassion to all people.
That group is The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). They are made up of both the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA) groups.
The group is involved in numerous projects, from providing free healthcare to the underprivileged, to sponsoring student ministries in medical and dental schools, marriage and family conferences, as well as numerous of other projects and activities. They do this not only within the United States, but Third World countries as well.
The CMDA also provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for both Christian healthcare professionals and students.
Ministering to medical and dental professions
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:19
Evangelism is on the decline in America, and one area where we all benefit by professionals who possess high moral and ethical standards are in the fields of dentistry and medicine.
In addition to the above concerns, we also need to take care of the hearts and minds of our dental and medical professionals. So many in these fields are overworked and deal with high levels of stress or depression. Stressed out professionals have a higher likelihood of making errors – and in the field of medicine – errors can be devastating.
At least 48% of critical care physicians have reported high levels of burnout, and among those, 15% experience some level of colloquial or clinical depression.
The Gospels can help these professionals avoid burnout, as well as, help them alleviate stress.
People who pray regularly are 47 percent more likely to have a high sense of mission and purpose.
Studies have also shown that people who attend religious services regularly are 12 percent less likely to have high depressive symptoms.