Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is increasingly concerned about the health care needs that many of our Nazarene families and others in their communities are facing globally. About 9.2 million people each year die from diseases or childbirth complications that are largely preventable. The two biggest killers of children under age 5, for example, are pneumonia and diarrhea—both easily preventable with access to health care. And every year more than 500,000 women (99 percent living in developing countries), die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. It doesn’t have to be that way. Health care ministry is important to help stop the destructive cycle of poverty and disease in communities around the world.
The Church of the Nazarene has a presence in more than 150 countries, many of which are poverty stricken, lacking adequate health care and other life-giving services. In an effort to live out Christ’s gospel message throughout these communities, we are concerned about the whole person—seeking to meet spiritual, physical, mental, and social needs.
Many countries in need of help face severe shortages of doctors, nurses, and health workers to deliver care. What’s more, even countries that train health workers see many migrate to jobs, even for menial tasks, to wealthier countries. While the Church of the Nazarene has expanded, and is ever growing, we realize that in many places throughout the world, health care is severely lacking and does not meet even the most basic needs of people and communities. NCM seeks to come alongside health care workers and ministries—such as clinics, hospitals, and community-based health care programs—through training, resources, and support. We are working to help address spiritual and physical needs in communities worldwide, reaching those in need in the name of Christ.