MISSOURI CITY, TX – There is no doubt about it. There is no place like HOME. It’s especially true for people in seven nations in the Middle East. For them, HOME is an acronym for Health Outreach to the Middle East.
Health Outreach to the Middle East is a Christ-centered health organization serving in the Arab world in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, and South Sudan. HOME supports three medical clinics, a charity hospital, a home care medical service, and a mobile clinic in Egypt.
HOME supports the Christian Medical Fellowship program in Egypt where healthcare workers are equipped both professionally and spiritually “so that they may become living witnesses to their colleagues, patients, and the community in general.”
The Antioch Project in Egypt, a program to train and send Arabs to Arabs has graduated over 3,000 Bible-believing Arab healthcare workers on how to share the love of God along the bedside of the patients they serve.
The project, named after the city known for sending out missionaries in the first century, supplements medical training with lessons on how to provide Christ-like care by loving the patient as oneself. The project specializes in training healthcare workers in nursing, medical missions, and the treatment of tropical diseases before sending them out to full-time service in the MENA region.
HOME was one of only a few organizations allowed to establish a medical clinic in the country during the Iraq War. HOME is still functioning in Iraq through the Grace Community Health Center in Baghdad and a mobile clinic that is the only one permitted to work in the Hersham camp that houses 1,000 refugees near Erbil.
“The Grace Community Health Center is open four hours a day, five times a week and offers medical services such as dentistry, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and a pharmacy. In the waiting room, a TV continuously shows worship songs, spiritual sermons, and other Christian resources as patients wait for their turn to be seen. Around 3,000-4,000 patients are seen a year at a minimal cost, or sometimes at no cost.”
In Jordan, HOME helps to support two sanatoriums, two medical clinics, and a mobile clinic that provides both medical and dental aid along with presenting Jesus Christ. The Annoor Sanatorium for Chest Diseases was originally established to serve the oft-neglected Bedouin people. Today, patients come from many Arab nations. The Annoor Sanatorium is the only one in Jordan dedicated to treating tuberculosis.
The Healing Grace Medical Center is one of the most trusted medical clinics in Lebanon. The medical center building is spacious enough to house an evangelical Christian church within its walls. In conjunction with the medical center, HOME supports a mobile clinic that travels four times each month to extremely poor outlying villages, thus extending the center’s outreach medically and spiritually.
War-torn Syria is home to the Tabbaleh Clinic located near Damascus. The facility offers a wide array of medical specialties at minimal cost to native Syrians and Iraqi refugees.
The ongoing strife in Sudan and South Sudan keeps the HOME-supported Good Shepherd Clinics in Madani and Juba extremely busy. Patients at these clinics typically arrive with conditions such as malaria, TB, typhoid, and many other infectious diseases. As in the other medical centers, Christ-oriented movies are shown, and Christian literature is available in the waiting rooms.
HOME’s sponsored dentist is in the midst of establishing a training program for qualified Sudanese who will, when their course is completed, be able to perform basic dental work.
HOME President Issam Raad summarizes the organization and its work as “the life and the move of the Spirit of Christ. This is the Spirit of healing grace and reconciliation that unveils Christ, through Christ-like healthcare professionals, who reach out with His healing touch to the suffering, offering His Cure of loving kindness.”
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