Imagine you are an 86-year-old woman living in a wooden hut in a rural area cut off from the rest of the world. You have developed a severe cough that keeps you awake at night. There are no hospitals or doctors in your village. Your only son is in drug rehab eight hours away. Your daughter, who lives in a village located two hours away, is in an abusive relationship and refuses to talk to you. Scenes like this are common, everyday occurrences in rural settings.
You cry out into the darkness, “What will happen to me? No one even knows I am alive.” Then there is a knock on the door and strangers with smiling faces crowd into your living room. “Agape? A doctor? You have medicines?” Can you imagine the tears streaming down her face when she hears, “God loves you! He has not forgotten you.”? Agape goes where no one else dares to go and helps those no one cares about.
Agape conducts medical expeditions into remote areas, taking doctors, medicines, and supplies to the people who live there. After meeting the physical needs, Agape team members are often able to address deeper spiritual needs. Agape needs medical and non-medical people who will "GO" on these medical teams to share the Love of God with people who know little or nothing about Him.
Medical Expeditions Medical and non-medical people travel in small, individualized teams of 4 to 6 people, including translators, to remote, isolated isolated villages, places where no one else wants or cares to go. Teams travel by trains, private cars, and public transportation. In some cases, you may even travel by horse sleigh, snow mobile, reindeer sleigh, 6x6 trucks, or river boat. You may also be able to experience an authentic banya and roll in the snow! Don’t miss it! It is a FANTASTIC experience.
Once you arrive, you will be able to share your medical knowledge and skills. Non-medical people can be a part of each team by giving out reading glasses. We can teach you to fit reading glasses in about 30-45 minutes. It is a very rewarding experience to give eyeglasses to a person who has not been able to read or see clearly for years.
Agape always works with a local church who will do follow up after we leave. During your visit, you will have a chance to encourage believers, pray, and share your faith with them. You will have tea in their homes, hear stories about their lives in the remote areas, and understand the persecutions of being a Christian among people who worship other gods. You will feel like the Apostle Paul as you understand the challenges these people face.