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Domestic Medical Mission

In the 1970s and 1980s when churches in Korea were growing, in each area of the country this ministry was active together with the evangelical ministry. Since 1984, Somang Medical Mission went to the less fortunate areas in the city, unestablished churches and areas in the countryside with in need of medical aids. They went there to provide medical services and spread the Word of God and since at that time there were many areas that did not receive health care, medical mission came to play a huge role in the revival of churches.

However, in 1988, when Medical insurances were implemented and public health care was set up in all rural areas and islands, the places that needed the help of medical mission reduced. Though, medical institutes were getting greatly increased, there still are areas that do not enjoy the benefits of health care. For example, the increasing number of homeless and foreign workers that came to our country are working in terrible and risky conditions who does not get full medical benefits and discrimination.

Somang Medical Mission group performs medical treatment for the homeless at Seoul Station once a month and does medical mission work at rehabilitation center in Yang Pyung twice a year. We visit the foreign workers mission fellowship every month to greet them and do medical mission work in foreign workers mission where Ammi mission fellowship and the Overseas Mission group supports several times a year.

1. Medical Center in Church
4 medical teams are composed to prepare for emergency situations during
services on every Sunday in the morning and afternoon (1 doctor, 2 pharmacists, 1 receptionist)
Every week there are about 30 patients.
2. Medical services in the community
Three classes gather every second Sunday of the month and visit to the unestablished churches, welfare centers,
and Ammi Mission fellowship to provide medical service and to evangelize.
3. Homeless at Seoul Station
From 1998 until present, every second Thursday from 7:30 pm ~ 9:30 pm
in the underground at Seoul Station, medical treatment is provided.
Currently there are about ten organizations such as clinics supported by the City of Seoul
and Ministry of Health and Welfare, Somang church and Association of Physicians for
Humanism that are doing voluntary work.
These organizations are also operating a center to assist homeless people to recover
and Jesus Love Mission provides free meal every Thursday evening
4. Medical service for foreign workers
Currently medical services are provided to foreign workers at Seoul Mission church in
Kwangjin-gu every third Sunday 2:30pm ~ 5:30pm. About 50% of the people
are Mongolian, about 30-40% Iranians and others are from the Southeast countries,
Middle east, Africa, etc. (most of them are illegal residences).
There are some foreigners who come to Korea and enter the School of Theology (some converts from Muslim).
5. Provision of medical staff and medicine on special events.
Medical support and staff attend church events in overseas short term missions,
voluntary services in rural countryside of the University group, young adults group
voluntary service in mutual cooperation with other Member Office groups.

Domestic Medical Mission

In late 1990s, medical mission teams in churches and mission organizations started to take interest in overseas mission. Somang church medical mission also started overseas medical mission in 1996, focusing on Yianbian University of Science and Technology in Jilin Huagiao.

Afterwards, there have been overseas medical mission 6 times in China, 1 in Nepal, 8 times in Mongolia and 5 times in Laos. Furthermore, we provide staff, medicine and equipment for medical mission when other groups of the Member office or communities go on short term missions.

It is usual for short term medical mission activities to make a tour of different areas but it is our unique characteristic of Somang medical mission group to visit the same areas repeatedly as they believe that continuous ministry can obtain specific results. In Mongolia 4 churches has been built including the Jeil Church, which is the largest church in Mongolia, and invited students and professors of Ulan Bataar University to Korea five times to observe Christianity in Korea.

Overseas Medical Mission needs a program to ensure that it is not just a voluntary medical service but used for spreading the gospel and for mission. Furthermore, we do not only give prescriptions but perform professional treatments such as undergoing surgeries. To achieve this, it is necessary to consider a cooperating hospital or base hospital in the mission field. A hospital was recently constructed to connect to the University of Ulan Bataar and we believe that it can fulfill such a role.

1. Medical mission in Mongolia
: Mission work was performed 8 times and churchesin four places were built as a result (Summer)
2. Laos Medical Mission
: Mission work performed 5 times (Winter)
3. Provide of medical staff and medicine equipment during mission trips suchas Overseas mission group and Northern area mission

Time line of activities

1984
First ~ third session (Medical Class of Evangelism Group of Somang church - period of establishment and relocation of medical mission fellowship)
Sungnam Sangdaewon central church (3 times)
3 medical treatments, 15 participating members each year, 350 patients in total
1985
1-28th session
10 churches including Sungnam Shinkwang church
28 medical treatments, 344 participating members each year, 4418 patients in total
1986
29-55th session
8 churches including Pankyo Kungbaek church and 2 facilities including Bansong Sarang Bat rehabilitation center
28 medical treatments, 344 participating members each year, 4418 patients in total
1987
56-84th session
9 churches including Uijungbu Hosung church and 3 facilities including Glibo 3 dong Saeteo children facilties
29 medical treatments, 370 participating members each year, 4099 patients in total
1988
85-111 session
13 churches including Paldang Bongan Church
27 medical treatments, 343 participating members each year, 3511 patients in total
* Hairdressing team started to joined this year
1989
112-138th session
15 churches including Eumsung Evergreen church and Bansong Sarang Bat rehabilitation center
27 medical treatments, 307 participating members each year, 3095 patients in total
* First national medical mission convention hosted by Korea Council of Healing Mission in Somang Church on Oct. 8 1989

1990
139-164th session
14 churches including Pochun Keumhyun church and Bansong Sarang Bat rehabilitation center
26 medical treatments, 296 participating members each year, 2630 patients in total
* A Council of Korea Council of Healing Mission was formed on March 31 1990 and Somang medical mission group registered as a member
1991
165 - 191st session
18 churches including PyungNae Hopyung church and Eden House in Guro dong
27 medical treatments, 327 participating members each year, 3792 patients in total
1992
192-212th session
17 churches including Haebul (Torchlight) church in Suwon and 2 facilities including Somang Childrens Home in Sungnam 21 medical treatments, 226 participating members each year, 2658 patients in total
21 medical treatments, 226 participating members each year, 2658 patients in total
* Dec. 1992 Duration of medical treatment and ways for improvement
Duration of medical treatment : Mar. ~ Jun. (4 months, 4 times a month)
Sept. ~ Nov. (3 months, twice a month)
Method of medical treatment: Medical treatment for rural areas without medical service
1993
213 ~ 227th session
9 churches including Dukshin church in Chungbuk Joongwon and Chunui welfare center in Buchun
15 medical treatments, 198 participating members each year, 2747 patients in total
Aug. 1996
Medical mission in Doseo Namhae district
Aug. 1998
Medical mission in Heuksando
Aug. 2000
Medical mission in Jangsando, Junnam

Domestic
Homeless in Seoul Station: 11 medical treatments, 1413 patients in total, 260 foreign workers (Seoul Mission Church and Ammi Mission Fellowship) in total
3 churches including Asan Dongsan church: 643 patients
5 facilities including Bohoonwon, Suwon: 1293 patients
dical center in church and support for church event: 2952 patients
Overseas
Vientiane District, Laos: 2808 patients
Ulan Bataar District Mongolia: 2193 patients

Domestic
Homeless in Seoul Station: 10 medical treatments, 890 patients
432 Foreign workers (4 areas including Seoul Mission Fellowship) in total
3 churches including Okcung church in Okchun: 616 patients
Medical center in church and support of church events : 2360 patients
Overseas
Vientiane District, Laos: 2091 patients
Ulan Bataar District Mongolia: 2990 patients

Domestic
Homeless in Seoul Station: 10 medical treatment, 772 patients
406 Foreign workers (Seoul Mission Church and Ammi Mission Fellowship) in total
churches including Baekbong church in Yongin: 812 of patients
Medical center in church and support for church event: 2206 patients
Overseas
Vientiane District, Laos: 2530 patients
Ulan Bataar District Mongolia: 2784 patients