HCJB Global will be planting healthcare ministries worldwide, taking Christ-centered healthcare to those who need it most in rural, remote, and poverty-stricken areas where people have not yet heard the Gospel.
Encouraged by the success of its recently-sold Hospital Vozandes in Quito, Ecuador, HCJB is looking to strategically spread healthcare resources and services in some of the least-reached areas of the world where less than two percent of the population know Christ as Lord. In doing so, local communities will receive the Gospel via mobile clinics and media as HCJB Global continues its mission to be the hands and voice of Christ.
"Just as HCJB Global transitioned itself from shortwave radio in a single location in Quito and planted over 400 Christian FM stations worldwide, the sale of the hospital enables us to be more nimble and global in spreading healthcare resources through opening doors in Africa, Haiti, Eastern Europe and Nepal," said Wayne Pederson, President and CEO of HCJB Global.
The recent excitement over the sale of Hospital Vozandes, he added, "is not about the sale of an asset."
"It's about taking what we've learned in Latin America to the hard-to-reach places of the world," Pederson explained. "This shift will enable less management of property and more ministry to needy people. It's about being more mobile and far-reaching to those who have yet to experience the loving hands of Jesus."
Over the past 58 years, hundreds of thousands at Hospital Vozandes have reportedly experienced physical and spiritual healing. In keeping with its core missiology, the hospital ministry filled the void of healthcare in Ecuador in 1955 with quality care and Christ-centered values. Through the years, as the Ecuadorian government has provided more stable healthcare, the Hospital Vozandes ministry transitioned to the leadership of highly skilled and responsible nationals who are now able to minister without outside help. Today, all hospital positions are filled by Latinos who combine knowledge of Ecuadorian culture with Christian values.
According to HCJB, Hospital Vozandes’ new parent company, Ginsberg Ecuador, S.A., has pledged to continue the hospital's current Christian philosophy and values, including its chaplaincy services, medical education and assistance to the poor. An agreement was reached between HCJB Global and the new owners, allowing foreign missionaries to continue to help at the hospital.
HCJB Global will maintain ownership and management of the hospital through a transition period until June 30, 2014.
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Fernando Espinoza examines a patient during a mobile medical clinic in Ghana. More mobile clinics like this one will provide far-reaching Christ-centered healthcare to rural, remote and poverty-stricken global areas. Photograph courtesy of HCJB Global.
Published: June 13, 2013