Jessalyn Massingill took this photo, and I think it captures some of the essence of the medical mission. There is a great deal of power and healing in touch, even with a gloved hand. We are, after all, a MEDICAL mission. We take every reasonable precaution to keep ourselves healthy and to communicate trust in our professional and medically appropriate approach. We follow the rules of the Zambian government, we seek licensure of all of our medical volunteers, and we follow medical protocols, but we are also a medical MISSION. We are there to be a witness to the Lord's love and mercy. Sometimes the two seem goals seem to compete, but most of the time they are nicely intertwined.
I want to encourage our team this year to seek this wonderful balance. You are going to be very tempted to sacrifice your own rest, health, and even emotional / spiritual balance to do as much as you can while you are there. I think the motivation is appropriate, but I want to encourage you to remember that you can't serve others if you are sick yourself, whether it be physically or spiritually.
Take care of yourself, find your balance, and you will be able to be a powerful witness to God's love.