TEAMS for Medical Missions

PO Box 215 ~ Macungie, PA 18062


Author Archives: John Heater


When I reflect on the fact that we only have
three full-time employees (missionaries) and
three part-time office personnel and a volunteer
board of directors, it astounds me to see what
God is accomplishing through this ministry.

How is it that we are able to impact churches both in
Jamaica and here in the States? How is it that we
are able to share the gospel and bring the Word
of God to bear on the needs of so many? How is
it that we are able to serve as the family doctor
for about 1000 people in the Parish of St. Mary,
Jamaica? How is it that we are able to provide
food and shelter for those in great need? How
is it that we are able to train pastors and church
leaders and help prepare them for ministry?

The answer is two-fold: we serve an amazing
God and we have YOU on our team! Many of
you serve as prayer partners with us – prayer
is that mysterious thing that God has ordained
to use to bring about change; without it, our
ministry would be ineffective at best. Many of
you serve as financial partners with us – money
is that not so mysterious thing that is required
to fund ministry as well as something God uses
as a faith-building tool; without it, our ministry
would be impossible. Many of you choose to
volunteer your time and talents (as well as pay
your own way) to serve on J-Teams to Jamaica
or on our Medi-Pack team. Without you, this
ministry would not exist, and its impact would
not be felt. Good for you! Thank you for being
such a vital part of the team and for serving the
Lord so faithfully in this manner!

It is such a joy to serve with you on this team – but we
are not finished yet. We still have room for many more
to join this team in all capacities: prayer, finances,
presence and time. Included in this Vital Signs
is a letter outlining our financial need to finish
the year well and be able to enter 2020 on good
footing in hopes of expanding our ministry
impact. We are focusing on our heartbeat fund
because it is consistently well below budget.
One-time gifts are more than welcomed and
greatly appreciated, but we are especially
seeking monthly financial partners for this fund.
We also invite you to join us on a J-Team, either
for the first time, or once again, and there is
always room for more prayer partners – please
consider investing in the Team.

TEAMS for Medical Missions is about
Healing the Body (meeting physical needs opens
doors to meet spiritual needs)
Making Disciples (introducing people to who
Jesus truly is and teaching and modeling what it
means to be a Christ follower)
Strengthening the Local Church (equipping
Jamaican churches for effective ministry at
home and beyond)

Philippians 1:3-5  I thank God in all my remembrance of you,
always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,
in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

Feeding Jesus

Matthew 25:34-40 Sharing the gospel clearly is required if people are going to understand and accept the good news of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:13,14 tells us that unless the gospel is heard, a person cannot believe and be saved, making speaking the gospel paramount. But is speaking all that is required of us – or… Continue Reading

Doing Our Part

Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:29-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13 Jesus had just received news of his cousin, John the Baptist’s death, and decided to sail across the Sea of Galilee with his disciples to a secluded place to rest. But the people saw where they were headed and ran around the Sea of Galilee to meet… Continue Reading

Consider Something More

Often when people think of missionaries, they think of someone living in another country serving full-time for the rest of their lives. While that definition can fit, there are lots of other definitions that can fit as well: Regular – we have several individuals who have chosen to make J-Teams a regular part of their… Continue Reading

Partnering with God

Our God is a relational God. He created us in His image as relational, rational, volitional, emotional beings. And then He invited us to partner with Him. Judges 6,7 gives the account of Gideon’s invitation to partner with God and the four things God requires: faith, obedience, the Holy Spirit, and God’s grace. Faith is… Continue Reading

The Value of Serving on a J-Team

Serving is a huge part of the Christian Life–it is what we are designed for, serving others. From the very beginning we were created to meet others’ needs and allow others to meet our needs. Jesus Himself said He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). Service comes in many forms–with family, with friends, with people you… Continue Reading

Character trumps comfort

John 16:33 …In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Hardship, injustice, violence, sickness, pain, evil is all part and parcel for the world in which we live. Things are getting worse, not better, and Jesus’ prayer to the Father on our behalf in John 17 was not… Continue Reading

Obedience trumps safety

The Nichols’, Hentzels’, and T4MM families have lost two very precious people violently and suddenly. And we will miss Harold and Randy very, very much. We have received three common responses from people. First, people do not know what to say – how do you comfort a spouse, a son or daughter, a co-worker, in… Continue Reading