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Founded in 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama, Health Talents International is a non-profit Christian organization that works within the Churches of Christ to promote medical evangelism in developing countries. As Christians, we feel that God expects us to use our talents, medical and otherwise, in His service. (Matthew 25)

Jesus introduced a unique partnership between health care and evangelism, as he "was going about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and healing every kind of sickness." Matthew 9:35 We believe a sick person is able to hear the good news of God's wonderful love more clearly if he first feels that love through another person's actions.

Health Talents Objectives

Vision: Through medical evangelism in Central America, HTI will nurture self-supporting and self-replicating bodies of Christ.

Strategic Objectives:
  1. To preach the gospel in word and deed through medical evangelism.
  2. To train local Christians in medical evangelism: professional education, Health Promoters (HP) and Volunteer Health Promoter/Evangelist (VHP/VHE) training, evangelist training, Bible seminars, staff training and retreats, etc.
  3. To assist in the development of local Christians/health care workers for the future through the ABC and Scholarship Programs.
  4. To provide opportunities for North American Christians to use their talents in medical evangelism.
  5. To provide North American college students with a real-life medical evangelism experience through the Medical Evangelism Training (MET) program.
Programs—projects to meet the strategic objectives:
  1. Training and teaching programs; i.e. conferences, classroom teaching, retreats, seminars, etc.
  2. ABC and scholarship programs
  3. Medical, dental and surgical clinics: Guatemalan staff and North American teams.
  4. MET Program

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Health Talents International is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through teaching and healing ministries.


HTI Handbook: Philosophy and Practices

Health Talents Core Values

The following core values guide the ministries of HTI:

  1. The earthly ministry of Jesus is our primary model. Medical evangelism demonstrates concern for the whole person—spiritual, social, physical, and mental
  2. We depend on God’s gracious provision. Prayer is essential to our work. We ask God to bless the work of HTI as we seek to do His will in the power and guidance provided by the Holy Spirit.
  1. The aid of North American churches is critical. North American congregations in Churches of Christ are urged to support missionaries and to be responsible for their spiritual welfare.
  2. We demonstrate Christian compassion. Christian health care is a demonstration of the gospel in deeds of compassion to accompany in parallel the verbal proclamation of the gospel. Health care provided will be of the highest quality taking into consideration the location and resources.
  3. We affirm the sanctity of all human life. All life is a gift of God; the poor, the weak and the ill have a special need for Christian compassion. We do not advocate nor do we perform abortions.
  4. Missiological expertise is crucial. Sound missiological principles as learned by experienced missionaries and taught by mission educators are followed in all projects.
  5. Partnership is the norm. Ministries of HTI are conducted in ways that encourage the active participation of local Christians in all projects.
  6. Cultural norms are respected. Mission work will give due respect to local customs, traditions and cultural values when these are compatible with Christian faith.
  7. Respect for local government is of particular importance. Since we desire integrity in teaching and in health care delivery, these will be done in compliance with local laws and regulations and will be completely devoid of any political activity or bias.
  8. As a result of our work, new congregations should be nurtured to become mature and self-replicating. When possible, medical evangelism is accomplished in cooperation with the local church.

Organization

Health Talents International operates under the supervision of a Board of Directors.
Rick Harper, Julie Wheetley and Dave and Susan Mellor coordinate the activities of HTI, with some part-time help.

All missionaries who work with Health Talents either volunteer or receive support and oversight from Church of Christ congregations in the U.S.

Where We Operate

The work is currently centered in Guatemala. HTI is always open to considering new projects in other Central American locations. HTI is interested in providing medical evangelism services wherever needs and opportunities exist.



Health Talents International health care candidates headed for long-term medical missions assignments are eligible for Project MedSend student loan repayment grants. Visit their site to see if you might be qualified to receive a grant and then serve overseas years earlier than you imagined.