Global Ministries partners with thousands of communities through health boards, missionaries, and community health workers, and in more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics. The work focuses on the well-being of women and children and using preventive and curative measures to confront major health issues, such as malnutrition, malaria, and HIV and AIDS. Global Ministries’ programs seek to increase access to clean water as the root cause of water-borne illness and death.
In the United States, Global Ministries’ health programs promote and provide resources for the establishment of health ministries in local congregations, especially through a network of faith-community nurses and health advocates. The work focuses on risk factors, such as poor diet, substance abuse, inactivity and stress, which are responsible for many diseases, including heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and pulmonary illness. The U.S. health ministry also provides resources and support for persons with disabilities and persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
As United Methodists, we are committed to creating abundant health for all—a global connection striving for mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Lifesaving health ministries are enriching the lives of people around the world.
God calls us to the ministry of healing. We have opportunities to utilize our resources to extend hope to all people, offering them a path to wholeness, joy, and abundant life in Christ. We believe that God, who is already at work healing, renewing, and redeeming creation, not only calls us to follow the path of Jesus in this way, but will also empower us with the Spirit as we step forth in mission to seek abundant health for all!
As the lead agency for The United Methodist Church’s Abundant Health initiative, programs prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized. To learn more, visit https://umcabundanthealth.org/