Qualifications for Short-Term Service
What are the Qualifications for Short-Term Medical Service?
Testimony: Applicants for the Short-Term Medical service with ABWE must evidence that have had a salvation experience and reflect the essential characteristics of a Christian as found in Acts 11:24—a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and leads others to Christ.
Citizenship: Citizenship must be of the USA or Canada, regardless of ethnic or national background. Legal immigrants (alien residents) who have resided at least four years in the USA or Canada and have applied for citizenship are also eligible.
Doctrine and Core Values: As we follow a Biblical model and strive for team unity, it is important that all applicants be committed to the Baptist distinctives and be in complete agreement with ABWE’s doctrinal statement (below).
Church Membership: ABWE is committed to the local church and your membership in a church is imperative. We partner with churches whose doctrinal position and practice are compatible with that of ABWE’s. Approved partners include Baptist churches, Bible churches, and unaffiliated churches (i.e. Grace Community Church).
ABWE Doctrinal Statement
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part.
We believe in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, died vicariously, rose from the dead, ascended bodily into heaven, and is coming again to rapture His saints and establish His kingdom. The rapture of His church is imminent and will be personal, pretribulational and premillennial.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same nature.
We believe there is a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and His ministry in the New Testament.
We believe the Bible does not support the authenticity of the sign gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles and healing for today.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a man was created by a direct act of God and not from a previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression he fell from his state of innocence; consequently all men are now sinners by nature and by choice.
We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ, distinct from Israel in the Old Testament, was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is his body.”
We believe the Scriptures teach that baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to show his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes.
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust . Believers by faith in Christ will spend eternity in the presence of God, unbelievers in everlasting punishment.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is the “god of this age” and the “prince of the power of the air.”
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God and from worldliness and by the aid of the Holy Spirit should walk in Christian love and holiness.
We believe the Scriptures teach the believer should be separated from apostasy as exemplified in ecclesiastic organizations which include liberals and those who sanction theological compromise.
If you have any questions about these qualifications for service on a short-term medical team trip, please contact your trip coordinator (Rick Smith, 678-358-4801) or the International Healthcare Ministries office (717-909-2442).