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Neil Thompson


Dr. Neil Thompson served with OMF as general surgeon at Manorom

Christian Hospital in Central Thailand from 1978 to 2001. His main

objective was to provide high quality surgical care in a medical

ministry designed to glorify God by caring for body, soul and spirit.

The hospital team worked and prayed to see patients and staff come to

know Jesus and to form new churches. He served as Hospital Director from


He was the OMF-US National Director from 2001-2010, focusing on

mobilizing professionals for the harvest, especially among creative

access nations in East Asia. During this time there was an exciting

growth of both short-term and long-term participants.

Neil then served as Medical Mission Advocate (2011-2021), introducing an

intentional focus on OMF healthcare missions, striving to promote and

raise the profile of medical missions worldwide in general and in East

Asia in particular.

He currently serves as =E2=80=9CHealthcare Mission Consultant

for OMF. He has also been part of the team preparing and presenting the

Christian Global Health in Perspective course, covering biblical

foundations, history, cultural matters and current strategies. For more

information on the course and how to take part, join the session

Biblical Foundations of Healthcare Missions

Neil Thompson

From the Old Face to the New Face of Medical Missions in East Asia:  What? No Mission Hospitals?

James Hudson Taylor was a pioneer missionary who took God’s love and the gospel to the remote inland regions of China in the mid-19th century. He founded the China Inland Mission (CIM) and introduced medical care and education as strategic components of evangelism and discipleship. After leaving China, CIM became the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, now OMF International. Medical work continued in Thailand, mainly through the ministries of 3 mission hospitals. The last of them closed over 15 years ago. In this workshop, we will briefly review the “old face” of medical missions. As we consider the “new face,” we will describe what medical missions looks like when there are no mission hospitals—the medical missionary entrepreneurs of healthcare missions today.

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