Christianity’s Contributions: Hospitals opened (Part 4)

As we close out this series on Christianity’s contributions to society, we focus on healthcare.  Besides the opening of hospitals and asylums, the training and education of those who cared for the ill was improved.  Nursing is one example.

In the Early Church, widows, deaconesses, and young women were nurses, providing comfort to the sick.  During the Middle Ages, monks and nuns were nurses. Much later, a pastor, Theodor Fliedner, would inspire a young Florence Nightingale to care for the ill.  She would go on to be the symbol of nurses and caregivers everywhere.  Throughout the years, the experienced were training the inexperienced on proper care and treatment of the patients.

But the care for the sick wasn’t limited to the ill only.  Caring for the wounded and injured during war grew from the Christian Church.  Jean Henri Dunant formed the International Red Cross in 1864 for soldiers.  Later, the American Red Cross formed in 1871, with a Muslim version in Turkey in 1876.  It was called the Red Crescent.

Because Jesus went about healing and preaching the news about salvation, the apostles did the same.  Following their examples, the Christian Church taught the Word of God and brought healing to countless others.  Thank God for the gift of salvation for our souls and the gift of medicine for our bodies!

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