Serve in Medical Missions with Dr. Paul Osteen

Serve in Medical Missions with Dr. Paul Osteen

In this episode, Dr. Paul Osteen shares his experiences on the mission field to medically help people around the world. He shares what God is doing in areas where people should not survive. There is a need for more medical doctors. Dr. Osteen believes working in the medical field is working within God's healing power. Listen to the opportunities on how you can help.

Dr. Paul Osteen is a general and vascular surgeon. He serves on the pastoral staff at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

18 Minutes • 4 months ago

Episode Notes

Paul Osteen is a general and vascular surgeon, but many people know him better as the brother of Houston Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen. After practicing surgery for many years in Little Rock, Arkansas, Paul now travels 4-5 months each year providing surgical care and medical education to remote and under-resourced countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

When not abroad, her serves on the pastoral staff at Lakewood Church with his brother. Paul talked with Charisma Connection’s Taylor Berglund recently about his work and the upcoming M3Global Health Conference in Houston:

Introducing Paul Osteen

Taylor Berglund: I’m excited to talk with you and and you have a really interesting story. Can you talk with me about the missions work that you do?

Paul Osteen: I practiced surgery for years and in Arkansas I am a general vascular surgeon. Several years ago, the Lord put it my heart to come down here and help my brother with the church here at Lakewood, and I did that. A short time after, God opened the door to something that I really had never knew about it, the world of medical missions and, specifically, the world of Christian mission hospitals and the needs that there that there are in these particular areas. Twelve years ago, that launched this incredible journey that God took my gifts and talents and training and education from all those years of surgery. And you know what? He combines it with real needs in remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa. As I tell people, I'm getting to live a dream that only God could dream for my life right now. It’s just an amazing journey.

His Work in Africa

Paul Osteen: I spent two and a half years in Western Kenya at a place called Mission Hospital. You can know surgery in the U.S. or in western world. but surgery in Africa is totally different. There are different disease processes, there is limited equipment diagnostically and even therapeutically. So, it took me a couple years to really learn African surgery. We have to broaden our horizons. … When you’re out in the bush, there is nobody else to help. You have got to be able to do a lot of things that you are not trained to do. That took me a couple years to learn. Now what I’ve done is just go wherever the need is. I've been to Cameroon, Malawi and Burundi. For the last few years, God has really put it on my heart to help people in far Western Zambia and Congo. I'm spending a lot of time in Zambia right now.

          • Hospitals in Zambia

God Working in Zambia

The Pioneer missionaries 100 years ago, it's just amazing to see what they’ve done and the foothold for the gospel that there is in these countries. But, your health is a real integral part of your life. I just see how when you treat somebody body, it opens their heart to the things of God. I can't tell you how many people have come to be treated for their appendicitis or their intestinal obstruction, or their hernia. When you treat them, you get to share the gospel with them. You just see God. You tell people here that you just put five loaves and two fish in Jesus’ hands. It is amazing what He can do. I see not only evangelism, but also caring for the poor. My life Scripture is from Matthew 25. When I was sick, you cared for me. Just to be able to care for people in their time of need, share the love of Jesus with and see many of them get healed and many of them get saved, it's just amazing.

          • Matthew 25:34-40: “Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundations of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And when di we see you sick or in prison and come to You?’ “The King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.’”

Supernatural Miracles

Paul Osteen: This is something really very common in the Charismatic world, which I love. My dad was kind of one of the early pioneers of the Charismatic movement, but here's the thing. For me, I am in the healing profession that was started by God by Jehovah Rapha many, many years ago and continued by Jesus 2,000 years ago. I think what God does, through doctors, industry medicines, and as through surgery is an important part of the healing process. God can supernaturally heal. We know that my mom was healed of cancer 35 years ago. But you know what, he also uses positions. … I’m going to believe Jehovah Rapha is the one that’s going to heal me when I go out in the bush and take care of people. I feel like I’m doing the work of the ministry, the healing ministry of Jesus.

          • Matthew 14:14: “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”
          • Matthew 12:15: “But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all.”
          • Jeremiah 30:17: “But I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.” (MEV)

M3 Global Health Conference
Paul Osteen: We have three visions really that are three goals for the conference. The first is just to connect people who have a heart and want to serve. Specifically, many of them don't know how. But what I found is so many people realize this is what I want to do. I just have no idea how to do it. I try to connect with tribes, so to speak. It’s a refreshing thing to be around 2,000 people that share the same heart that you do. Number one is let them connect and secondly, let them be inspired by people who are out in the field. We bring in 35 speakers and these are people that are in the trenches with their fingernails dirty doing the work of not somebody who has theories but somebody who’s actually engaged. We’ll have missionaries will have had heads of global missions organizations and ministries come speak to us. Don Stephens from Mercy Ships is coming. I’ve got veteran missionaries coming from all over the world that are going to speak to us and just talk about what it's like, and what the needs are and what the opportunities are. So, No. 1 is to connect and No. 2 is to inspire. But the third thing is our church meets in a big basketball arena. All around the lobby of this massive facility we will have 75 mission organizations that actually needed volunteers so the attendees can actually walk around and discover know what they, as a nurse, a pediatric nurse or someone else, could do to help an organization that needs them. I'm just trying to mobilize people with real, legitimate credible opportunities. I like to tell people to this is not about Paul trying to build his mission effort or Lakewood. This is about me trying to help other organizations doing great works for the kingdom get bodies and healthcare providers that can help them do what God's called them to do.

Personal Sacrifices

Paul Osteen: God just intersected my path and he just, he asked me to give up the thing that I love the most, surgery. I love working with my hands. I had a great practice. I had greater partners, everything about it was just perfect. But you know what? God asked me to give that up. It was like giving Isaac on the altar. But I can tell you when he gave it back to me with what I'm doing now, you’re a different person. When God gives you back that offering you put on the altar, it’s amazing. So yeah, it is a sacrifice. I don’t make money. But the rewards are so satisfying. I was telling somebody recently when I got back from Zambia after three months that it was an exhausting three months because we did so much network and had lot of sick patients. It was the most exhausting three months of my life, but also the most satisfying three months of my life. I can just tell you that when you’re in the will of God and doing the work of God in the timing of God, there's something that just satisfies your soul. And I wouldn't trade this for all the money in the world.

          • Genesis 22:10-12: “Then Abraham stretched out his hand took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ … ‘Do not lay our hands on the boy or do anything to him, because know I know that you fear god, seeing you have not withheld your only son from Me.” (MEV)

Looking for Healthcare Providers

Paul Osteen: If you’re a doctor, if you are a nurse, if you’re a medical student, if you're in pharmacy or all the allied health professions, you’re more than welcome at the conference. … So I would just encourage you if you have a heart to make a difference in the world surrounding the social justice and medical needs, just go to the M3missions.com website and check out our conference. Check out the opportunities. We’d love to have you for this short Friday and Saturday conference. Also, just take the opportunity to pray that maybe this might be the first step that you might take in pursuing how you can help them this global effort. I would also ask people to pray for people in mission hospitals all around the world, the missionaries doing the work in the hard places around the world. Just pray that God would bless them and that he would give them everything they need to do what He’s called him to do.

Episode Notes

Paul Osteen is a general and vascular surgeon, but many people know him better as the brother of Houston Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen. After practicing surgery for many years in Little Rock, Arkansas, Paul now travels 4-5 months each year providing surgical care and medical education to remote and under-resourced countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

When not abroad, her serves on the pastoral staff at Lakewood Church with his brother. Paul talked with Charisma Connection’s Taylor Berglund recently about his work and the upcoming M3Global Health Conference in Houston:

Introducing Paul Osteen

Taylor Berglund: I’m excited to talk with you and and you have a really interesting story. Can you talk with me about the missions work that you do?

Paul Osteen: I practiced surgery for years and in Arkansas I am a general vascular surgeon. Several years ago, the Lord put it my heart to come down here and help my brother with the church here at Lakewood, and I did that. A short time after, God opened the door to something that I really had never knew about it, the world of medical missions and, specifically, the world of Christian mission hospitals and the needs that there that there are in these particular areas. Twelve years ago, that launched this incredible journey that God took my gifts and talents and training and education from all those years of surgery. And you know what? He combines it with real needs in remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa. As I tell people, I'm getting to live a dream that only God could dream for my life right now. It’s just an amazing journey.

His Work in Africa

Paul Osteen: I spent two and a half years in Western Kenya at a place called Mission Hospital. You can know surgery in the U.S. or in western world. but surgery in Africa is totally different. There are different disease processes, there is limited equipment diagnostically and even therapeutically. So, it took me a couple years to really learn African surgery. We have to broaden our horizons. … When you’re out in the bush, there is nobody else to help. You have got to be able to do a lot of things that you are not trained to do. That took me a couple years to learn. Now what I’ve done is just go wherever the need is. I've been to Cameroon, Malawi and Burundi. For the last few years, God has really put it on my heart to help people in far Western Zambia and Congo. I'm spending a lot of time in Zambia right now.

          • Hospitals in Zambia

God Working in Zambia

The Pioneer missionaries 100 years ago, it's just amazing to see what they’ve done and the foothold for the gospel that there is in these countries. But, your health is a real integral part of your life. I just see how when you treat somebody body, it opens their heart to the things of God. I can't tell you how many people have come to be treated for their appendicitis or their intestinal obstruction, or their hernia. When you treat them, you get to share the gospel with them. You just see God. You tell people here that you just put five loaves and two fish in Jesus’ hands. It is amazing what He can do. I see not only evangelism, but also caring for the poor. My life Scripture is from Matthew 25. When I was sick, you cared for me. Just to be able to care for people in their time of need, share the love of Jesus with and see many of them get healed and many of them get saved, it's just amazing.

          • Matthew 25:34-40: “Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundations of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And when di we see you sick or in prison and come to You?’ “The King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.’”

Supernatural Miracles

Paul Osteen: This is something really very common in the Charismatic world, which I love. My dad was kind of one of the early pioneers of the Charismatic movement, but here's the thing. For me, I am in the healing profession that was started by God by Jehovah Rapha many, many years ago and continued by Jesus 2,000 years ago. I think what God does, through doctors, industry medicines, and as through surgery is an important part of the healing process. God can supernaturally heal. We know that my mom was healed of cancer 35 years ago. But you know what, he also uses positions. … I’m going to believe Jehovah Rapha is the one that’s going to heal me when I go out in the bush and take care of people. I feel like I’m doing the work of the ministry, the healing ministry of Jesus.

          • Matthew 14:14: “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”
          • Matthew 12:15: “But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all.”
          • Jeremiah 30:17: “But I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.” (MEV)

M3 Global Health Conference
Paul Osteen: We have three visions really that are three goals for the conference. The first is just to connect people who have a heart and want to serve. Specifically, many of them don't know how. But what I found is so many people realize this is what I want to do. I just have no idea how to do it. I try to connect with tribes, so to speak. It’s a refreshing thing to be around 2,000 people that share the same heart that you do. Number one is let them connect and secondly, let them be inspired by people who are out in the field. We bring in 35 speakers and these are people that are in the trenches with their fingernails dirty doing the work of not somebody who has theories but somebody who’s actually engaged. We’ll have missionaries will have had heads of global missions organizations and ministries come speak to us. Don Stephens from Mercy Ships is coming. I’ve got veteran missionaries coming from all over the world that are going to speak to us and just talk about what it's like, and what the needs are and what the opportunities are. So, No. 1 is to connect and No. 2 is to inspire. But the third thing is our church meets in a big basketball arena. All around the lobby of this massive facility we will have 75 mission organizations that actually needed volunteers so the attendees can actually walk around and discover know what they, as a nurse, a pediatric nurse or someone else, could do to help an organization that needs them. I'm just trying to mobilize people with real, legitimate credible opportunities. I like to tell people to this is not about Paul trying to build his mission effort or Lakewood. This is about me trying to help other organizations doing great works for the kingdom get bodies and healthcare providers that can help them do what God's called them to do.

Personal Sacrifices

Paul Osteen: God just intersected my path and he just, he asked me to give up the thing that I love the most, surgery. I love working with my hands. I had a great practice. I had greater partners, everything about it was just perfect. But you know what? God asked me to give that up. It was like giving Isaac on the altar. But I can tell you when he gave it back to me with what I'm doing now, you’re a different person. When God gives you back that offering you put on the altar, it’s amazing. So yeah, it is a sacrifice. I don’t make money. But the rewards are so satisfying. I was telling somebody recently when I got back from Zambia after three months that it was an exhausting three months because we did so much network and had lot of sick patients. It was the most exhausting three months of my life, but also the most satisfying three months of my life. I can just tell you that when you’re in the will of God and doing the work of God in the timing of God, there's something that just satisfies your soul. And I wouldn't trade this for all the money in the world.

          • Genesis 22:10-12: “Then Abraham stretched out his hand took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ … ‘Do not lay our hands on the boy or do anything to him, because know I know that you fear god, seeing you have not withheld your only son from Me.” (MEV)

Looking for Healthcare Providers

Paul Osteen: If you’re a doctor, if you are a nurse, if you’re a medical student, if you're in pharmacy or all the allied health professions, you’re more than welcome at the conference. … So I would just encourage you if you have a heart to make a difference in the world surrounding the social justice and medical needs, just go to the M3missions.com website and check out our conference. Check out the opportunities. We’d love to have you for this short Friday and Saturday conference. Also, just take the opportunity to pray that maybe this might be the first step that you might take in pursuing how you can help them this global effort. I would also ask people to pray for people in mission hospitals all around the world, the missionaries doing the work in the hard places around the world. Just pray that God would bless them and that he would give them everything they need to do what He’s called him to do.

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Serve in Medical Missions with Dr. Paul Osteen