To share Jesus through providing medical and dental care
The Medical Dental Unit began as a dream in the heart of Brentwood Baptist’s Mission Journey Minister, Sharon Fairchild, during her time on the mission field in Brazil. In 2011 she submitted a proposal to leadership and Trustees at Brentwood Baptist for a mobile medical/dental unit to be used as an evangelism tool. Without hesitation, they gave her the green light—and it’s been one “GO” after the other since then. God orchestrated every step. People caught the vision. Within two months of ordering it, the MDU was paid for and delivered to our campus in the Spring of 2013. What an awesome resource that God has given us to be able to share Jesus with people right here at home, while meeting medical and dental needs. We are still in the beginning stages of this unique ministry but are excited of how we have already seen God at work and know that this is a tool for many to come to know Jesus.
It’s a 40-foot evangelism tool—a mobile unit customized to provide free, limited medical and dental care to those in need all over Middle Tennessee. It functions under the direction of Amy Fairchild, MDU Coordinator and Family Nurse Practitioner, and a dedicated support team of volunteers.
We seek to meet healthcare needs for the purpose of Evangelism. In Luke 9:6, Jesus sent the disciples out “from village to village, preaching the Gospel and healing people everywhere.” In the same way, the Medical Dental Unit goes out to preach the Gospel and provide healing. As we serve people through meeting their medical and dental needs, we share Jesus with them. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Healer of body, mind and soul. It is because of Him that we give of our time and talent to serve others and we believe that He is at work in the lives of people right here in Middle Tennessee. We cannot just meet physical needs without sharing with people about the One who created them, loves them, has a and wants a personal relationship with them.
We serve the Middle Tennessee area primarily by partnering with local churches. Our mission is not only meeting physical needs but to share the Gospel while we are giving medical and dental care. By partnering with the local church, they can provide spiritual follow-up to new believers. We seek to partner with churches and faith-based ministries that have a vision of having medical-dental outreaches as a way to share Christ with people.