Who We Are

Our Mission


MedHope Africa (MHA) exists to support relief and development for low-resource communities in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing dire physical and spiritual needs through...

  • Medical and vision care
  • Community health interventions
  • Prayer and Christian evangelism

Our Values


  • Living Faith (James 2:14–26; Matthew 5:13–16): Faith apart from works is dead. Our faith is active in works and completed by works. Works are the evidence of our faith, intended to bring light to a dark world and glory to God.
  • Holistic Ministry (Matthew 10:5–8; Mark 6:7–13; Luke 9:1–6; Luke 10:1-9): Jesus sends us out to heal the sick and preach that the Kingdom of God has come. We seek to relieve people’s physical suffering and offer them spiritual healing through the power of the gospel, just as he did during his time of ministry on earth.
  • Sacrificial Service (Isaiah 58:6–10; John 15:12–13): God’s Word instructs us to love one another, help the poor, and serve others selflessly. Our talents, education, spiritual gifts, time, energy, and resources are to be poured out for the benefit of those in need and for God’s glory.
  • Resource Sharing (1 John 3:16–18; James 2:15–16; 2 Corinthians 9:6–12): Material and financial resources are a gift from God and are intended to be a blessing for his purposes. We do not have the option of ignoring the physical and material needs of Christian brothers and sisters, neighbors, and strangers, when we have the ability to help them.
  • Reproducible Methodologies (2 Timothy 2:1–2): Entrusting the gospel to others who will share the good news spontaneously in their community and circle of influence requires intentional methods of communication that can be easily reproduced cross-culturally. We desire to use teaching methods that are culturally sensitive and that may be easily reproduced without dependence on western technology.
  • Leadership Development (Colossians 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:13–16): Investing in and training the people we serve, as well as the people who partner with us in service, is a priority. We believe in the importance of encouraging and supporting people through discipleship, education, and empowerment. Developing people and relationships, not buildings and programs, is our objective.
  • The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47): Going to the nations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God is the mission of all Christ-followers. We honor God with our lives by carrying out his historical mission for the Church, making his name known, showing his love for the world, and encouraging others to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Our Board of Directors


Don Bowers, C.P.A. - Chairman

Don is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years business experience as a financial and operations executive. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Florida State University and a M.S. in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He and his wife, Debby, are the co-founders of MedHope Africa. Since 2009, he has had a passion to serve the people of South Sudan and advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in sub-Saharan African communities. Don and Debby have one daughter, Jessica. He is passionate about helping others discover and develop their leadership abilities. Don enjoys working outside in the yard, opening his home to fellowship with and ministry to others, and discipling other men through biblical teaching.

Dr. Gail Hill, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C.

Gail is a C.R.N.P. and recently retired as Associate Professor at the U.A.B. School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama in the Adult/Acute Chronic Care and Foundations Department. She has forty years of experience in the field of healthcare with an emphasis on low-resource communities. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Nursing, a M.S. in Trauma Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Administration/Health Services. Her passions are studying and working to solve global health issues as well as educating and training graduate level students in the UAB community in international public health. Her international service experience includes five years in India where she served as Director of Nursing Services in Bangalore, and Zambia where she served as a nursing educator. She has authored numerous journal articles, books, and strives to engage, prepare, and support future healthcare professionals in the global agenda.

Dr. Debby Bowers, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., M.Div., D.Min., D.N.P.

Debby is co-founder of MedHope, along with her husband Don. She is an experienced Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Evangelism from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, she obtained a certification in international medicine and public health. Debby served previously on ministerial staff with The Church at Brook Hills where she served on her first medical mission trip to South Sudan, Africa. Prior to devoting her life to ministry, she practiced as a neonatal intensive care nurse. She has a passion for people and endeavors to encourage them in their unique talents and spiritual gifts, investing in and training them in their professional skills and spiritual growth. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jessica, reading and teaching.

Lisa Theus, M.P.H.

 

Our Executive Director


Dr. Debby Bowers - Executive Director

Debby is co-founder of MedHope, along with her husband Don. She is an experinced registered nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Masters of Divintiy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in MIssions and Evangelism from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, she obtained a certification in international medicine and public health.

Our Board of Advisors


Dr. Alice Hardy, M.D., Medical Director

Alice earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Samford University in 1995 and graduated from the UAB School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her residency at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital inChattanooga, TN, in 2003 and is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics. She began her practice, Chelsea Pediatrics at the Narrows, in 2004. As of 2015, she moved her practice to Pathway Pediatrics in Chelsea, Alabama. Certified in international medicine and public health, she has a special interest in child and infant nutrition and a passion to use her education to serve children living in poverty. She has international experience on medical mission efforts to South Africa, Guatemala, and Swaziland. Alice and her husband, Bo, have been married since 1993 and have two daughters and one son, Regan, Brittan and Liam.

Amy Badham, B.S., M.P.H., Public Health Advisor

Lashane Calvin, B.S., R.Ph., Pharmacy Advisor

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The function of the advisory board is to review the ministry practices on a semi-annual or annual basis and make recommendations for improvement to the board of directors in their respective areas of expertise. The purpose of the advisory board is to increase the effectiveness of the ministry effort and ensure that the ministry offers evidence based treatment and best practice methods in the medical clinic and community health educations, as well as most appropriate methods for evangelism and biblical training.

 

Our History


The vision for MedHope Africa was birthed over a five-year period of prayer, preparation, and waiting for God’s direction. In 2008, Debby participated in her first medical mission trip to the continent of Africa where she fell in love with the strength and endurance of the sub-Saharan African people. Sensing a desire to serve the African people with more intentionality, she began praying for God to reveal his plan. After traveling to South Sudan in March 2010, she realized a deeper calling and longing to serve and minister to the people there. She and Don subsequently served on other mission efforts to South Sudan. Don felt called to continue their ministry focus in South Sudan, and through prayer, started to sense God’s plan for their long-term future to serve the lost and suffering in that area of Africa. By the end of 2012, it became clear that God was calling each of them to the African people for a life-long ministry that emphasized healing and discipleship. They established MedHope Africa together in January 2013 for the purpose of physical and spiritual ministry to the people groups living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our NonProfit Status


MedHope Africa is a tax-exempt, public charity under Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.