Retired Missionary Continues to Make An Impact

Source: Baptist Standard

Veteran medical missionary, Lee Baggett, and his colleagues created a pair of nonprofit organizations that provided access to water-borne diseases in multiple Mexican villages and fed approximately 2.5 million people.

Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Baggett is president of Manos Hermanas. He is also executive director of Hands in Service Ministries in Amarillo. These two partner organizations are dedicated to meeting people’s most immediate physical needs in Christ’s name.

God used Baggett’s experiences as a summer missionary to embark on a new direction in his life. In Juarez, he and his future wife, Ruthie, and other student missionaries helped teach people about water-borne disease and how to prevent them.

For example, missions volunteers taught local residents how to purify a 55-gallon barrel filled with contaminated water by adding two tablespoons of readily-available chlorine bleach.

“When we arrived, the news reported about 200 children a day were dying of dehydration. In our area, when we left, there had been no more deaths due to dehydration,” Baggett said.

At a student missions conference at Glorieta Baptist Assembly, Baggett committed to follow God’s leading into medical missions. In 1994, Baggett helped found Manos Hermanas as a broad-based lay nonprofit organization that responds to medical and humanitarian needs throughout Mexico. Manos Hermanas has served more than 25,000 people in the past 28 years.

Ministry partners include the Christian Life Commission’s Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, Texas Baptist Men, Baylor Scott & White’s Faith in Action Initiatives and the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.

Manos Hermanas and its ministry partners drilled four deep-water wells serving communities in Zacatecas, worked with hospitals in the United States to provide medical equipment for charitable clinics at multiple sites in Mexico, fitted more than 150 leg amputees with prosthetic limbs, and drastically improved childhood nutrition through simple supplements such as a daily tablespoon of an alfalfa extract concentrate.

Manos Hermanas teams have also taught families with limited space how to grow vertical gardens by planting seeds in soil-filled plastic bottles mounted on old wooden pallets.

“It has been our privilege since the beginning to watch our Lord provide all the tools and all the resources we have needed to work with multiple teams of colleagues alongside each local team to help their people meet their needs,” Baggett said.

Citing 1 Peter 4:10-11, he added: “Our Lord is fair. He always provides what is needed for each task he gives us. It is his kingdom, not ours.”

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Source: Baptist Standard