By the grace of God and undergirded by its supporters the HCFI will become a prayerful evangelical fellowship with trained people implementing Christ’s Great Commission within the Healthcare Field.
HCFI strives to inspire and equip Christians serving in healthcare to manifest Jesus Christ in their daily life and work.
Therefore we seek to prayerfully implement the Vision by encouraging member organizations and HCF staff members in their endeavour to:
- Evangelize, disciple and train healthcare staff
- Witness in word and deed to sick and dying people and their relatives
- Train, equip and disciple HCF staff members
- Communicate effectively with supporters
- Mobilize and train members of local churches
It was during the terminal illness of their father that Francis and Carl Grim recognized that patients have spiritual needs in addition to their physical and psychological needs. If healthcare staff were inspired and properly equipped, they could play a key role in ministering to all the needs of their patients.
On Christmas Eve 1936 their aged father passed into eternity, and they looked upon this period as the birth of Healthcare Christian Fellowship. It was an example of life out of death and subsequent joy for many around the world, born out of the sorrow of a broken-hearted family. Constrained by God, the first steps were taken for the formation of a Fellowship which was later to become a worldwide movement known as International Hospital Christian Fellowship – now known as Healthcare Christian Fellowship International.
Pioneering journeys to Europe, the Middle East and Africa were undertaken by the founder Francis Grim, from 1951 onwards, and then from the ’60’s, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada.
In the follow-up of this pioneering phase, international conferences became a regular feature, linking believers worldwide in a fellowship of prayer and care. Later, training centres were established for the ever growing number of nationals whose hearts were captured by the vision.
The Lord has blessed the ministry by spreading it to more than 80 countries around the world. The HCFI headquarters is based in Benoni, South Africa.
The Father of the King of kings is preparing a Bride for His beloved Son. He wants all of us to be part of this Royal Love Story. It is also a Compassion Story because the King wants to express His Love for people in the health field through His Bride. Passionate about compassionate care for all the needs of whole humans in their entire context?