Two by Two

June 4, 2019
Two by Two Al Weir, MD June 4, 2019

“And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits…So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent…” (Mark 6:7-13, ESV).

Beni Baboçi often assists us with our medical evangelism work in the Balkans. He came to my home the other night and shared with me his early days of ministry. In those days he was part of a team that trudged from village to village in the rural mountains of Albania sharing the Jesus Film, accepted by some and rejected by others. As he spoke, I envisioned the disciples’ experience when Jesus first sent them out from village to village, two by two, preaching that people should repent.

For some reason, God has me memorizing Scripture now. At sunrise one recent Sunday I was focused on the verses above, where Jesus sent out His disciples. That morning in church, a visiting minister preached from the very verses I was memorizing. On the same day, a friend described to me God’s great power working through a rural bi-vocational minister, who was bringing the Gospel to Hispanic immigrants in his West Tennessee county. That evening, Beni Boci came to my home and shared his village ministry.

I got the message.

I called two friends and asked if they would meet with me regularly, on a monthly basis. Our chief agenda would be to list for each other those we know who do not follow Christ and to hold each other accountable for our witness. Our prayers would be focused, not on our personal needs, but on God using us as His messengers.

We have begun. God is already speaking more boldly through us to those for whom we are praying. Our mission is not much different from that of the disciples whom Jesus sent out two by two, except we were three, and now four.

Dear God,
Send me out and let me go with others.

Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Weir is currently serving on CMDA's Board of Trustees.