In April I998, Dr. Paul Odumu had a vission where he was proclaiming the message of God's love and hope to people who were trooping in their droves at the primary School of one of the villages of Odumehaje Community, and the youths were helping him share Bible leaflets. He then perceived a divine call to help.
Dr. Paul has always had a burning passion for giving hope to the hopeless, helping people out of their medical conditions and improving their socio - economic statuses. Right from when he was a medical student, he would go to his village during holidays and attend to as many sick people as he could free of charge, with the little medical knowledge he had.
So in response to his vision, Paul and his wife, who is a Registered Nurse, and a few other people went to Odumehaje community on their first mission trip in December, 1998. It was more of survey and evangelical. Thereafter, he went monthly to teach the converts God's word and for capacity building.
While pursuing his training in Family Medicine in 2004 at the then Evangel Hospital Jos, Nigeria, now Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Paul was counseled by one of his mentors to begin engaging in free Rural Medical Outreaches having noticed his passion for missions. But due to financial constraint, he couldn't till 2008, when himself and his team went on their first Medical Mission to the to the six villages of Odumehaje community. Thereafter, they went yearly with support from his family purse. As years passed, they got supporters and could go twice a year. Since then, it has been the practice with monthly visits.
Odumehaje Medical Mission is registered as a Non Governmental organization( NGO) with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria since 2012.
In 2019, Odumehaje Medical Mission in partnership with Dakinda foundation built an ultra modern hospital in Odumehaje Community that gives medical and surgical interventions to the community and its surrounding villages.
What began with these six villages has quickly spread to nine Local Government Areas of Benue State and across seven states of Nigeria. In the Last couple of years, Odumehaje Medical Mission has extended her outreaches in collaboration with other organizations to rural communities in northern Nigeria where insurgency has persisted.
We hope to spread to other African countries and beyond as soon as funding is in place.
"This has all been pioneer work, bringing the message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshipped." Romans 15: 20 The Message Bible