Sheila Leech has served on the mission field since 1980. A graduate of Birmingham Bible Institute, she initially felt the call of God to live and work amongst an indigenous tribal group in the western rainforest of Ecuador. After nine years of serving that tribe, Sheila returned to the UK to train at East Birmingham School of Nursing, recognizing the need for practical skills to complement her theological training.
Returning to Ecuador in 1993 as a Registered Nurse, Sheila joined Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB), and has since served in a number of roles including directing mobile clinics into rural areas, running a prevention of blindness program, managing hospitals, hospices and clinics and a thriving community health and development department.
In all of her endeavours she has sought to be ‘The voice and hands of Jesus’ to the people she serves.
Sheila led the first Reach Beyond disaster relief medical team to Indonesia following the Tsunami in SE Asia. While there the team was hit by an 8.7 earthquake and became first responders to the subsequent earthquake victims. Since then she has led emergency response teams to earthquake, war and disaster zones around the world. Documented in this book are stories of God’s grace and protection, His power and provision.
Sheila currently serves as Vice President for International Healthcare with Reach Beyond. She continues to travel widely to some of the least reached and challenging areas of the planet with the desire to share Gods love with those who have never heard.
Sheila recently completed a Master of Science degree in palliative care at Cardiff University.