Unlocking
the Gospel Door
with the Key
of Medicine

 

 

Nigeria November 2005

 

 

This is one of the sickest patients we encountered on our November outreach. He was lethargic, vomiting, and feverish. We believe he had malaria, but did not have drugs - the specific drugs - that we needed to treat the cause. So we treated the symptoms with what we had and prayed. We believe God miraculously healed this child as a testimony of His goodness and greatness and to give us favor with the people so they may receive our testimony of Christ.

 

Here is another sick little patient we saw in November. This child is younger than 2 years old and unfortunately, like 60% of the children in Nigeria, may not live to be 5 because of malnutrition, dehydration, and simple childhood diseases that we take for granted to be treated and cured with our own children. But in the bush, there are no 24-hour emergency rooms, or all-night pharmacies, or doctors on call. As we touch their lives, I believe we touch their souls. That is our commission.

 

 

 

This is the pharmacist at Yale, who has been there since we began our outreaches in 1996. He has little to work with and often the only medicines he has to treat the people with are what we provide for him. You and I have more drugs in our medicine cabinets than he has in his so-called pharmacy.

 

Sis Rebecca and Sis Steve work in the "Pharmacy" at Yale during our November outreach. We set up and function wherever we are given room. It is chaotic, crowded, uncomfortable, inconvenient, dirty, and unsanitary. But we are obedient to God's word to our hearts. That's why we cannot wait for the next trip.

 

 

 

This is Pricilla, Julius's wife, out at Bazamri where she was helping in the "Shoe / Candy / Lotion" station. We regularly give out these "loaves and fishes" along with drugs and treatments. Many of the villagers come only for these, making up some ailment so we will see them. Jesus had many that followed him only for the loaves and fishes. Whatever it takes that we might reach them with the gospel.

 

Here is Dorcas, Sam's wife, as she helps in the "shoe" station handing out flip-flops to the villagers. Each pair costs about $.35, nothing at all to any of us, and yet the villagers line up 2-3 times to get another pair for themselves or their family members. Jesus Christ is the greatest gift mankind has ever received. Are we as willing to line up again and again to receive from him? Or are we content with yesterday's experience?

 

 

A woman drawing water from the well at Bazamri. the bag holds maybe a gallon of water, the well is over 200ft deep and the only way to get water is to drop the bag down and pull it up. it is laborious hard work and yet think of all that we use water for in our lives. we turn on the tap and waste more than she will draw in one bag and never think a thing about it. do we waste the precious living water that Christ has given us so casually as well.