|Bringing hope and healing|
|Screening day: This boy is having surgery on his eye and hand|
|This hand belongs to the young boy pictured above|
|One of my dear english-speaking patients on screening||day|
It was a strange feeling, I had no idea how much it had affected me. It's not a good feeling- to torture somebody. And I now fall into the category of weak-sauce nurses!
It is currently Easter season, so the story of Jesus' journey to the cross is fresh on my mind. Jesus went through so much pain and torture, both physical and emotional on his way to the cross. He was beaten and mocked and had the ultimate torture of dying on a cross. Before his trial, Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." (Mat 26:38) When Jesus was lead to Golgotha to be crucified, he was beaten, had his clothes stripped from him, thorns put on his head by the soldiers, yet he never showed any anger or vengeance against them. And when all is said and done, and Jesus was sitting on his heavenly throne- if those soldiers asked for his forgiveness, he would give it without question, even after all the torture they put him through.
I was reminded of this amazing forgiveness when I went back into the ward an hour later to see Nancy. I was so afraid that she would hate me forever and never understand why I caused her so much pain. But when I walked into the ward, she called me over to where she was sitting on her bed, she gave me a thumbs up and then hugged me. I could have cried all over again! I was so thankful that she could see through the pain and understand that I wasn't trying to hurt her, that I really cared about her.
It's not always easy to help people, and sometimes you have to cause them pain in order to give them healing. Thank goodness we have a God who is merciful and gives healing when it is most needed!
Some of my patients:
|This young woman was burnt due to an accident during an epileptic seizure. She and I had a dance party last week when I left the bandage off her leg because her wound was healed!|
|This sweet lady is from very far up-country and is one of the sweetest, strongest women I know. She smiles at me every time I pull a staple out of her and never shows any fear or pain.|
A few pictures from the ward, post surgery with all of their splints and bandages, which I change for them everyday!
|Just a good lookin baker I know!|
Prayer requests this week:
- quick healing for all the patients, and pain free dressing changes!
- healing for 3 of our patients who are struggling with infections
- for my upcoming travel to Sierra Leone and Nigeria in 2 weeks!