Today marked my first day of chemo in combination with proton radiation treatments. We will be taking chemo once each week and proton radiation treatments each weekday at 6:30am. Amazingly, the longest and hardest day at the hospital was our best day of ministry. The light always shines the brightest in the darkest places. I would have never chosen this ministry, but am humbled that God has called me to pray for and witness to those battling cancer and the medical staff of these hospitals.
Today we had the joy of witnessing to a hospital volunteer that distributes magazines for those on Chemo. He said he received such joy in giving to others and got somewhat emotional about it. I shared with him, this was the love of Christ he was experiencing and God sent His son to show His great love for us and to save each one of us from our sin. I had the joy of sharing the Gospel with him and praying for him to know why he feels such joy in serving others. He was moved and blessed and prayerfully we will see him again in the coming weeks.
It was our joy to pray for several nurses, sing ‘this little light of mine’ with one of the other nurses and talk to many patients. While walking the halls, looking for people in greater need than me, I saw a staff member who looked very sad and was leaning against the wall. She is probably an aid, and is from Nigeria. I asked if I could pray for her and she said thank you because she was “just hanging on”. After I prayed the Lord led me to give her all the cash I had in my pocket. She was overwhelmed and kept saying rather loudly in the chemo ward, “God bless you”, to which I replied, “He already has.” I shared with her that someone else had given me the money for our expenses and that it was truly from the Lord, in direct answer to her prayers. After I passed her my nurse, who is from India, came back and asked me why bad things happen to good people. I had just preached this message this past Sunday and I shared with her that we can always trust our loving God, who is accomplishing His plan in ways we can’t always understand, to advance His Kingdom and Glory for our Good. She was comforted about the sudden death of a friend of hers, in India, who was killed in a car accident, after having just finished Bible College in preparation to be a Pastor. Shortly after she left, another nurse came in who is very strong in the Lord, and just wanted to visit. We eventually asked where she lived and what areas of the city were in greatest need. She was quick to tell me the third ward and that she lives near this area. She then offered to go with me any time I wanted to go and gave me her number so I could meet her in the community. We look forward to walking the streets of the city to pray and share the gospel with the least.
Lastly, while leaving, I had the opportunity to meet another patient from Oklahoma who is on chemo. His wife had seen Laura in the hall and was clearly looking for a friend. This led me to stop and pray for them. They are going to call us today, as this is all new for them. I told them that nothing is impossible with God and to keep their eyes on Jesus and not on the cancer.
I was overwhelmed with the opportunity to worship, teach the Word, pray, give an offering, and share the Gospel! May we never forget that we are the church! You may be the only church someone ever attends. Live ready, your day is coming when it will be your turn to Have Church! Thank you for your fervent prayers that are enabling us to be used by God. We give God all the Glory!!