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Medical and Family: Discipleship Snapshots

We'd like to share several recent examples of discipleship happening in our midst, as "word" snapshots...

  • As we sat outside of the CT scanner in Kampala, Uganda waiting to do a follow up scan after Given's head injury, we were struck by this image: Eva and Logan sitting on either side of a young M. girl about their age, dressed in the traditional head covering (b-ka).  They then quietly pull out their Bibles and begin to "feed their spirit" by reading God's Word to themselves.  It was humbling to watch as they did this, of their own accord, not because of our urging, and this young girl watched with curiosity as they did so.  What the impact of their actions is we will never know, but we simply live our lives and obey the Lord, and trust He is working in that little girl's life.  We didn't have a camera, nor would we have felt it appropriate to take a picture if we did, but the image will be forever burned in our minds.
  • Two high school students have been following Jeff for over a year as he does medical work-- whenever they are on a break from school.  Recently they finished the top level they are able to do in South Sudan, and are awaiting their results before pursuing further education in Uganda & Kenya.  In the meantime, His House of Hope has hired them on as medical assistants, along with another female student interested in being a nurse.  Over the last few weeks, they have learned to sterilize instruments, take vital signs, keep up the medical registers, and many other things.  One skill they are mastering is assisting in surgery.  While finishing up the 4th C-section of the week, I was struck by the fact that we were operating on complex patients in a resource-limited setting with a couple of high school students scrubbed in to help-- and doing a good job of it!  I said to one of them, "You are doing much more and have seen much more than I ever did at your age!  You will be a great doctor.  You just need to hurry up and finish your education so you can come back and relieve me!"
  • Recently, our own children have also started helping out in the hospital.  In her first few forrays into the hospital, our oldest daughter witnessed a one year old die of malaria, 2 C-sections (including holding the premature, 2 lb 14 oz baby after delivery), and assisted her dad with hand surgery.
Part of the reality of life is that there are many more disappointing examples than these positive ones.  We continue to disciple our own children, which is not always pretty.  Even as I have been writing this, my wife and I have had to break up a nearly physical fight between two of our girls-- over a shirt!  We share this so you know the whole story, because it is true, and so you are not tempted to think more highly of us than you ought.  We are an ordinary family, with toddlers to teenagers, simply walking out the call Jesus has put on our lives.  "AS YOU GO, OBEY and make disciples of all nations..."


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

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