Personally, I have never thought visiting the sick could rank so high in my life. It’s now become a thought that’s never a far off! I still don’t and I don’t think I need to understand why it is so.
As a team, we know we are the body of Christ here on earth that represents Him to the sick whether born again or not and we strive to treat them as He would. Time and again we have literally felt “Emmanuel” – God moving with us, as we did bed to bed visit, from one ward to another. We see God illuminate His joy on the faces of the sick as we share the hope we have in Christ. By God’s grace the Holy Spirit has faithfully given us wisdom and the utterances to boldly and tenderly share His love to the sick, their visiting friends and relatives and hospital staff. The hospitalized we have met include women who have just lost their babies in childbirth, victims of violence, those scheduled for surgeries, healed but lacking money to pay their hospital bills, children, those in maternity wards, those in Intensive Care Units (ICU), among others. We have learnt to hope against all hope and that there is nothing like a ‘hopeless case’ for we are sent of Jehovah whose name is above any disease or condition.
It is amazing to see what God is doing through H.I.P. Scores are giving their lives to Jesus and as we contact the people we have reached out to, we get the testimonies of miraculous healing, cancelled surgeries, terminated suicide missions, provision of hospital bills, and lives and families being transformed. At times we meet some in bed yet so full of life that we stand by their side and we are refreshed and encouraged by their faith and hope. Such wouldn’t allow a disease make their souls be dull! Others have referred to us as “angels of God” or “sent of God” just because we cared to visit people who we neither knew nor related to!
We are God’s disciples to the sick (Luke 10:9), we do well to Jesus’ brothers and sister in hospitals (Matthew 25:39, 30). The Holy Spirit is bubbling in us with good news for the poor, binding up of the broken-hearted, freedom for the captives and the release for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).
With such testimonies and experiences, I am daily waking up in anticipation for the next mission, the next hospital, the next soul. Feel free to join us in this worthwhile calling. Thank you for your time.