A few weeks ago, Eric and Pastor Charles Magala took a group from our church here, on their regular hospital visiting. When they returned, my husband looked shell-shocked.
They were going from bed to bed, when they began to smell the stench of rotting flesh coming from one bed in particular. There was a mama, with a baby that was a month old. She had had a c-section and then the wound had gotten infected. Not having money for medicine, it became worse and worse. By the time our group arrived, it was a large open wound, rotting flesh with flies swarming over her. The husband recognized pastor Charles. Being a friend of the groom, he had been to the wedding of Pastor Charles' daughter. They were believers from a church a couple hours away.
Our group did as they normal do, they prayed and gave them a bar of soap and left.
When Eric returned home, he was obviously distraught. We talked some more to Pastor Charles. Pastor Charles remarked,
"We must realize that sometimes God brings us to the hospital on a certain day and to a certain ward in his good providence because he wants us to do more."
It was true. We couldn't just leave her to die! Such a young mother! So Eric and Charles, returned immediately with resources for medicine. We also asked our friends on facebook for prayers for her. And one couple responded with not only prayers but also financial resources to completely take care of her needs.
Here is a picture of the beautiful things that can happen when the Holy Spirit works upon the hearts of one member of the body of Christ to help another member of the body of Christ. Geographical and cultural boundaries are not boundaries in God's economy.
The smiles of a recovering mommy and her sweet baby...
it is so beautiful!