Bethesda Hospital Evangelist |
Mary visits patient couple
and shares the Gospel
by Mary Rosenberg
"I know the plans I have for you and they are plans for good and not for evil that you might have a future and a hope."
We saw an encouraging reality to this verse from Jeremiah 29:11.
While we were in Borneo, Len was given reference architectural plans used for the existing buildings. These plans were drawn by American Christian architects Fisher, Wallin and Long in January, 1970.
What struck me so deeply was that these hospital plans were already made three years before we were saved! Although we were still in darkness, God knew the "plans" He had for us. What a wonderful example of His work!
I, Mary, loved visiting patients and explaining the path of salvation. The Holy Spirit is at work at the hospital. Each month 15-20 people trust Christ. A Dayak native, Gideon, and his family are an example. Gideon has a fatal auto-immune disease nicknamed scalded skin syndrome.
A staff evangelist asked me to pray for him but, first, I asked him if he knew Jesus. That question led to Gideon's entire family - he, his wife and three kids praying to receive Christ that day!
The school teacher in me thought they needed homework: scripture memorization and Bible study. Each day when I visited them, the entire family was proud of their completed assignments and each day I gave them more. Their spiritual understanding and growth was evident.
At a town an hour away, we bought a complete Bible, notebooks and pens as a gift for the family - the total cost was $6.90 US. As God unfolded more and more about this family, I learned that the extended family are believers so there were many people to rejoice with them.
Since he placed his life in Christ's Hands, Gideon's disease has been responding to cortisone, and he should be fine after two years of out-patient treatments.
In this small campus setting, it was easy to visit and begin relationships with many patients. One evening about 8:45, I was invited to the delivery room.
The doctors couldn't find the baby's heart beat. Preparations were made for an emergency C-section which the mother refused. With the mom's great determination, baby Hannah was born - but with a cleft lip and palate.
The animist parents would interpret this as a spiritual curse. However, the hospital staff tell them about Jesus and His love and that He can be trusted even in difficult situations like this.