Band Aids or Eternal Healing

By dorsey
A woman worships Jesus in the middle of chaos

A woman worships Jesus in the middle of chaos

Because I live in the Dominican Republic I have been asked many times if I have been to Haiti. My response has always been, ” Never have, never will. Only if God calls me. ” I guess last week I received the call. I went to a border town in the DR named Jimani, then to Port au Prince, Haiti. I was constantly asking myself why I was there and what did God want to teach me.
I arrived at a Christian hospital in Jimani after a 10 hour drive from El Catey. The scene was quite impressive with a swarm of volunteers bustling with activity. There were lots of patients with severe injuries and lots of medical providers busy working on them. However, within minutes, I could tell that something was not right. Something was clearly missing. The air was filled with an attitude of pride and the need for recognition. There was an obvious struggle  for position and power.  Being new to this level of disaster relief I was quite naive. I had not considered the attraction of “disaster junkies” and the variety of motives that come with such events. I could not help but wonder, “where are all of Gods people?” and “why arent we in leadership?” We were there but I think many were like me and not sure what to do. It was probably confusion, fear and feeling a lack of authority. Finally, after 2 days of observing this, someone took a stand.
A cowboy cardiologist from Texas, wearing scrubs and a big belt buckle, stood up and bodly proclaimed the word of God and finished by leading us in prayer. I was so encouraged by this man that I needed to speak with him. He was always occupied with somebody until 2 days later when I encountered him alone on a stairway overlooking the Hatian border. At the end of our conversation he invited me to go to Haiti to help start a clinic in a church. He introduced me to his friend, Terry, who was part of the group going. I had such a blessed talk with Terry for over an hour and I knew I had to go. Terry said something that stuck with me, “God is using Haiti to save us.”
In Jimani I saw overwhelming physical injuries. I saw people literally broken, unable to stand or walk, laying in the dirt. They were going through something that almost no one could comprehend. Yet these people were raising their hands in worship, giving Jesus praise and glory in the midst of their suffering. At the same time I saw others, who thought they were helping these “poor people who have nothing”, struggle to gain power, pride and appear important. The irony was stunning.
The patients were well taken care of. The very sick were transported by helicopter, lives were saved, severe injuries and wounds were treated. But, if done without Jesus, it is only a Band Aid. Even the most minor injury or illness, if treated with Jesus, is Eternal Healing. Be encouraged. It will never be a Band Aid if whatever you do in word or deed, you do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ( Col 3:17 )
Christians, its time to wake up! Time is short. We have the responsibility and the authority to make an eternal impact. Ephesians 5:15-16 says “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” I read this note on that. God commands us to redeem the time-to buy it back, to control it and not to let it control us-because the days are evil. God wants us to invest our time and energies in things that have eternal value and in people whom He created for Himself, not in things which are useless, temporal, self-centered, or destructive! No more Band Aids!

Filed in: Founders' Blog • Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Comments

Thank you so much, Steve! God bless you guys. We love you.

Wow, Steve! Great prespective…And so well communicated! Thanks for sharing! God Bless!

By Michelle Lajza on July 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 am

Steve,
I still think it was awesome that I got to hear this firsthand. I am praying for you and Julie at this time. Love,Michelle

 

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