The day was bright on my way to work but there was a sense of gloominess in my heart. I let out a deep sigh and started to pray. The Lord knows my heart’s desire; that is to serve Him every day of my life. I volunteered for our Medical Mission and with so much excitement, I filed my vacation leave a week before April 5. Nonetheless, to my dismay, my leave form was returned to me unsigned; it was not approved by my immediate superior. I felt so downcast, stunned maybe. I understood the reason behind it. On the same date of our Medical Mission, it is also the start of our staff training and orientation. As a department head, I should be present during the entire training. I accepted it silently but deep within me I know God will do something great. As Psalms 37:4-5 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” With these promises in my heart, I prayed. Then the impossible happened.
A MISSION TO SERVE
By E. Valdez
where Jesus is The Living Word
When I reached my desk that morning, I immediately proceeded with my paper works. I arranged our training schedule then we had our not-so-formal urgent meeting. And with not-so-surprising news (for me), it was announced that our training was moved to a later date and my leave was APPROVED! Praise the Lord! I knew He will make the impossible possible! Needless to say, I jumped for joy that day.
April 5, 2016 – it was the first day of our week-long anniversary celebration. I am very excited to join our church’s activities. For me, it was a special day; a day for the Lord; a day for His sons and daughters; a day for His servants. I woke up before my alarm clock rings and prepared as if it was my birthday. I am a nurse by profession, yes, and the chance of serving in church through it is very rare. There was triumphant joy in my heart that was just so difficult to contain. Volunteers arrived an hour earlier and we excitedly prepared physically, mentally, and of course, spiritually. I have attended a lot of medical missions in the past but this one is unique in the sense that I cannot feel any pressure or hustle from organizers and doctors. In the midst of the long queue, there was unity, joy, and good fellowship between the volunteers and participants. I can say, there it is, the showcase of God’s wonderful and overflowing love.
Similar outreach activities like this includes physical assessment, medical consultations and free medications to all participants. However, ours was distinctive for it addresses every person’s need wholistically. For me, the best and most important area was the counseling station. All participants get to be prayed for and hear God’s amazing love and promises for them. Maybe next time I will volunteer to counsel and pray for our brothers and sisters too. It is indeed a privilege to pray and make that opportunity to connect them with God most especially for the purpose of sharing His grace and love for us. Oftentimes, this is the real thing that people need nowadays. This real thing is a Person; it is Him, Jesus Christ! More than the medical consultation, more than the free medicines, more than anything else . . . He is The One worth receiving this day. This was our aim . . . it is our mission to demonstrate the love of God and work together for the harvest.
As Day 1 of our week-long anniversary outreach program ended, we may be physically spent but our faces were beaming with joy and fulfilment. People who came that day may have different reasons for being there, but one thing’s for sure; all their medications and ailments may have long been gone, but the Jesus that they received will remain forever.