Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Privleged Fellowship

Some Send, Some Go and Some Pray :)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" 
Colossians 3:16
We are ALL privileged to be in fellowship together as we take part in the Life Changing Work that is happening on Mercy Ships.

I have come to believe that it is not what "I" am doing, but what the Holy Spirit is doing in me as I serve and follow Jesus. HE is doing a GREAT Work IN Me!
"He has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love" (Ephesians 1:4)", and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him" 
Colossians 3:10

As Paul prayed for the Colossians, I believe the same prayer stands for me and you...
"We do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. 
That ye may walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness; 
Giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Colossians 1:9-13

I am amazed at all the work that can be accomplished when we all come together in Fellowship. The African Mercy is overflowing with Blessings and the Holy Spirit is doing a GREAT WORK in each one of our hearts. 

Ship Life, 400+ people coming and going, jammed packed into small living spaces, all with varying backgrounds provides for a great "training" ground  where we LEARN to "Put on mercy, kindness, humbleness, meekness and long suffering" (Colossians3:12) that prepares us to stand before HIM holy and blameless in His Sight :)

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again for all those that have fed LIFE into me, financed "my training"  and gave me the privilege to be here!! 
As with all the patients, I will be forever transformed!!!!
I took the process of getting consent forms signed as easy, yet, I found out that it is not always an easy decision for patients to come on board the ship. There are rumors flying around that we are here to harm them, take out their organs, hold them captive and practice medicine on them. Many of the patients have shared lengthy stories of myths and lies surrounding us. Many come from the North, from uncivilized villages, never seeing "white people" let alone all this technology. As they step foot on Mercy Ship grounds our hope is that they are immediately greeted with love and respect! By the time it comes to get the consent form signed, trust has been gain and signatures come willingly. 
Imagine a LIFE carrying the weight of this Goiter around for so many years!
 I learned the meaning of HOPE, PATIENCE, and PERSEVERANCE through hearing the story of this lovely lady.
Same lovely lady, Goiter GONE!!! In the process she lost 6 pints of blood during her surgery. We were each given the privilege to share our blood with her!

The following is a great synopsis of the Blessings that WE are ALL a Part of in just the month of January :) 

His Promise! My Hope!
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. 
Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.
For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4