…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
An ophthalmologist from Texas, a Jewish Christian proud of his heritage, has volunteered on our ships several times. On this trip, his very first patient was a blind African mullah, the religious leader of a mosque. The mullah told the doctor through a translator, “I want you to operate on my eyes so I can once again study the Koran and teach my people how to live”.
When the doctor heard this, he excused himself from the operating room to go outside. His internal dialogue went something like this: I’ve just taken two long flights to the other side of the world. I miss my wife and kids. I’m losing thousands of dollars in operating revenue in my home practice, and my first patient is a Muslim mullah? Is this really what I should do?
And after a few tense moments, he had the impression that he should do the best possible surgery he could because God loved the mullah as much as God loved him. So he returned to the operating room. What he didn’t know was that the nurses had been talking to the mullah, and had mentioned that the doctor was Jewish. Guess who had the problem now?
The mullah, all too aware of what was happening in the Middle East, suddenly wasn’t so sure he wanted this Jewish doctor, with his set of surgical knives, working on him.
Here was the geopolitical situation of the world in a microcosm and it was happening onboard our ship, right before our very eyes. Finally the mullah consented and the doctor performed the surgery. All went well.
Before the doctor left to go home, one of our follow-up team returned to the ship looking for him. “We want you to know what is happening, before you leave,” the team member explained. The mullah told them that although he was skilled in knowledge of the Koran, he had never experienced such a loving community. He remembered our explanation of the mercy found on Mercy Ships. Since we are People of the Book, and studying of our book was part of a good Muslim’s duty, he has told the people in his mosque that the only way to discover this loving nature of the character of God would be through studying the Injil. So, the mullah procured video equipment and was playing a video version of the gospel of Luke in his mosque to teach them what he learned from a Jewish doctor about a God of love.
Source: Don Stephens, Ships of Mercy, Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.
Injil – Gospel of Jesus
Mercy Ships is a remarkable fleet of hospital ships that sail the world. Each year, doctors on these ships perform numerous complex operations that transform people’s lives in areas where up to half the population has no access to basic health care.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let them show it by their good life,
by deeds done in the humility
that comes from wisdom.
James 3:13 (NIV)
In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus asked the expert of the law,
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied,
“The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36, 37 (NIV)
46 If you love those who love you,
what reward will you get?
Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your own people,
what are you doing more than others?
Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:46-48 (NIV)
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
October 15, 2014
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