Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Least of These

After the first three or four days of seeing primarily earthquake-related wounds and injuries, the crowds of folks waiting to be seen every day swelled to upwards of 300 which was a severe test of our abilities to take care of in one day. We worked as hard as we could, but you can only do so much. Alot of people from the village started showing up with minor (relatively speaking, of course) or chronic problems, such as headaches or scabies, or whatever. At first we got them all seen, but as word got out in the village, we simply got too busy. (Hey, when you're good, you're good). I felt bad when we had to announce to the crowds that we could not see chronic conditions that day. Here we were, the first medical people to show up, and we didn't have time to see them. It felt so wrong, but we had to take care of those most sick or injured.

The precious people of Haiti are so hungry for someone to sit and listen to them, to hear what they have to say, to lay a compassionate hand on them. They soak you in, as if unable to get enough of you. And they're sooo appreciative.

I think of Jesus's words when He said, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me." Is it possible? Is it possible that I actually encountered the living Jesus in one of my patients today? I wonder which of the least of those... was him.

3 comments:

haititodd said...

You never know which one it could be, do you Steve.

Anonymous said...

Continuing to follow your blog faithfully & continuing to think about/pray for the people of Haiti. Thank you for your ongoing insights and thoughts.....take care.

Lisa D.

Bonnie said...

Hi Steve, thank you for your almost daily insights and stories of our Awesome God at work. I check your blog daily. God bless you in your upcoming public meeting on Haiti. What an opportunity to share our Lord with others and the needs in Haiti!
Love and Prayers to you and Haiti
Bonnie Sloan Mowat (Ron's sister)

((P.S.) Neil and I are at his home church, by Cadillac Mi as pastor. He is disabled with M.S. but will continue to preach as long as he can. I was just hired yesterday for a job as a lab tech at a local hospital, a big answer to prayer. Hope to see you someday at an IWU reunion. :) I'll see you here, there, or in the air!! :)