(Note: This blog story is different from most blogs from International Aid. The partner in this story asked not to be identified but wanted to share about how God provides. We will refer to him ask Dr. John in this story.)
“Money will never make you happy, and lack of it won’t either. But following the will of God and His calling for your life…creates a feeling and comfort that only comes from above.” shared Dr. John. As a guy who never really cared about money, Dr. John proved that as he followed his calling into the medical missions field. “I became a missionary who was not getting paid much” he says “but that’s ok…because I knew that God would provide my needs.” Dr. John’s faith was truly tested as he spent his first 7 years in the mission field without full support. “It was never a burden” said Dr. Smith “when our bill came each month, it was always bigger than our paycheck.” But that didn’t stop us from wanting to serve the Lord and help those in need, “I knew that if I followed God’s calling and continued to be faithful, He would take care of us.”
In the area that Dr. Smith was doing missions work in, he “was the only doctor for about 150 thousand people” Yes, that’s right…150 thousand people. You see, the area was much different than the United States. “There were no ambulances, and people get carried or are dragged in,” said Dr. John. It was a time of building my faith and exposing me to situations that I never thought I would see in person.
Every doctor will tell you that there is a Golden Hour of Trauma that’s takes place during each procedure. It’s the time when the process stabilizes and creates support. After years of being faithful and praying to God, Dr. John received his Golden Hour; his mission work became “stabilized”, fully supported. “God took care of us, because we were faithful in ALL circumstances,” said Dr. John.
During the time that Dr. John was in the field working full time and trying to raise support at the same time, God revealed a certain scripture to him. The scripture was Philippians 4:6-7, which reads: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” In that time before the Golden Hour was reached, Dr. Smith found himself in constant prayer and supplication. “I needed to talk to God to help us,” said John. “That time taught me a lot about myself, and my personal relationship with Him.”
During that time God also opened many doors and created many great things for the mission. God created a place where many Christian workers came to work. “But most importantly, God introduced me to International Aid.” said Dr. John. “The equipment and supplies that I receive from International Aid help me to do the work that God has called me to do, to heal broken lives and share the Good News of Jesus Christ,” Dr. John says “if it weren’t for our mission partners (like International Aid), there would be an opportunity for us to do what we do”
You see God’s timing is always perfect. He had the whole plan orchestrated from the beginning. It was his goal for us to get the hospital up and running” said John “then he made it evident that we needed to make sure that the people we serve have a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. And then he opened doors for us to partner with organizations, such as International Aid, who share our same mission and values.”
At International Aid, we praise God for stories like this. Sometimes it’s a simple reminder to help remind us and continue to understand what is that God is doing through this organization. In the words of Dr. John “God is Good, God is Faithful, He does take care of us!”