January 2017: Sharing and Giving
“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Sharing and giving are important aspects of life at the Christian Hospital in Mungeli (CHM). Sharing a skill, a story, a relationship with Christ, or an experience seems to be natural to those who grace both campuses.
Chapel is held prior to work every day and includes prayer, singing, and scripture. The entire time smiles, songbooks, and Bibles are shared. This begins a day of sharing and giving.
Everyone who works in the hospital gives of themselves. We tend to patients’ needs and give support and comfort in times of distress. At the hospital, families stay with their ill family member while they are hospitalized. They share in the entire experience with their loved one.
Nurses and doctors visit remote villages where they perform physical exams, provide medication, educate about health, and advise about sanitation. The visits are a service of sharing with those who are unable to make it to the hospital due to physical and/or financial constraints.
Giving is one of the most important topics in the Bible. The constant display of giving and kindness makes me glad to be here and reminds me of a Bible verse in which Paul reminds us that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Clearly God is using the staff and volunteers at CHM to do great work; to share and receive.