I recently attended a reception to recognize the faithful dedication of two women, Marian Ronald and Daisy Hanna. As nurses they have each spent 50 years at the Loloma Mission in Zambia, Africa. They do not seek attention for themselves but tell how the Lord called, equipped and enabled them to do the necessary work.
Primarily the women went to Africa to tell the good news of salvation to the people they met while providing nursing care. However, they have each contributed to the Mission in many ways. Daisy and Marian are involved with Bible Studies, sewing classes, buying food from local producers, clinics, surgeries, midwifery, medical transportation and the feeding and clothing of widows and orphans.
They have seen many changes over the years, particularly within the area of communication. It used to take three or four weeks to send a letter out of Africa and a similar amount of time to receive a reply. Today with Skype, internet and cell-phones, the response is almost immediate.
At times the dirt roads were treacherous. Skirting fallen trees and straddling deep holes on the dirt surfaces added time to the transportation of critically ill patients. Today, many roads are paved. They allow for quick travel, which can save lives in medical emergencies. But, one thing that has never changed is the message of the Gospel.
When Marian and Daisy first went to Africa they told the people that God loved them enough to send His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in their place. Today the nurses continue to tell the Africans that God loved them enough to send the Lord Jesus Christ to die on the cross for sin that was not His own.
Sin makes each of us imperfect. We make mistakes and commit more sin. Sin leads to death. Unlike us, God is sinless and perfect. The Bible tells us that, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). To have God as our Father, and to be with Him in Eternity, we need to be sinless and perfect in His eyes, and the only way we can be, is to have faith in Christ as our Saviour so His righteousness can be credited to us. Because the Lord Jesus took our place, God is able to forgive our sin and call us His children when we place our trust in the finished work of His Son.
It is good that not everything changes!
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