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Stuck in the TB Ward
This Week's Theme: On God's Mission
Harold J. Sala
Thursday, October 26, 2000

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Key Bible Verse: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40b).
Bonus Reading:Matthew 25:31-46

Doug Nichols, an India missionary, contracted tuberculosis and was sent to a sanitarium. When he offered tracts, the other patients refused, wanting nothing to do with this American or his God.

One night, kept awake by his raspy cough, Doug noticed an old man trying to get out of bed, falling back because of weakness and finally, exhausted, lying still and sobbing. It was soon obvious from the stench that he'd been trying to get to a bathroom. Says Doug, "The nurses were angry because they had to clean up the mess. One slapped him."

The next night the same scene repeated. Doug went over, picked the old man up, carried him to the bathroom and, when finished, carried him back. Speaking an unfamiliar language, the old man kissed him on the cheek.

Drifting off to an uneasy sleep, Doug woke in the morning to a steaming cup of tea served to him by another patient, who motioned that he wanted one of Doug's tracts. "Throughout the day," says Doug, "people came to me asking for tracts or Gospels of John, until everyone in the hospital had one. Over the next few days, several trusted Christ as Savior!"

—Harold J. Sala in Heroes

Respond:

Are people interested in your faith because you care?

Thought to Apply:

We will never know by experience God's richest blessings of comfort and compassion toward others until we ourselves have had trials.

— T. J. Bach (missionary to Venezuela)

Adapted from Heroes (Promise, 1998).

Prayer for the Week
Jesus, show me how to be a witness to your Son—wherever I am.

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