Daily Topic for June 02, 2007
The Corinthian church was not a “beautiful people” church. But Paul explained that God had chosen them to reveal the folly and weakness of the wise and strong of this world. Neither are today’s missionaries generally considered to be “beautiful people” in the world’s eyes. But God has used seemingly weak and foolish people to plant His church all around the globe.
Dear God, we need more “weak and foolish” Christians to become missionaries to the unreached peoples!
(Continued from yesterday)
Java, Indonesia was almost immediately overrun by the Japanese, and the Hanskamp family was taken as prisoners of war. They survived the long ordeal, and in 1946 returned to Holland. Minka, now 24, entered a hospital in Amsterdam to begin nurse’s training. Four years later, as a qualified nurse and midwife, she began enquiring about serving overseas. Finally, when she was 34, the Overseas Missionary Fellowship accepted her. They sent her to Thailand.
After ten years as a general nurse in a hospital in Thailand, Minka was assigned as a leprosy nurse, with responsibility for weekly clinics. The effects of her long internment in the Japanese camp were still visible. She “ate like a sparrow,” explaining that she’d been on a starvation diet so long that she was unable to eat much food at a time.
Minka never stopped to care for herself. She made regular journeys to out-of-the-way villages where there was much leprosy. She often visited individual patients, wading through streams and cycling along narrow paths, carrying her bike over planks that served as bridges, all in the tropical sun. She started a leprosy clinic at Pujud, which she visited every two weeks.-AL (Continued tomorrow)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for missionaries to pray through their daily activities, and seek Him for direction.