Letter from Mike: Senegal – September 2018

“During His ministry Jesus devoted more time to healing the sick than to preaching. His miracles testified to the truth of His words, that He came not to destroy but to save. His righteousness went before Him, and the glory of the Lord was His rearward. Wherever He went, the tidings of His mercy preceded Him. Where He had passed, the objects of His compassion were rejoicing in health, and making trial of their new-found powers. Crowds were collecting around them to hear from their lips the works that the Lord had wrought. His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon. Why should they not love Jesus, and sound His praise? As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy wherever He went.

“The followers of Christ are to labor as He did. We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering and afflicted. We are to minister to the despairing, and inspire hope in the hopeless. And to us also the promise will be fulfilled, ‘Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.’ Isaiah 58:8.” Desire of Ages, 350.

Deborah, a medical missionary in Senegal, is following the path of the Master in working to relieve the suffering of her people. Because medical facilities and resources in Senegal are limited, many suffer with untreated diseases. Compounding the problem, poverty  prevents many people from seeking even the limited health care which is obtainable; therefore many die for lack of treatment. Many people lose hope because they have nowhere to turn. Deborah offers these sufferers natural healing through God’s remedies. Senegal is a predominately Muslim nation and for a Muslim to seek advice from a person not of their faith is considered unwise; yet Deborah’s loving influence in her area is growing, and many are seeking her medical expertise.

A distressed woman with cancer came searching for medical help in the village where Deborah lives. The people directed her to Deborah, which was a surprise, since Deborah is not a Muslim. However, Deborah could see that the woman was in a very desperate situation and needed medical attention right away. The cancer had metastasized and was now visible from the outside. Although the case was more than Deborah alone could manage, she set herself to work doing what she could to relieve this poor woman’s suffering. In a few weeks, the lady began feeling better and grew strong enough to start helping with some daily activities. It is incredible what prayer and Christ’s power can accomplish! Christ’s name was lifted up, and the promise came, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32, NKJV. Many in the area began asking about the God that Deborah serves and worships, giving her many opportunities to witness about the power of Christ and His love! If you would like to partner together to win the hearts of the Muslims in Senegal, please mark your donations, “Senegal Mission.”

Yours in serving the Master,