Miracle on Computer Lab

This is a follow up of previous article about our computer lab. Here is the story from Philip Kaise a W& W team member who help set up the computer programs for the computer lab. He came at the time when the college needed someone!

My summer of 2011, and my time at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital have now faded away. But the people and the events that took place in Kudjip that summer are forever etched in my memory.

I have deliberated for some time now as to whether I should say anything at all because I was concerned that some would consider it as prideful boasting. However after much prayerful consideration, I will tell you a story. But it is not about me and it is all about God and His glory.

I am Philip Kaiser. I am the “IT Specialist” Principal White wrote about in the “NCON Computer Miracle” post on the Kudjip NCON News website.  I was part of the 18 member Work and Witness Team lead by Dr. John Brothwell, from Northwest Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona that went to the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital during July and August, 2011. Our team was comprised of medical professionals and students who would work in the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, those who would work laying the foundation for the new women’s nursing student dorm, and those who would cook and serve meals for the entire team. I was to be part of the construction team.

My part of  God’s story begins on June 3rd, 2011, when I decided to have elective outpatient surgery on my right foot to repair a torn tendon on the inside of my foot and re-attach a small tendon under my ankle on the right side of my foot. My doctor told me that after the surgery I could not be bear any weight on my foot for 4 weeks and then I would go through two weeks of physical therapy. After that I would be back to normal.  That left me with one week to spare before my July 22nd, 2011 departure for PNG. However, Satan had other plans.

On June 21st, 2011 I was light headed and had shortness of breath for about 20 minutes. After seeing the doctor and having an ultrasound diagnostic procedure done on my right leg I was admitted to the hospital in the cardiovascular unit on June 24th, 2011 for four days. I had developed post operative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and had several small pulmonary embolisms (PE) in my lungs.  My EKG and other various diagnostic procedures showed I had no other problems. I was placed on blood thinners (Coumadin) as treatment and released from the hospital. Needless to say, my trip to PNG was in doubt.

Initially I was resigned that I would not be going to PNG, but God placed a strong desire within me to still go. During the subsequent doctor visits, we asked at every step of the way whether I could still fly and go to PNG. Each time the doctors confirmed that my DVT was stabilized and since I was on Coumadin, I could travel to PNG. Dr. Brothwell wryly pointed out to me, that I would likely be the one least likely to develop blood clots on the long flight to Australia and then PNG since I was on Coumadin. So after much pray I decided to go.

On July 22nd, 2011 I left with the rest of the work and witness team in a wheel chair, with my crutches, and an air-cast on my right foot. Originally I was to be part of the construction team laying the foundation for the women’s nursing student dorm. However, it was clear the God was going to use me in other ways and I was perfectly content that it would be working with the four ladies on the team cooking and serving meals for the rest of the team. After arriving at the Barnabas House at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital compound on July 24th, 2011, I discussed with Mike and Diane Chapman my role on the team given my physical limitations with my right foot. Diane suggested that I could sort and count pills in the hospital pharmacy in addition to helping cook and serve meals.  So on Monday, July 25th, 2011, Diane picked me up from the Barnabas house to drive me to the hospital pharmacy. About halfway there, Diane asked me what kind of work I did back in Phoenix. I told her that I was an Engineer and did software and systems engineering for General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona. She then asked me if I knew anything about computers. 🙂 I said “a little bit”.   :-}  She then drove right on past the hospital and took me to the new computer lab at the Nazarene College of Nursing. There I met Pastor August and thirty Dell Optiplex 740 computes in their boxes.

So I spent my two weeks in the NCON computer lab installing Ubuntu Linux and configuring the desktop for each of these computers, setting up the computer lab, and teaching Pastor August all I could about computers and IT administration of computers. As I came to learn and as is written in the “NCON Computer Miracle” post, God was working His good Providence with the NCON computer lab.  In March, NCON began building computer tables in faith, trusting that God would provide the computers. Then God indeed provided. He provided K30,000 from the Governor of another province (Egna) in the Western Highlands to buy thirty computers. And then in July, He brought me to the NCON computer lab in His perfect timing to install software and configure those computers and setup the computer lab. Also Curt Wellendorf and his son CJ were very instrumental with helping set up the computer lab. They drilled the holes in the computer desks and then helped set up each computer and route the mouse and keyboard cables and power cords through the holes they had drilled.

Just like Philip’s divine appointment with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39), there were 18 divine appointments at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital that summer. Mine was but one of them. Dr. John, Dr. Mike, Nischell, Ashley, Jessica, and Marissa were part of the medical team and daily ministered to the physical needs of the local people at the hospital. Also Nischell, Ashley, Marissa, and CJ typed into MS Word documents important NCON teaching documents and records that were required to be in an electronic format so that NCON could keep its accreditation with the PNG government which was to expire in November. Kevin, Jerry, Curt, CJ, and Bailey labored daily in the “mud pit” laying the foundation for the new women’s nursing student dorm and witnessing to several of the local men who were part of their crew. Miles preached Sunday mornings at bush churches and taught at NCON. Francy also taught at NCON and also had several opportunities to minister to the women teachers and students at NCON struggling with domestic violence. Terri, Kitty, Carol, and Barb daily prepared meals for the entire team and served them to us.

18 divine appointments, made in His perfect Providence and timing.

My summer of 2011 has now faded away, ……… but His divine appointments are forever. To Him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, belongs all the Glory forever, and ever, and ever. Amen. Amen. Amen.

John 17:3: This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

Philip Kaiser
General Dynamics C4 Systems
8201 E. McDowell Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
(480) 441-9825
Philip.Kaiser@gdc4s.com

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