Nazarene General Hospital- Jiwaka has a busy year in 2018 especially for the Chaplaincy Ministry with patients follow up and a lot of other activities. Chaplaincy Ministry, despite their tight schedule, takes time to visit one or two places every Sunday. On their list this year was Bekpe Preaching Point which was started from patient follow up.
Just like they do every day, Hospital Chaplains were seeing, praying and providing counseling to patients. It was in Surgical Ward where they met a young man who suffered a machete knife wound – chopped in his left arm by his father for his bad behavior. By the look on his face, it was clear he was in so much pain and held such bitterness. It was not an easy thing to forgive. He was planning to retaliate when he was discharge from the hospital. However, he was approached by the hospital chaplains who prayed and counseled with him. After sharing God’s word with him, he was convicted of his own bad deeds in this cycle of violence. He started talking to the chaplains about what he was planning to do to the one who hurt him.
Having conviction in his heart, prompted by the Holy Spirit to confess his sins, he asked the Chaplains to pray for him and ask Christ to change him. He then asked the chaplains the difficult question, “what am I going to do to my father who hurt me”? The chaplains shared with him the power of forgiveness and reconciliation as an alternative to continued violence. After a day he said, “I think the best way to forgive my father is to start a church there – that will signal my peers, friends and families that I am a transformed person”.
After discharge, the hospital chaplains then scheduled to do follow up with other staff and students. During their visit they meet with the family and community so the man could explain what has happened to his life when he was admitted to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital. He told them he is not that same person he used to be, he has been transformed – old bad habits have gone and he was a new person. The whole community and family were over joyed with the news, welcoming him back and thanking Nazarene Hospital for not only fixing his physical need but also how helping people’s emotional, social, and spiritual life affect others. The community was willing to support him in this endeavor to build a church. After two weeks his father came and they both reconciled to each other. The family says building a church means a new beginning for the family and the community.
The Hospital Chaplain’s ministry continued to make visits with some willing staff twice a month, had fellowship, and taught them about the articles of faith of the church. Offerings were given in in cash and kind to erect a new bush material church building. After discussions with church leaders in that circuit, all have agreed to have a new church planted there. The circuit of churches will provide a pastor to take care of that church.
November 4th, 2018 was the official opening and blessing of the new church. NHM Chaplaincy Ministry at this time officially did the opening of the church and handed it over to the local circuit.
The chaplains planted 5 churches in 2017 and 4 churches in 2018 from patient follow up just like this!