The Gift

Justin and Debby Williams are missionaries serving in pastoral training and education ministries in Uganda. In this post on the Williamses’ blog, Justin tells of his friend Mohammad who needed encouragement but ended up also encouraging Justin with his story.


Justin Williams and Mohammad (Photo credit- Justin and Debby William’s)

“This is my friend Mohammad. You might remember him from a blog post that I did several months ago. I haven’t seen Mohammad since last December. I was unexpectedly reunited with him this evening. I met Mohammad during a time when I was going through a lot of transition and learning to work within a new culture. He has a relaxed and pleasant demeanor that enables you to feel very welcome in his presence. I think at the very core of who Mohammad is, Jesus resides in that most secret of places. In a quiet way and loving way, Mohammad’s life emanates Jesus in every possible way. Even if he says nothing at all, he makes me want to have a closer walk with Christ. I wish more than anything that you could meet him because you’d simply praise God that this brother is in the family of God.

“Tonight Mohammad told me a story that really gripped me. The information of the story was gripping but also the emotion that came from my friend was intense. I wasn’t used to seeing him getting emotional, and at first he was embarrassed. I reassured him that I was happy to walk with him through what he was describing. This quickly put him at ease and he told me the following story.”

To hear the whole story, go to the Williamses’ ministry blog.

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Miracle at Kijabe

Dan and Heather Galat are missionaries serving in Kenya at Kijabe Hospital. This was a recent move for them from their past location at Tenwek Hospital. Dan shares in their latest blog post about a young man named Samuel, who was in desperate need of help, and how God answered prayers.

“On my first day of work at Kijabe Hospital, I met a 20-year-old patient named Samuel, who had been involved in a terrible motorcycle accident resulting in a burst fracture of his T7 thoracic vertebra.  When he first presented to Kijabe (one week after the accident), Samuel was completely paralyzed from the abdomen down, without any motor and minimal sensory function in his lower extremities.  One of my new partners, Dr. Muchiri, had performed a decompression with posterior instrumented fusion from T4-T10 so that the patient could at least mobilize to a wheelchair.  Now, when I first met him, more than two weeks from his initial injury, Samuel was recovering from his surgery, and physiotherapy was beginning to work with him, teaching him how to live as a person with a new, permanent spinal cord injury.


“Original CT scan of the fracture of T7 vertebra. Bone fragments are pressing into the spinal canal, compressing the spinal cord.” (Photo and caption by Dan Galat)


“Dr. Muchiri did excellent work stabilizing his spine. ” (Photo and caption by Dan Galat)


“Samuel’s affect was quite flat when I first met him, no doubt secondary to the realization that he would never walk again.  Spinal cord injuries in Kenya are at best, significantly challenging (as there are no disability provisions or laws in Kenya) and at worst, a ‘death sentence’ (as patients, neglected by family and friends, often succumb to pneumonia, infected bedsores, or urinary tract infections).  My heart went out to Samuel as I examined his legs, confirming that he was indeed paralyzed.  After my examination, I offered to pray for him, and he readily accepted.  I prayed simply that God would meet him in a meaningful way, and that he would be able to function well with his new condition.

“Upon returning from a 3-day trip to Singapore for an orthopaedic training course, while rounding on patients in the morning, the team came to Samuel’s beside, and he was beaming.  ‘Anything new with Samuel,’ I asked, hoping that he had gotten his wheelchair, and was progressing on schedule with therapy.  ‘Yes,’ said Dr. Otido, rather dispassionately.  ‘He started walking about three days ago.’  ‘What?’ I said, looking searchingly at the team, entirely puzzled, as I had never seen, nor heard of a patient who made a complete recovery more than two weeks after such a spinal cord injury.  ‘Come again…you said he’s walking?!’ I asked with emphasis.  ‘Yes,’ said Dr. Okello, the orthopaedic resident.  ‘He’s been walking with crutches.’  Bewildered, I went to Samuel’s bedside to examine him myself.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…he had full sensation in both extremities, and was moving his legs, feet and toes as if he had never been injured (all the while smiling broadly).  I looked back at the team, and said, ‘This is a complete miracle!  There is no other way to explain this medically!’  Now Dr. Okello was the one looking puzzled.  ‘Daktari, you know…these things happen at mission hospitals,’ he replied.  ‘Indeed,’ I said, still amazed that I had witnessed a modern day miracle.  Later, I came to Samuel, and encouraged him with the truth that Jesus had heard our prayers and healed him.  He fully agreed and affirmed that he was a believer, a member of the Presbyterian Church in Kenya.


“Samuel, now all smiles!” (Photo and caption by Dan Galat)

“As I have processed Samuel’s case (myself and with other physicians), I am convinced that we have been privileged to witness a true miracle.  There is absolutely no way to explain it medically.  While recovery after such spinal cord injuries can occur, it is usually minimal (e.g. slight improvement in sensation by a level or two), especially in those who have demonstrated almost complete neurologic deficit for an extended period of time after initial injury.  But should I be so surprised?  Is anything too difficult for the One who in perfect wisdom created something as complex as the spinal cord?  Surely, ‘Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?  You Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.’ Psalm 89:8.

“Thanks for all your prayers and support which has sustained us over the years, and enables us to continue partnering with you in Kenya!”

Will you pray for the Galats’ ministry as they settle into their new area and continue treating those in need?

Did You Know?

Did you know that as part of the missionary pages on WGM’s website that we are beginning to film and attach biography videos? These videos give you the chance to hear firsthand accounts of what each missionary’s ministry is all about. Check out the videos, and find out how you can get involved in a missionary’s cause today!

Mike Banks

Dan and Dana Jacobs

Jorge and Laura Vaca

Jim and Becka Johnson




mis130425_01Emily Henry is a missionary serving in children’s and youth ministries on the American Indian Field. In her latest blog, Emily talks about how prayer can sometimes be intimidating for youth and shares what she’s doing to remedy that fear.

“Our teen group this week learned about a practical and easy approach to prayer.  My focus was to make prayer a natural behavior for them.  I believe teens tend to think of prayer as something intimidating and complicated whereas in fact it’s just like talking to a friend.  A friends who’s trustworthy, loyal, loving and unchanging.  So I brought in a worksheet that will hopefully help them in their prayer time.  It focuses on thanking God, asking for prayer for others, things they need to work on, their own requests and answers to their prayers or how God has helped them that day.  I also had them write down the A.C.T.S. format to help them have a better outline for their prayer time:

“Adoration is the act of praising God.

“Confession is the act of telling God the sins that we are struggling with.

“Thanksgiving is giving Him thanks for all of the gifts that we have received.

“Supplication is when we come to Him with our wants and our needs and our requests for others.

“The kids were really open to this; taking notes and asking questions.  I’m so excited to see this group grow!”

Will you join in practicing this A.C.T.S. prayer technique while you pray for these teens? May they experience God’s presence and a new sense of joy and connection through these prayer practices.