The Edge of Death

Bob and Andrea Parker are missionaries in Kenya, Africa, and serve at Tenwek Hospital. God worked a miracle, and Bob shares the whole story from the accident to the amazing results. This story is a lesson about how God works even in hard and seemingly hopeless situations. You can read the entire article on Bob and Andrea’s blog.

We Treat Jesus Heals

“One thing I have long struggled with is the intersection of faith and science. As a scientifically-minded individual and a medical practitioner, it is often difficult to entertain the idea of a non-scientific explanation, to allow for things outside my world of reason and sensory observation. As a Christian, I struggle to understand the roles of prayer and miracles. To what extent should we pray for miracles or healing? While I believe God is capable of miraculous healing, I have not really seen such things in my life. Then I wonder if perhaps we don’t see them because we don’t need them. Have we become so self-sufficient and self-reliant that we have relegated the need for God to a small corner of our lives?

“The struggle to reconcile these things is even more present here in Kenya. Here, faith and the supernatural are deeply ingrained parts of life and affect all aspects of it. For Christians here, there is a deep daily need for reliance on God. To explain how deeply it affects everything would be outside the scope of this writing. Yet, in the hospital, where the fragile balance of life is constantly threatened, for the Kenyan Christian, there is the strong belief that nothing happens outside of the will of God, that God can and does heal, and that prayer can bring about healing.

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Tenwek Hospital’s ambulance bay.

“When Andrew arrived to casualty (ER), things indeed looked grim. While the fact that he had survived long enough to make it to Tenwek meant he likely didn’t have any immediately life-threatening injury, his initial assessment was not reassuring. He clearly had suffered a head injury as evidenced by a large defect over the right part of his head. Andrew was not responsive. In traumas, we have a way of evaluating an injured person’s degree of responsiveness or level of consciousness. This helps to measure how severe a head injury is and even helps us assess outcomes and the likelihood of survival. In this scoring system, 15 is the high score, meaning a normal level of consciousness. The low score is 3 and indicates no eye opening, movement or verbal response to pain. A score of less than 8 is considered comatose and indicative of severe brain injury. Andrew’s initial score was 5. Beyond simply indicating the severity of the injury to his brain, this was worrisome because people with severe brain injuries often need support to breathe correctly and should have a breathing tube placed very quickly to allow the brain to get the oxygen it needs in order to not worsen the damage that has already occurred. Andrew was now some hours from injury without any breathing support.”

Can you imagine being in this situation and what it must be like to only have hope in a miracle? If you want to help Tenwek Hospital, click the link and look at the bottom of the page for different donation options. To read the rest of the story, go to the Parkers’ blog.

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