Thursday, 3 February 2011

All things to all men

I loved this post by Dr. Erin.  She gave me the OK to share with you, so here it is...

"Just as I [Erin] am about to give chemotherapy to a pregnant lady with breast cancer, I look over and see Bill getting ready to give intraperitoneal chemotherapy to a lady with ovarian cancer.  Neither of us have experience in what we are doing, we are just doing our best and trying to help.

"In 1 Corinthians 9:22 Paul says, 'I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.'  Paul was talking about being able to relate to different kinds of people in the hopes of sharing the gospel and helping them learn about Christ.  In many ways, here at Kudjip we are doing the same thing.  As doctors, we came with a certain amount of knowledge and training, but every day in order to reach those who come through our gates, we are being stretched beyond our knowledge, skill and expertise.  We are not specialists, but missionary doctors who read, learn and are willing to help where we can.  In the process of bringing comfort and physical healing, we hope and pray they learn more about Christ.

"Bill and I are not oncologists, but to give the many with cancer a few more days, we do what we can with the chemotherapy we have.  Andy is not an orthopedist, but when the need arose, became an expert in treating talipes (club feet) and has given many little boys and girls the ability to walk on the soles of their feet.  Steph is not a neonatologist, but everyday she cares for our premature babies as she rounds in the nursery.  Scott and Rosie are not infectious disease specialists, but have and are caring for many with HIV and TB.  Susan is not a pediatric cardiologist, but takes care of our kids with congenital heart defects.  Jim is not a surgical specialist, but has helped many by doing everything from neurosurgery to gynonc to ENT to urology to orthopedics and anything that needs done.

"Individually we lack knowledge, skill and expertise, but collectively we share our knowledge, skill and expertise to serve those who come and attempt to bring home and healing in the process.  There is still much to learn and more we can do, but it is a blessing it is to be a part of this team who is trying to do what we can to help."

And what a team.  Thanks, Erin.

To read more from Dr. Erin, here is a link to her blog:

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