Let me state the obvious: we have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For us here in Davao City, Philippines, our ability to move out and about has been limited. The usually long queues in public places have become even longer. Access to public transportation has been much more challenging, especially to my co-workers who have been dependent on public utility vehicles to get to the hospital. There are lengthy protocols, such as putting masks on at all times, washing hands before going into the hospital, sitting seats apart for social distancing, and changing clothes before working. For me, the most disappointing adjustments in doing my job are that I can no longer give hi-fives to the kids, lay hands in prayer, or hug a mother in distress.
What I learned from this ministry is that we are always changing to make our service even better. However, I didn’t expect that change would involve a shift in the way we do clinics as well as adapting to COVID restrictions and challenges. Even as COVID disrupts the physical aspects of our jobs, we still have the opportunity to hear from God and read his word. It is true that doing spiritual ministry has been extra challenging lately. However, that has not stopped us from loving and serving God, especially in such a time as this.
God never promised his disciples that following him would be easy. In fact, part of John 16:33 says, “In this world, we will have trouble.” But the beautiful part in that promise assures us, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.” How amazing that God knew of these challenges beforehand, and His promises stand true today! He knew that COVID-19 would come at this day and time, and He knew that we would make drastic changes to the way we do things. But we take comfort that He is in control, and we can trust in His promises.
Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I have asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” This is one of my prayers while serving in these extraordinary circumstances. As a storyteller, I am driven to be intentional in making Jesus’ name known and see how He moves in the lives of ordinary people every day. It is when I gaze upon His beauty and His character that I see how He is incredibly steadfast even when circumstances and ordinary people like us are not.
As I walk through the doors of CURE Philippines during this pandemic, I know for sure that God loves the children with disabilities here in the Philippines. It is by His grace that we get to be a part of building His kingdom in this time of crisis. We are blessed to be doing great work with an eternal purpose. And because of that, with his leading, I am committed.
I may have a degree in medical science and work with people who are highly qualified in the medical field, yet we are as ordinary as any other person walking our streets. What makes our job extraordinary is the God who loves us and empowers us to work for Him. Thus, this job makes me spend more time on my knees praying, seeking, and craving the presence of God who goes before me.
You may not be seeing the effects of the pandemic on our side of the world. But, when you join us on your knees seeking God and believing in these prayers, the impact that you’re making is beyond what anyone can imagine. Presently, we have a total of 14 CURE hospitals and programs in underserved countries all over the world that could use your prayers. And by praying with ordinary people like us, you get to be a part of an extraordinary change that God is doing in our midst.
For specific prayer requests from CURE hospitals, visit cure.org/pray