When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14
It was about the 3rd day into our week long medical clinic in Chen Chen with HealthCare Ministries when I (Debbie) was overcome with compassion. I was working in triage with the nurses, which was situated by the entrance to the municipal building where we held the clinic. The people who passed through triage began to tell us that they had started forming a line outside at 1:00 in the morning. They told us they had never seen anyone do a free clinic with free medicine. They said they had never been treated so well. As the morning progressed the crowd grew. The people were desperate. They were crowded at the door. I approached the door and told them in my not so perfect spanish that our desire was to help everyone but due to the number of people we would only be able to help those who had been waiting since the early morning hours. As I stood there looking at the sea of desperate faces I was overwhelmed with compassion and emotion. I couldn’t contain the tears as I knew that many would be turned away, and that the majority of them had no hope. The need was so much greater than we had resources for. I questioned “is this what Jesus felt?”
I thank God for the HealthCare team! It was amazing to see them minister to the people in a practical, physical way and at the same time share the message of salvation with them. Our counselors were able to lead more than 200 people to Christ. It filled my heart with joy to see people weeping in repentance and then in joy! One lady told me that when she came into the clinic she felt dead inside, but as the counselor was praying with her to receive Christ she felt a warmth fill her body and she exclaimed with joy “I feel alive”. Another lady with untreated diabetes cried when we gave her a years worth of insulin and she told Chris “in my life no one has ever treated me this way!”
We are working hard to minister to the people of our area. Please pray for us. The people are willing to receive the Lord here but because of their hard lives and their culture, they don’t continue in attending church and discipleship. God has given us an awesome group of adolescents who are excited to learn about God and grow in their relationship with God but the adults are a different story. We need your prayers, we need God to work in the hearts of those who have prayed to receive Him as their savior, that they would want to grow in the Lord through discipleship and participating in church.