In September of 2003 I visited Saki, Crimea.
At the time, I was still green as a missionary, but hungry to open new doors. I thought that God would open a door in Saki. He did, but not the door that I had assumed, and not in the time period that I wanted. I was thinking that I would become involved in some type of ministry there, as a third outreach.
While I was there, I met an eight year old little boy who was walking on his ankle. I recently learned that it was due to an error in surgery when he was an infant. A nerve had been cut, leaving the related muscles without control, causing the opposing muscles to pull his foot to one side.
Now, after six years of growing in my mission, I will return with some possible solutions for this little fellow. I had originally envisioned that Jesus would heal his foot in a miraculous situation. I still look for that to happen, but I have learned that Jesus heals in many different ways, with many different formats. Jesus created everything, so all forms of medical treatment are a part of His creation. How He will choose to heal, and how long the process will take, can be different in every case.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been thinking about all of the possibilities that could develop during my visit. When I begin to think of all of the negative possibilities, I tend to become discouraged. My mission, all of it, is bigger than me. I have to always remember that. With all that is going on in this world, it is easy to lose my focus. I think the song that says it all is titled, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus. So that is what I have to do.
I dream for the big miracle for this little fellow, but it isn’t up to me. When I get back to Illichevsk, I’ll post the results. I’ll be tweetin’ all about it probably in the middle of September, so stay tuned.