… it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.Philippians 2: 13
After working late in an Indonesian trouble spot with an overseas woman doctor, our taxi was stopped by a troop of soldiers who threatened to seize us, but God helped us in his wonderful way and they let us go. I have found the truth of his word which says, ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him … He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.’ (Psalm 91: 14–15) That psalm particularly helped when caught in the midst of fighting between two national parties. At the time, I was working both in a refugee camp and at my office base, but as the conflict lay between the two places I was advised to stay on call at home. Yet, as a doctor, how could I stay at home whilst others were being badly injured? I knew this thought came from God, so I obtained permission to work in a hospital nearby and, with two other medical volunteers, set off to walk there, despite the gunfire. We took a stretcher and later borrowed an ambulance, very conscious of God’s prompting and protection. We were greeted with much excitement at the hospital as they were so short of medical staff. As routine commitments had been cancelled because of the conflict, I could complete my contract whilst still doing this work. God proved his power and saved me from any danger. In all these things God has comforted and strengthened me. Praise the Lord! – and give honour only to him.
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