At dawn, Jesus went out to them walking on the lake while their boat was being tossed against by the wind. Jesus said, “Take courage. It is I, do not be afraid” He reached for Peter to join him n the water but Peter got scared of the wind and began to sink. Jesus reached out to him and save him and said “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” -Matthew 23-30
Christmas is a time to celebrate, to thank God and to remember the birth of Jesus Christ.
As I was contemplating on the difficulties and struggles that Mary and Joseph had to go through, in her condition, in such a very uncomfortable situation and at a very unstable time. Escaping and running away from tyranny, seeking a place for refuge, to save the life of Baby Jesus from those who want to kill Him and to give birth in a lowly stable because no one offered a place. It was a very critical and uncertain situation, yet they persisted because angels came to guide them.
Wasn’t it just 3 months ago, when I have to postpone my end-term itineration to US churches, because our family experienced a health crisis, when Benjamin’s health, in a matter of week, gave way due to a grave heart problem issues. His weight went from 68 kilos to 55 kilos in 2 weeks. The hospital gave up and said the only recommendation was to bring him to another country for an ICD implant. His heart eject fraction went down to 19%. So even the thought of flying was also life threatening for him. We thought we were stranded. My fear was: it was the end of the road for us. I cried to God if this is His will, but He said no, it is not in His plan because angels came to help and guide us. It took us a month coming in and out of the hospital to realize that his weak heart and his mind played together to break him. Too much fear causes anxiety attacks. We need to calm him down so he can travel. And exactly after a month frequenting the hospital with tests, laboratories, monitoring and psychologist visits we were able to fly to Philippines.
Another month in a recommended hospital, a well-recommended cardiologist, by another angel, he’d finally convinced to undergo angioplasty and not an expensive implant. Many angels prayed for him. Three blockage on his arteries was cleared with 2 stents and now we’re onto recovery, slowly but surely. He is getting better everyday, he is eating well and gaining weight. Now we’re back to Cambodia and I’m back at work.
Surely, God never left us and sent His angels to help us. A miracle of healing.
As in Matthew 23-30, Jesus did not stop the strong winds in our lives. He allowed us to be tossed and turned but He is always there telling us to take courage and not to be afraid because He will always reach out to us every time we need Him.
From August 2017 -hospitalized in Cambodia, travel to Philippines, a one-month hospitalization in Philippines and onto recovery and travel back to Phnom Penh in November.
Our deepest thanks to all who continue to pray for us. I can’t thank you enough.
To God be the glory!!!
CONNECT YOUR PASSION WITH GOD’S MISSION.
On November 28, 2017, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday.
Please support our programs in Cambodia,
Cambodia Mission Initiative 00230A – Where we support various programs, like Pastor’s Salary support, Church and facilities development like retreat centers and dormitories.
Helen de Leon Camarce – Missionary Advance # 13953Z.
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