In the Shelter of the Most High

Posted on: November 19, 2014 Written by
  Picture Praise Photography by: Debbie Eisenhut        

 

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

 

This is a picture of workers at ELWA 2 praying before heading in to take care of Ebola patients.

We taught the workers at ELWA 1, our first Ebola isolation unit, to pray before heading in to care for patients. This practice was continued at ELWA 2. Yes, we all wore PPE but God is our protection.

We prayed for protection for ourselves but also for healing for our patients.

When the burial team came to take a body away we also prayed with them before they entered. I was thrilled to see on the internet a picture of the burial team in downtown Monrovia praying in a circle before going in to take the body out of a private home. They learned that at ELWA!

 

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I am a general surgeon with SIM currently working at Mbingo Baptist Hospital helping with the surgical residency program. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons at 10 sites on the continent is training Christian surgeons to work in Africa. The spiritual training of the residents is as important as the medical education. I feel privileged to be able to be part of this strategic work. My official posting is at ELWA Hospital in Liberia where I still have a home. However, it is not currently possible for me to do surgery there so I have come to Mbingo. I am praying and waiting on the Lord for clarity as to whether I should stay here long-term or whether He will eventually make it possible for me to return to Liberia.

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