Last June, I went to CC in northeast China with a few members of our short term service trip (STST) members and YY, a local field worker, to visit a paralyzed woman GW. YY was shocked when she first saw the woman. She recounts —
“When we were at her house, there was a very strong stinky odor. I tried to hold my breath but could only hold it a short time. Then we went into GW’s bedroom. The smell there was much stronger. Her bedroom was messy. There was a table on the left side of the door and a television on the table. GW’s bed was near a window. There was stuff on the bedside such as adult diapers, pillows, clothes, etc. She was lying flat on her back with her knees angled to the rights; and she looked weak. Her body was only covered with a quilt. She didn’t have any reaction when we first talked to her. Then her sister communicated with her and asked if she was willing to let us check her physical/health condition. I was shocked when we opened the quilt. Her legs were deformed and had degenerated and there were pock marks along her legs. Her mattress looked wet and I didn’t know whether she could feel it or not. There was a hole in the mattress for waste products to drop into a bucket. The bed had rusty adjustment cranks and was in poor condition. It was old; it had belonged to her mother. GW had been lying on a thin, firm vinyl-covered mattress 24 hours a days/7 days a week for over 12 years. Her skin integrity, skeletal alignment and overall condition were getting progressively worse. GW responded to touch as Tina massaged her face, neck, shoulders and arms. Sister Eng taught GW and her sister simple upper extremity stretches to maintain the use of her arms and hands.”
In October, sister Tso, YY and I returned to CC. We visited the children in the autism center as well as the paralyzed woman. When we entered GW’s house, its smell was not as strong as before. At first, GW was not willing to let us check her physical condition. However, she started to open her heart and let us help her when we told her the purpose of our visit –sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Sister Tso took out a book of hymns and we sang together. After sharing the Gospel with her and singing with her sister, both she and her older sister (who cares for her in their home) accepted our offer for a new bed. With money from two generous donors, a new hospital bed and a hospital-standard air mattress with an electric pump and elimination square were arranged for delivery and set up in late November. After asking the older sister what could be of help to her, she said she would love visitations from Christians for prayer, conversation, and singing hymns.
The Lord gave me a broader picture of and a greater heart for the needs, hopes and dreams of young and old on the other side of the world. I looked at the faces of beautiful children and listened to their loving parents who desperately sought and received hope and help. We were able to share Christ with and help a woman who has been paralyzed and not able to see a doctor for over 12 years. God’s still small voice brought me back to China in October and I had a memorable and rewarding experience. I will return this year to share God’s love, care and compassion. Will you join me? You don’t need special skills – just a heart that wants to serve the Lord. He will help us to help others.