Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His
appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin Who
knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Damien was a Belgian missionary to Hawaii who planted churches on the island of
Molokai over 150 years ago. He planted
several churches on the main part of the island.
he planted one church on a remote part of the island, accessible only by
jumping from an almost sheer cliff or by boating across the open ocean. On that almost deserted peninsula was a leper
colony, populated by diseased men and women who had been banished from their
homes and society.
Damien felt the call of God to serve these outcasts of society. With his own hands, he built a church for
them and helped them create a society for themselves – even helping them build
houses. He lived among
them, serving them any way he could.
Damien lived among the lepers for fifteen years. One day, when cooking a meal, he spilled
boiling water on his foot, only to realize he felt no pain. He purposely poured more boiling water on his
foot, but, again, he felt nothing. This
could only mean that he, too, had leprosy.
Sunday, Father Damien abandoned his normal greeting of “My fellow believers”. From that point on, he addressed his friends
as “My fellow lepers.” He had in every
way become one of them, even sharing in their greatest pain.
As you consider the
temptations, trials, and tests you are facing today, bring them to Jesus. He identifies with your hardship and
suffering and He cares for you!
Have a great
day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 01/21/2015
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under