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Hospital Visitation

While saying, “I was sick and you visited Me not,” the thoughts of Jesus would have raced back to the dark and gloomy day when He stood before the chief priest and the governor, wounded, bruised and smitten.  His energy had been already sapped away at the garden of Gethsemane and there He was standing anaemic, worn-out and ‘sick’ after a sleepless night.  His disciples had a good sleep and yet did not visit Him the next day to comfort Him, for fear of persecution.  The one who mustered up all his courage to enter the gates miserably failed to maintain his testimony (Mt 26:69-74).  Jesus’ bowels would have yearned at the thought of the countless sick and suffering who would die without seeing a comforting face amidst the passing crowds or hearing a comforting word in the din of the hospital wards, because He Himself suffered the same fate.  He cannot help but saying, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me” (Mt 25:40).   He knows the value of the precious solacing moments.  We cannot perhaps criticize the disciples who ‘fled’ and ‘denied’ since they had not been empowered then with the Holy Spirit.  But today we have in us the Dynamic Person (Acts 1:8).   “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act” (Prov 3:27).

 

Hospital Visitation is one of the very receptive areas of ministry because there the souls are looking for comfort, help, assurance and counsel.  Many are like the man, dangling at a rope’s end atop a bottomless pit.  Hope lost and fear filled; ready to catch any little string of hope.  Some are encountering the ‘out’ door of the world just awaiting the ‘in’ door of eternity to open, anxious of their fearful fate.  “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  Swing the sickle” and pull them into the bright side (Joel 3:13, 14).  An easy catch!

 

Also it is a rewarding ministry.  There we learn to tell the pure gospel in the simple way.  This field is very easy for women to cover because generally hospitals are located in the heart of a town.  It is quite safe. 

 

Here are a few guidelines to observe in this ministry –

 

  1. 1.      Be positive.  Never discourage a patient even if you know that he has a fatal illness.  Do not frighten him by talking about death.  Encourage him.  Talk about the renewed life on earth; of the healing power of Jesus.  Read out the healing promises from the Bible.  Patients will be psychologically upset at the thought of death within the hospital boundaries.  You can however gradually switch over to tell about the bright eternity and prepare them to meet the Lord.

 

  1. 2.      Be confident. When Jesus said “Go,” He also gave the promise, “Place hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mk 16:18).  Never hesitate to pray for the sick.  Assure God’s healing power and pray.  Give God an opportunity to manifest His power.  Never get discouraged at the results.  Leave the miracle into His hands, believe His promise and keep going.

 

  1. 3.      Be patient.  Sick people are not generally cooperative.  They are nervous and broken down and they often want to relate their illness in all detail.  You should not lose your patience and spill out the gospel and move to the next bed.  “Be patient with the patients,” is a good rule.  Let him know that you care both for his body and soul.  Let him know that you had gone there because you really care for him and not just for a propagation business.  Never hesitate to share his personal problems.  If need be, for deserving cases, you may have to extend some possible financial help also.  Do not hesitate to stoop down to pick up a cup of water for him.  Do not make faces at the foul smell of his ulcer.  That will make him feel uncomfortable.

 

  1. 4.      Obey rules and regulations.  Be careful not to violate hospital rules and regulations.  Go during visiting hours only.  For isolated patients and emergency wards get special permission from the hospital authorities.  Do not hinder the working staff.  There will be no problem in talking to patients during visiting hours.  When there is opposition, be tolerant and forget not your Christian virtues.

 

  1. 5.      Be equipped.  Have with you some good tracts.  Our tract titled, Good News For You, and good tracts on divine healing can be freely used.  Make sure there is a reliable contact address on each tract for any help the patient may need later on.  Going alone may not be advisable but the two-by-two method of Jesus is the best.  All the team members should not crowd into the same ward.  Note down the prayer points and the addresses in a diary or a small notebook. 

 

Sick folks are desperate and they will be ready to do anything for the sake of their health like Naaman of old.  And was he not thoroughly converted just by his healing? (2 Ki 5:9-19).  If the patient is receptive to the gospel, tell him to commit his life to Christ then and there.  You may have to get him to repeat the sinner’s prayer.  Share the news with the believing friends for prayer.  It will be good to introduce the interested patients to the local pastor.

 

Women tend to give many lame excuses when it comes to the question of getting out to tell the gospel.  It is true you should not shirk your domestic responsibilities, but if there is a will, there is always a way.  Dear parents, allow your daughters to be used of God to bring home great blessing.  Husbands, please cooperate!  See what busy David says about his burden for the sick: “Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting” (Psa 35:13).

 

Rejoice at this promise: “The the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For… I was sick and you looked after Me” (Mt 25:34-36).

 


   Address for Correspondence & Contributions:

Lilian Stanley
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
Tel: +91 9843511943
Email: lilianstanley@gmail.com

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