From Lyuda (Day 330): Dear brothers and sister,
We were woken up early this morning by the sound of the siren today. In the news we read that there was a threat of ballistic missile from the black sea. It did not happen and we can start our day with a hope that it will be quiet.
I want to write about one of the ministries of our church – medical ministry. More than 25 years ago a Christian Medical Clinic was organized in our town which has been a blessing for many people.
My husband Sergey who had been a doctor before he became a pastor, always dreamed of a medical ministry. Actually he had that dream from his childhood. He was often sick and spent much time in the hospital. After school he entered medical university and dreamed to be a family practitioner. But in the Soviet Union people didn’t have much choice, the governmental officials decided for us what we should do and university graduates were sent to the places where they had to work. Sergey was given a specialty of a pathologist which he didn’t like, and he had to say good bye to his dream of working with alive people. But God had a wonderful plan for him when He called him for ministry. One of the first ideas of the ministry of our young church was serving physical needs of people. When we started praying about it God brought doctors to our church. One of them was a young lady who in spite of her young age and small experience was very organized, keen on learning new things and very enthusiastic. It was Dr. Anya who soon became the chief doctor of the clinic.
From the first day our medical clinic became very popular and many people from our town and the areas around began to visit our doctors. Our clinic stands out of all other medical institutions in our area, because the doctors care not only about the body but also about the souls of their patients.
Before the war many different specialists worked at the clinic: a general physician, a pediatrician, a neurologist, a gynecologist, a surgeon, dentists, dental technicians, a psychologist. There was also a laboratory, an ultra-sound examination room, a pharmacy and a procedure-room. Every working day at the clinic started with a joined prayer of the staff. Many patients of the clinic came to know the Lord through our clinic and joined our church and other churches.
Many things changed when the war started last February. Dr Anya and doctor’s assistant Lena joined the army and are serving in a medical unit now. Our gynecologist Dr. Yelena, went to help defense center, our surgeon became very busy at the town hospital. It was strange to see our clinic empty during the first month of the war. And the doctors who still worked did not have many patients. But very soon the clinic became busy again. When the refugees began to come to our town we invited people to stay in the guest rooms of the clinic. Victor Lukoshkin, the director of the clinic, worked hard to make some changes and improve some things for comfortable stay of the people.
Svetlana, the receptionist, became like a mother for people who lost their homes and left their cities. Now the refugees who live at the clinic became one big family. Many of them attend our church and work as volunteers. They help with cleaning, take care of the plants and do many other things to help the work of the doctors in the clinic. We have a good cooperation of our counseling center with the clinic. Our counselor Tanya has an office in the clinic and she does counseling there.
We want to thank you for supporting this ministry. We all work to bring glory to the Lord.