Jesus had a great compassion for the needs of the sick, especially their spiritual needs. He said "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Luke 5:31). Jesus “came not to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). One of his greatest cares was the sick. He healed a woman who had a bleeding issues for 12 years (Matt. 9:20-22), a crippled man (Mark 2:9-12), ten lepers (Luke 17:12-16), and a blind man at the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). In fact, his care for the sick was such that in every town and village Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease (Matt. 9:35).
How important is our care for the sick? Jesus said that doing good works for the sick is doing good works to Christ himself (Matt. 25:44). Like the Good Samaritan we are blessed with opportunities from time to time to help the sick. This week such an opportunity came our way.
A dear brother and friend approached me about an orphan named Sunkua Gamsua. Niipaak Laar is a preacher in Saboba, a valiant soldier of the cross. He is not a shyster who seeks funds at every turn to pad his own wallet. I know and have worked with him personally. Niipaak speaks five or more languages and has been instrumental in the beginning and development of dozens of congregations. He’s been there when hundreds were baptized. He is certainly about his Father’s business.
Below are graphic photos of Sunkau Gamsua. Sunkua is an orphan who lost his father when he was young. He is one of five children. The grandmother who took care of him herself couldn’t walk. She died last year. For some time, he had nowhere to live but Niipaak helped arrange for housing this year. Some twelve years ago an ulceration developed on one leg and eventually spread to the other leg. The doctors say amputation is what is most needed for this chronic ulceration that has gone down to the bone.
Niipaak came to know Sunkua in 2008 and started helping his family in terms of their eating, education, and health, especially this boy. You see West Africa is not like American in so many ways. Sunkua doesn’t have the social support of county, state and federal agencies to call on for help. I know about their plight first-hand. We’ve visited the leper colonies and given them aid. We’ve help drill water wells to provide clean drinking water where they won’t contract cholera that can be fatal. We’ve seen the maimed and crippled drag their broken bodies in the dirt in the poor villages. We’ve attended the funeral of man who died when the hospital was on strike. We are so blessed.
Traditionally, in American this is a time when we give thanks. In Christ God has done so much more than we ask or think (cf. Eph. 3:20). Perhaps your heart will be moved to help. Niipaak has been helping with his health expenses for three years now. We could certainly help him. Pray for Sunkua and Niipaak.
The bible says we must do good to everyone, especially those of the household of faith (Gal. 6:9-10). The widow gave out of her poverty, perhaps we can give out of our abundance (Mark 12:44). Let us not have hearts that say be warmed and filled (James 2:16). The doctors want to amputate, but the funds aren’t there. The cost of the surgery is approximately $750. He’ll likely need therapy, prosthetics or a dependable wheel chair. Maybe we could raise $1,000.
Would you stop right now and pray that God will provide for Sunkua? Maybe you can help out of your abundance. If you would be interested in giving, please make your check to the Okeechobee church of Christ and in the memo write “Sunkua.” We will be wiring our gift soon. Thank you for your consideration.
2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.