Saturday, December 15, 2007

Timmybomb: Super Saint!

Thanks for all your comments! I know you don't always have anything specific to say in response to our blog, but it's nice to get a sample of who's reading from time to time.

A couple days ago I mentioned that we were able to give away our old fridge. I learned yesterday that it had a bigger impact than we imagined. We gave the fridge to Jenn and Joe's helper, Elsa. Elsa lives in a poor community near the beach. I could tell you some super spiritual version of this story, and talk about how the Lord suddenly spoke to me and told me to give her the fridge. I could tell you that, but it would be a lie.

It went down like this: I was trying to figure out how to get rid of this stupid appliance that I no longer wanted. I asked Joe if he could ask his helper where I might be able to sell it for a few pesos. When he talked to her about it, she expressed an interest in buying it. I went to Joe's house for lunch that day and she asked me about buying it, and how much I would charge her for it. If you can believe it, I actually spent a minute thinking about that! What a schmuck...I considered taking money from this poor woman.

Anyway, after being an idiot for a moment, I suddenly came to my senses. I told her "Merry Christmas, we will give you the fridge." I'm such a saint...sometimes I even amaze myself. Joe and I threw the fridge in the back of the truck (I love my truck) and delivered it to her house that afternoon. She seemed very very happy to receive it, and her husband seemed to be pretty pleased too, though with his limited English all he could say was "Merry Christmas". I was just as happy to be rid of the thing as they were to receive it.

And now for the rest of the story. Elsa's husband (I think his name is Dodong) was one of Mordegai's patients. Many years ago he got a terrible infection in his toe that spread up his leg. Eventually Mordegai had to amputate Dodong's leg. Since then, he has sunken into depression and turned to drinking. It is my understanding that he is very difficult to live with. When Joe and I dropped off the fridge on Thursday, Joe commented that he had never seen Dodong in such a good mood.

When Elsa came to work on Friday, she kept telling Joe how blessed she was by the fridge. Joe says she was almost crying about it. Joe couldn't figure out what the big deal was, but Elsa soon explained her elation. Dodong has decided he is going to make ice in the freezer and sell it. He is very excited about the possibility of having his own small business.

As Joe related this to me later, I again demonstrated my incredible ability to miss the point. I immediately began crunching the numbers. Could you really make enough income with ice sales in a poor community to offset the cost of the electricity and your time? I'm such a putz. It's got nothing to do with how viable such a business idea is. The point is this: Dodong has a new-found purpose. He has an idea he's excited about. He's going to spend his days making and selling ice.

The Lord used our old refrigerator with broken shelves to bring hope to a family. It's rather humbling when I think about it. Bethany and I are so blessed to be used in God's big plan. Even if we don't realize our role at the time.

I don't have a photo of the fridge delivery, so I'll include a pic of Bethany's most recent delivery, her eighth. This is Kyla. Weighing in at 8lb 4oz, she's a chunk. She was sucking her thumb so much in the womb that she got blisters on her thumb. She was sucking her thumb again as soon as she got the chance after the delivery. Despite the momma having a serious urinary tract infection and a host of other issues, she delivered her healthy baby at Mercy under Bethany's care. She's enjoying putting into practice everything she is learning and just finished her last assignment for 2007! She is excited to have a slight break in the paperwork....the exam is on Thursday, so you can be praying for her.

Many blessings to you all this Christmas season!



Anonymous said...

Wow! God is so fun! I believe there will be even more to that story later on, Tim. I love what God is showing you and how you are hearing His voice. The pictures of Bethany with the new delivery are wonderful. Wish I had copies of every blog. Keep up the good work.

Heidi said...

I LOVE IT!! I love that you are so honest that when you recount the real story it helps the rest of us see how God really uses people - in spite of our own understanding! You have said yes to God, that's all He needs - He doesn't need you to understand how He will use you - He just uses you because you said yes - i like it! I also wanted to make mention of how impressed I am in your development of comfort in being a midwife's husband - i couldn't believe you were writing about some lady having a urinary tract infection! Wow that is progress from "we won't be talking about anything that belongs under pants!"
Bethany - you are fab! i hear that you get busier and busier with every baby you deliver. those women are so blessed to have you and i know that you are more of a blessing than you will ever know.
Missing you guys and looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Much love

heather said...

Fantastic story, Tim! Thanks for sharing! It IS neat to see how God is using you guys in his bigger plan and it reminds me to stay open to whatever God would have me do.

B: you look so natural holding those babies.

can't wait to see you guys!

Anonymous said...

Again you amaze me as to how you are bringing such Glory to God and how you love the people God has given you to minister to. What you are doing right now is as important to God as the biggest or most excellent concert or worship service you have ever led. You are being used in a new and different way to be His Hand Extended. You Please Him . Us too. Dad Mcclellan

Kate said...

Tim and Bethany
I love your stories! Your humor makes me smile and your depth and humility continues to inspire me!
Looking forward to seeing you in 2008!
Only 6 days til Christmas, love Kate
(I am hoping to start to comment, as much as I've been reading, I might finally be figuring out this computer thing!)

Kris MacQueen said...

Tim, you're a fantastic writer. It great to get a sense of what's going on. Cheers (and save this stuff for the book you should write about the crazy adventure you're on).