I released the scrolls to the world. The effect they have had on their readers has been beyond anything I imagined. Benjamin’s prayers have been answered over and over again.
And now, as I sit in this steamy, dark night in the jungle hospital where I have spent many years, and as I realise that my own journey on this earth is drawing to a close, my heart still sings a song of praise.
I have often chuckled at the dream I had of having a lucrative medical practice, somewhere in the countryside in England, as I compare that dream with the reality of working as a doctor in one of the most inaccessible places in the world. I remember wondering if miracles of healing happen with no help from medical science today, and I can answer my own question now. Yes, they do – every day. I have lost count of the miracles I have seen where people with impossible illnesses are healed in ways that medicine cannot explain. Often, when such a healing happens, people turn to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
My yearning for a wonderful wife was fulfilled when I met Barbara, who has been my partner in life and in ministry for many years. She shines with love for Jesus and together we have served him and witnessed his love to the local people who have become our friends. But the years practicing medicine in this hot, humid environment has taken its toll on both of us, and it is time to return to the cooler climate that England offers. My heart aches at the thought of saying goodbye to everyone we love here, but once again I know the peace of Jesus Christ; and I believe that his work will be carried on by others in this place.
My prayer, in these last days, is for one person only, and that person is you. May these stories have touched and changed you in a unique way and may you rejoice with me, with a new song in your heart, as we love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Your journey may go on beyond mine – but persevere and rejoice in your salvation so that you too can say, ‘I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race. I have kept the faith’.