So what happens when God’s people have come together. “…be vigilant, our adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” 1Pet 5:8
I am called to see a teenager that has been stabbed in the head. He is about 18 and has blood all over. His head is wrapped in a cloth. Shirt saturated with blood. He had a 2cm laceration on the back of his head and a knife mark on the exposed skull. He was conscious and had no other apparent injuries.
I go home and am immediately called back, this time urgently. Allah-Hokki (God has given) is at the door. I go to the emergency room.
A 16 year old boy is laying on his back. His right hand is chained to his right leg. He lays on the gurney, thrashing back and forth. His head looks about twice the size of normal, especially the left side. His shirt is covered with blood. I notice blood and fluid draining from his left ear. His head has multiple large hematomas over the left side. As I examine the back he has some large lacerations down to his skull, in these areas the skull seems intact, but based on the liquid, likely CSF, draining from his right ear, he likely has a basilar skull fracture. Some hematomas are present on his arms but I can’t palpate any fractures. I start Mannitol and antibiotics and he heads to the dressing room to get his head sewn up.
I find out from two of our nurses what happened.
Another mission to the north of us, was having a baptism. Apparently this nomadic kid was drunk and was drawn to the sound of the gathering for the baptism. I’m not sure what got him upset but he stabbed one of the church youth in the chest. This youth spit up blood and died on the spot. Then he stabbed the previous kid in the head. The population then chased the boy and caught him when he fell down in the dry river bed. They beat him with clubs and stones. When they thought he would die they drug him back beside the other cadaver. Someone realized he might make it so they took a huge stone and slammed it on his head. Eventually the military came and shipped him to the hospital in the back of a small truck.
The devil is “devouring” many people! He has taken control of some, creating havoc for others. Even now it is not over, now is the talk. “See what this type of Christian does.” “Did you hear about what happened in …village? And they were … Christians!”
As Christians we are far from perfect! I thank God it does not require my perfection to be saved. See John 3:16; I must only believe, for Christ has already paid the penalty of my sin, and yours! PRAISE HIM! Greg