Shining God's Light in Dark Places

March 6, 2018 • Bangladesh
Many of the Rohingya patients we treat at Memorial Christian Hospital are children injured during their escape from Myanmar.
Melanie Wubs is a Disaster Assistance Response Team nurse. She recently served with Samaritan’s Purse in Bangladesh and cared for Rohingya surgical and diphtheria patients.

Serving the Rohingya people in Bangladesh with Samaritan’s Purse has showed me how much God cares about us and wants us to know Him.

Of all the people I served at Memorial Christian Hospital’s Rohingya Care Unit, 17-year-old Ramjan and his father, Abdur, are the most memorable. Ramjan had debilitating cerebral palsy, so Abdur had to carry him from their home in Myanmar to the refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Ramjan had broken his leg during a fall at the refugee camp. After surgery, Ramjan and his father stayed at the hospital for more than a month.

Nurse Melanie

Melanie Wubs, middle, worked hard in Jesus’ Name.

Abdur rarely left Ramjan’s side as he recovered. Ramjan was often restless and would get very upset about having to lie in a bed all day, every day.

But no matter how upset Ramjan would become, Abdur calmly served his son whose only way to express himself was through loud crying or frustrated grunts. Abdur would comfort him when he was scared or in pain, he would gently bathe him, and he would interpret Ramjan’s sounds so we’d know what he needed.

I learned so many lessons from watching this father—who had just left his country, witnessed trauma, lost his home, and left his other children in the camp—yet had so much love for his son. I was reminded of our Heavenly Father who cares so deeply for us.

He knows our needs before we speak them and in the times we have no words to express our needs. He never leaves our side.

I became a nurse for these moments—opportunities to be closely involved in the lives of people. I know I’m also in this line of work because God has specific things He wants me to know about Him. To know just how much He cares for His children. During this deployment with Samaritan’s Purse, He showed me what lengths He would go in order to draw people like the Rohingya to Himself.

In God’s perfect plan He not only provided for the medical needs of the Rohingya, but He also opened an amazing opportunity for them to hear the Name of Jesus from people who genuinely cared about their physical and spiritual condition.

On the day Ramjan and Abdur left Memorial Christian Hospital to return to the camps, I also left to serve at the Samaritan’s Purse diphtheria clinic we were starting in the largest refugee camp. I left with the overwhelming sense of God’s purpose even during the darkest times.