What a day of celebration we had for the His House of Hope Hospital Grand Opening! The special event took place on Saturday, April 27th.
At the opening we were blessed to be able to feed about 1,000 people! Our team of staff did a great job preparing for this event. Bishop Elias arranged for officials to come from Juba. Our guest speaker was Lawrence Korbandy from Human Rights.
It took us weeks to prepare for this opening. We freshened everything with a fresh coat of paint, did some landscaping and once we were done, the place looked great. The commissioner spoke highly of Harvesters and all that is being done for the Republic of South Sudan. Amazing work is being done and all of it is for the Glory of God!
I am reminded of the encouraging testimonies just a few weeks previous. There were about five people who gave testimonies and they all mentioned the new hospital as they shared about what God had done in their lives. We give God all the glory for this.
When I think back to what was here when God first brought us to Sudan way back in 2001, I am greatly humbled by what He has accomplished. What was at one time just raw bush land has been transformed into a campus containing an orphanage, school, beginnings of a vocational center, living quarters, guest houses, staff and support buildings and a hospital…all with a single purpose: to give hope to the hopeless.
For those who have been a part of the journey of Harvesters for the past decade or so, you can appreciate the sheer joy Dennis and I feel when we think about the lives being saved and the treatments being given to mothers and children that in the past would have surely suffered greatly or even died.
I am reminded of the passage in Romans 15:13, the words are actually written across the wall outside of His House of Hope. It is a message of hope for everyone who walks through those doors. In the passage Paul writes, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. I pray these words of truth speak to each of our patients as they speak to me. I am filled with joy at what God has accomplished. I am filled with peace knowing we are in His hands. I abound in hope knowing He holds the future.
On such a momentous day, mixed with the joy, it is hard to not feel slightly overwhelmed as well. In a region that has experienced and continues to experience such profound hardship, we are so thankful for the ministry of His House of Hope Hospital yet we know so much hardship and suffering remains. At these moments, we find hope in the words of the Apostle John in Revelation 21:1-5 where he describes a new world, one devoid of pain and suffering. He writes, “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
What joy that day will be! Until that day comes, we at Harvesters, through the orphanage, school and now His House of Hope Hospital will continue to share the hope found only in Jesus as we wait for His return.
From the hearts of Mama Lilly, Dennis and Caleb