Church history records so many men and women who risked their life to bring this message of hope to others. In Romans 16, apostle Paul mentions of his co-workers, Priscilla and Aquilla, couple who risked their necks for Paul and the gospel. Others of whom he tells us that they “labored much”. Some were in jail with him. About young Timothy he writes in Phil.2: 20 “..no one like minded who will sincerely care for your sake”. In verse 27 he writes of Epaphrodites who was sick almost unto death in ministering to Paul. Later Paul writes “..for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life”(v.30). Paul himself tells of his life in Acts 21:13Acts 21:13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
WP-Bible plugin “for I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”. We read of missionaries who left the comfortable lives of the west, who came and worked among the sick and dying.
Even leprosy and small pox patients were cared for and in the process few got the same disease and died. The risk they took, spread the message of the gospel more powerfully than a modern day televangelist who in his comfortable studio or posh pulpit speaking of Jesus’ love and a distorted message of health,wealth and prosperity.
Caring for HIV/AIDS infected and affected people in Christ’s love and compassion, the staff at ACCEPT is taking a measure of risk. In giving them medical care, as in all medical fields, there is some risk involved. A medical doctor or nurse who works with patients all the time has to take some risk. In caring for many of the HIV patients with TB, there is some risk involved. This is the least we can do to bring the most needed message to them. They are people who are looking forward to death with out a cure, mostly young people in the prime of their life. Will you pray for the staff and their protection and that Lords love will channel through them to the desperate ones.
At the same time, where are we today? Aren’t we more concerned about our own comforts? What risk are you taking for the gospel and for others? Let us take risks for eternity.
Raju K Mathew is the founder chairman of ACCEPT