What is That in Your Hand?

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Exodus 4:1-5 While visiting our home in Korea a group of dentists’ wives asked my wife Ruth if there was something they could do together while looking after their children. Ruth happened to have some knitting needles in her hand and thought of God’s question to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” So she offered to start a knitting club. For a number of years Ruth shared our home and enjoyed fellowship with many Korean ladies because …

Hands Tell The Story

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : John 20:24-28 Koyama, a Japanese missionary, was on his way to Europe. While visiting a Buddhist temple on a stop-over in Bangkok he noticed webbing between the fingers of a large statue of Buddha. He asked a monk what that meant. The monk replied that all who come to Buddha are welcome; none slip through his fingers. Later, at Lenin’s tomb in Moscow he was impressed by Lenin’s closed fist pressed against his chest. Koyama realized that Communists …

To Win As Many As Possible

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Deacon Lee was a loud, rather abrasive male orderly at our hospital. But he had deep faith and a great burden for Koreans who did not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He gave up every weekend to evangelize and start churches in nearby villages. If he discovered that we had American guests, he would often stop by and propose a project to start another village church. One village needed foot-powered rice threshers. Another …

Being a "Little Jesus"

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : John 15:1-8 Almost every day during our hospital chapel service someone would pray that we might be a “little Jesus” to each patient. But it seems impossible for us to consistently love every needy person as Jesus did. When people were rude, spiteful or abusive Jesus was full of grace. But his disciples, like us, were sometimes annoyed or vengeful. “Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” “People were bringing little children …

A Healing Word, a Tender Embrace

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 During a visit to Seoul we stayed for several days with Dr. Yoon and his wife Dukshin. One afternoon Dukshin shared a wrenching story that had divided her family and hurt them enormously. Dukshin’s oldest sister, who had been very depressed, committed suicide, leaving her husband and a teen-aged daughter. Their minister stated the Korean church’s view in stern words: suicide sends a person straight to hell. Therefore, this woman could not be given a …

Sorrow Turns to Joy

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 31:12-13 When no one would even touch a “leper,” missionaries founded a large leprosy colony and rehabilitation hospital on the coast of South Korea. Now, at a farewell worship for the hospital director the colony harmonica band was playing a lively hymn. Scarred faces, sightless eyes, missing fingers and toes-it made no difference at all as they made beautiful music, praising the Lord and expressing thanks to the doctor and his family who had given them such …