Celebrate God All Day Every Day

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Philippians 4:4-13 We all face problems every day that tend to discourage us. Sometimes in my dental practice a crown doesn’t fit and I have to do it over. My wife forgets to take the cookies out of the oven and they burn. When we get back to the parking lot we find that our car door has been nicked. A broken appointment wastes hours of our carefully planned schedule. That stupid driver ahead of us insists on …

Jesus Brings Us All Together

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Ephesians 2:14-18 David Kijo came from Tanzania to study graduate theology in Seoul, Korea. We invited him to come to our hospital for free dental treatment, and we asked him to tell about needs in his home country. One morning while David was participating in worship at the hospital, he touched us by sharing an experience he had in Seoul. He was waiting for a bus back to his dormitory when two girls tried to pull him away. …

My Heart is Ready Now

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Proverbs 2:1-11 “I don’t know why I had to come to Korea,” Sandra complained. She was from Indonesia and was headed for the U.S. to study orthodontics on a mission scholarship. But she had been told first to improve her English and dental skills in our hospital in Korea. She was very sharp, learned quickly and was a big help to us. Even though Sandra was Indonesian she had experienced discrimination in her own country because of her …

Miracles Still Happen!

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : John 14:8-14 Our team had been extracting aching teeth in a country church. Late in the afternoon a farmer came in with his jaw locked shut from an infected wisdom tooth. He needed to go to the hospital and receive antibiotics. But he felt that there was no way he could afford the time or the money. As I injected the local anesthetic I could hardly see what I was doing. The sun was setting and our only …

He Sent His Child to Jesus

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : John 14:1-7 The mission chapel was packed with Koreans and Americans standing side by side for the funeral of our hospital director’s six-year-old son. Little Philip had drowned in a strong tide in the Yellow Sea. It was hard to hold back our tears as we tried to sing a special song for the service. And it was hard when we all gathered at the hilltop graveyard. But Philip’s father was calm as he committed Philip into God’s …

Better Than Pretense

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Romans 10:8-13 Our hospital required all staff to be baptized Christians, which sometimes caused problems. It turned out that some doctors even purchased baptismal certificates in order to be chosen as interns. But fortunately through daily chapel, Bible study and working with Christian staff many of them were drawn to a genuine faith in Christ. Dr. Yang was one of these. He and his wife began to attend church and study the Bible. They got to know some …