Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's in the bag?

Sometimes Chad comes home from flying with some interesting stories.  Last Monday he came home with this video of Omene....




The reason I'm sharing this video with you isn't because it's cool to show pictures of an anaconda.  No, I would like to share with you what God has done in Omene's life since this video was recorded a week ago.

When Chad was in the community Omene came and said they had caught an anaconda trying to steal their chickens.  He wanted to know if Chad wanted to see it.  While he was showing him his "prize" he also told Chad that his side was hurting.  The week before he had fallen from a bridge and Chad told him he had probably broken a rib.  Chad promised to send some medicine back to him.  (Omene lives in the jungle where there isn't a doctor or pharmacy.)   That was Monday.

On Thursday we were visiting Dixi in the hospital and walked by the ICU room (it has a large picture window so the nurses can watch whoever is in the room) many times as we took Dixi outside for some air.   We noticed that there was a new patient in the room that looked extremely bad, but didn't think much more of it.  As we were leaving, I told Chad that the man looked like he was Waorani.  Chad looked more closely and realized it was Omene!  He had all kinds of tubes and machines hooked up to him and was hard to recognize.

It turned out that his pain kept getting worse so he asked for a flight out - still thinking the whole time that it was just his ribs.  By the time he got to the hospital he was almost dead.  When he fell he lacerated his liver, which then began filling with blood until it couldn't hold anymore.  He had to have two surgeries to repair his liver and to our surprise we found him sitting in a chair without any machines attached on Sunday!  The doctors say it's a miracle.  They said that if it would've been you or I and not a strong indigenous man, we would be dead!  It's amazing that he flew out just in time.  God's protection couldn't be more obvious.

Omene is a believer and knows the power of God....especially now!  Do you?

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