A couple of years ago one of our new Burmese arrivals stepped out of her house, slid on  some ice, fell and broke her hip.  The surgeons at the hospital determined she needed a hip replacement.   So they operated, mended her leg and released her from the hospital.  When they were getting ready to send her home the doctor told her that with regular physical therapy she would be walking normally in about six weeks.

With the language difficulties the husband and wife misunderstood and thought it would be six years before she would be okay.   At the same time one of our American ladies had had hip surgery and sure enough she was in great condition after a couple of months.    It seemed like our Burmese lady was not making any progress, had not been in to see a therapist regularly and continued to use a walker for three months.   Finally with a good translator we told her about the American lady, who she knew, and said it should be only six weeks before she was restored.    When she and her husband understood this, she began regular therapy, and made excellent progress to restoration.   (By the way the therapist who finally intervened was Patti Haley).

“Six years” made the situation seem hopeless to this couple but “six weeks” become something they could work on with hope.   Because of their perspective they found healing.

About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on July 11, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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