(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
A hospital representative called to say that they were cleaning a closet in a closed orthopedic office and wondered if Mission Central could use a box of human bones.
My first thought was, what will Mission Central do with a skeleton? But, during the conversation, I came to understand that these were bone fragments used for bone grafts and implants. While medically valuable – if we didn’t take them – they were going in the dumpster!
Still baffled as to what we might do with them, I contacted our Conference representative for Ludhiana Medical College in India, Rev. Roberta Jones and asked for guidance. She affirmed that the bones could be used in India and in fact, she would send them with someone heading to Ludhiana in a few weeks. The box was marked “Bobbi’s Bones” and placed in the Conference Office for her.
Weeks went by and the bones were forgotten. One Friday, we received a call from a man with an Indian accent telling us he was a surgeon at the Ludhiana Hospital. He had just been in surgery and used one of the bone segments to save a man’s leg. He wanted to say “thank you” because without the bone segment, he would have had to amputate the man’s leg.
PRAYER: Lord of all, help us not to be afraid of the unknown. You, as the Master of creation, have a plan for all of Your children, regardless of where they might live on this planet. Help me to trust that You love and care for me, as well as all of human kind. AMEN
(Harry Overholtzer—Executive Director of Mission Central 2002-2008)
September 9, 2015: Mission Central Helps Save a Man’s Leg (downloadable pdf)