At the end of 2012, there was a lot happening in my life. I remember going to my hairdresser with a pain at the side. I have experienced such pains before, and usually I would have a cup of hot tea and lie down on my stomach. While I was having my hair done, I told my hairdresser about the pain and how I had not opened my bowels for about 3 days. Even though I mentioned it, I still did not think much into it.

That night when I went home, I went straight to bed. Yet the pain persisted until I could not bear it anymore; I was moaning in pain and agony. I asked my younger sister to call for an ambulance, and was immediately taken to the hospital. I was told that it was gastro, and I was discharged the next day. However, the pain persisted and I got worse the next day, vomiting and having excess pain. The ambulance took me to the hospital a second time, and I saw three doctors before my family or I knew what was wrong. The last doctor told me that I had a distended and obstructed bowel, and she sent me over to the Emergency department. As it was considered an emergency case by then, they did tests and x-rays no sooner than I had arrived, and they confirmed what the doctor had reported.

I was admitted on Saturday and was told that I needed an emergency surgery the next day, as the complication was very bad. It was frightening and scary, as the doctors did not know what would come out of it. During that time, it made me appreciate my church community, friendship and love so much more. Most importantly, I truly experienced that God was my ANCHOR. There was never a dull moment in my hospital admission. Praise God that my operation was successful, and I was still able to have my large intestines and bowel functioning as God had created. What’s more, the many people from church who visited me and how they showed me love, care and compassion amazed the other patients. The prayers from my family, church and my life group members helped me through this very difficult time.

God went far beyond. Not only did I not pay for any hospital bills (operation, hospital stay, medication, etc), one of the patients whom I met at the hospital started coming to our church and eventually brought the whole family! God is indeed great, and His ways are beyond ours. Romans 8:28 was truly and will always be alive!

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Jessy Ngoma
Degree in Nursing

Elevate W4, Willawong Service