On the final day of our first week teaching at an orphanage/boarding school in SE Asia, I woke up early as usual. I noticed my stomach was bothering me a little bit but I didn’t think it was major. As I took some time to spend with the Lord, receiving from Him, He highlighted this specific verse in my mind from Psalm 41:1-3:
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.”
The pain in my stomach intensified rather quickly. I reluctantly decided to stay in bed, knowing how much fun it was going to be with the children that day. As the morning went on, I felt more and more sick and I was started to feel very dehydrated even though I was drinking a lot. I don’t think I have ever felt that bad in my life. Finally, I made a call and found a hospital that would admit me. My sister, who was also not feeling well, was with me.
After exiting the taxi and getting onto the elevator at the hospital, I told my sister, “Here’s my passport. If I pass out before we get there, please tell them to give me an IV.” Three IV’s and a bunch of tests later, the doctor came in with the diagnosis. He said he was 99% sure I had typhoid fever. I didn’t know how dangerous typhoid fever was. I was provided some medicines and my symptoms began to improve.
At the time, I was unaware how many people die from typhoid fever. Later on I was told by a lady that I was the first person she ever met who had survived it. Another person informed me it that it took him two weeks to recover.
By God’s grace, I was 100% back to normal in three days. God had raised me up from my sick bed. The verse God gave me that morning gave me the strength and faith to know that He was in charge of the situation. I also discovered that the news of my illness had spread. Hundreds of people back in the USA had heard that I had typhoid fever and were praying for me–even unsaved family members were praying for me! It was a neat opportunity for my family to point them Jesus Christ. I thank God that He is in charge of all things and able to guide us and fulfill His purpose even in suffering. Perhaps the Lord allowed me to be sick just to show His miraculous power over disease and to get the attention of many others who needed to know Him who is our Life. I am very humbled and grateful.
Praise the Lord!
Tim lives in sunny south Florida near his family, he is the oldest of two sisters and four brothers. He enjoys going on extensive vacations together with his family and traveling around the world. He is a Florida landscape artist and also helps with the family real estate business managing investment property. God has given him a passion to disciple and edify His children so that everyone may mature into likeness of our wonderful Lord Jesus. He has led the Myanmar team since it began and will be going back to Myanmar this year.