While visiting the Arunima Hospice for people with HIV/AIDS, one of our participants, Anindya, became very sick. She needed time to recuperate before the one-hour congested traffic travel back to our lodging, so Mariah and I stayed with her.
The hospice was incredible! The staff, volunteers and children poured their love and care to nurse Anindya back to health. They set up a bed for Anindya and brought her medicine and bottled water. People walked in to check on her, some speaking Bengali and others being silent. Despite our inability to fully communicate, they all served as a ministry of healing presence.
While Anindya rested, Mariah and I swatted the many mosquitoes swirling around that tried to bite Anindya and the both of us. We were so grateful that we were taking our malaria pills! We were also visited by several mice that crawled in the edges of the room. Mariah and I shrieked, and we prayed that Anindya would hurry up and get better so we could go back to our lodging.
When Anindya got well enough to travel, she thanked the hospice administrator for his and the organization’s help. He replied, “No…. thank you! You gave us the opportunity to serve you!” We were humbled. All three of us got to experience this group’s ministry and love in action.
The hospice sent the three of us back to our lodging in an ambulance they owned and bought from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
I am grateful to report that Anindya is feeling much better. Through this whole experience, we recognize the blessing bestowed upon us, and how wonderful it is to know and experience God’s presence.
– 01/17 Joselito, student