At work a couple of weeks ago, I met a man who works with Christians in the Middle East. He is training leaders who are taking on the challenge of leading small house churches in a nation that is openly hostile to the faith. I was simply amazed by their faithfulness in very difficult circumstances. But one woman’s story — I’ll call her Caspara for safety’s sake — was particularly moving. This woman is shepherding and training other Christian leaders, helping the poor and needy, educating children, and so much more — and she’s doing it all with multiple sclerosis.
I cannot imagine the difficulty of her situation. I don’t know what kind of drugs or therapies she has access to in her country. I don’t know how many exacerbations she experiences throughout a year or if any have left her disabled. All the gentleman who told me about her would say is, “She is a warrior. She works harder than anyone I know.”
I wanted to say, “Of course she does. Even if she did the same amount of work as other leaders, she’d actually be doing more. MS makes everything harder.” I also wanted to fist bump Caspara all the way across the ocean because she is an absolute badass.
Multiple sclerosis has a way of making us shortsighted; it keeps us so focused on our own pain and struggles that we forget about others. But I don’t want to forget about Caspara. Her bravery and passion for helping others inspire me, so I decided that I would begin praying for her daily. In Romans 12:12, the Apostle Paul writes that as believers, we should, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” And that’s just what I intend to do for my friend across the waters. I will rejoice in the hope that there will be a cure for us. I will patiently endure this disease until that day comes. And I will pray for her, myself, and everyone else who lives with MS.
To keep her close and on my mind, I purchased a simple green hemp bracelet that I wear around my wrist. (You can make your own by watching a tutorial like this one or you can be lazy like me and buy it from one of the many fine retailers on Etsy.) Every time I see it, I say a short prayer for Caspara. I pray that her country will know peace and that she can emerge from the shadows. I pray that those around her will help her in the struggle. I pray for mercy, deliverance, and for a measure more of God’s strength for her as she does her work.
And every time I do, I feel myself growing a little stronger too.
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