An eye surgeon from the united Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Peshawar, Khushbakht Peters, talks about the privilege of serving in God’s name.
It is a privilege to be born in Pakistan. I believe God has placed Christians in Pakistan for His divine purpose. And a part of the purpose is this: to serve the people. One of the ways the Church of Pakistan has been doing that is through healthcare. To provide service to humanity, church-based hospitals also known Mission hospitals, have been actively working in this region as early as the 19th century, even before Pakistan came into being.
The beauty of these hospitals is that we treat patients with the necessary compassion and deference irrespective of what their faith or background is. The Mission hospital at Peshawar has been the pioneer of providing healthcare concerning ophthalmology and leprosy in our province – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, formerly known as The North West Frontier Province. Two other hospitals are providing healthcare mainly in surgery and gynaecology at the southern part of our province.
These hospitals not only serve the people of the various cities, but also the Tribal Areas. The people who come to these hospitals are usually from the lower sectors of the society. To serve such a people is a great reward in itself. These people are generous in their spirit they don’t leave without saying a prayer “May God keep you happy, may God give you success”.
Through various medical camps we are able to reach the areas of the province, which are not easily accessible and provide the necessary medical care to the people at their doorstep. The people of the region have developed great reverence to the hospitals: these are a source of healing and comfort not only in body, but also in mind and spirit. In Mark 12:30-31 we are given the commandments, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: you shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”.
As Christians we are not each other’s neighbours, we are the Body of Christ. Our neighbours are the non-Christians around us. The body of Christ living in a little difficult context and helping our neighbours, playing our part to make a difference in their lives, is our way of fulfilling the commandment that is given through Christ.