‘I’m Hurting’

‘I’m Hurting’
13th SABBATH | December 28
Franck Mbunga Mudibu, 39
Nicky Masela Mbunga, 34

Opening Song
“ Be Thou My Vision”
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, No. 547

Superintendent or Sabbath School teacher


“I’m Hurting”


Closing Song
“He Leadeth Me”
The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, No. 537

Closing Prayer

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Nicky Masela Mbunga frantically called her husband, Franck, at the Kinshasa Seventh-day Adventist Clinic, where he worked as a nurse.

“I’m hurting,” she cried. “There is a deep pain in my belly.”

Nicky was eight months pregnant after praying for four years to have a child.

Franck consulted with a clinic doctor, who advised that Nicky take medicine to ease the pain but rush to the clinic if the pain continued.

The pain returned that night. Nicky was tired and weak, and she couldn’t even stand up. Franck called the doctor, who told him to rush Nicky to the clinic.

At the clinic, the doctor found that Nicky had lost a lot of blood and needed an urgent blood transfusion. He recommended transferring her to a larger hospital with better equipment.

But Franck didn’t have the money for a larger hospital. As a nurse, he knew that his wife’s situation was critical. He asked the doctor to do his best.

Medical staff whisked Nicky to the clinic’s sole operating room, a small area furnished with a simple operating table and a metal cart carrying basic surgical equipment.

As Franck left the room, he saw the doctor struggling to find Nicky’s vein to start the blood transfer.

In the hall, doctors and nurses offered encouragement.

“Don’t be afraid,” said one.

“God will help us,” said another.

Franck saw staff members praying for his wife. A nurse urged him to keep praying.

“The operation is going well,” the nurse said. “But you need to keep praying.”

Franck believed God would intervene. He went to a private room and knelt to pray. “God, my wife is a special person in her family,” he said. “If You want to help me, please save my wife. Her parents aren’t Adventists, and they know she is being treated in an Adventist clinic. If she dies here …” His voice trailed off.

The clinic summoned a specialist to assist in the surgery. But the specialist said by phone that it would take an hour for him to arrive. The doctor saw that Nicky couldn’t wait that long, so he decided to operate immediately. The clinic lacked equipment for the surgery, but he would do his best.

Just as the doctor started to sterilize the operating equipment, the lights went out. But the operation couldn’t wait. The doctor sterilized the equipment the traditional way: with fire.

When he opened Nicky up, he saw blood everywhere. It was too late. The baby’s heart wasn’t beating.

His attention turned to Nicky. She was struggling to breathe, and he fought to save her life. Finally Nicky began to stabilize, and Franck was called to the room.

Nicky recovered with no complications, and the incision healed with no infection. The clinic’s director, Dr. Olive Kisile, told the couple that God had performed a miracle that night.

“God is very good to you, and you should praise Him!” she said.

She later confided, “By human understanding, Nicky should have died. This is the hand of God.”

A month after the loss of the baby, Franck and Nicky were still recovering from the trauma, but they readily shared their story as a testimony to God’s love.

“From our experience, I can say God’s hand is helping people and saving them in our clinic,” Franck said. “If my wife had gone somewhere else, she might have died. God saved her as the staff prayed.”

The story has also affected the non-Adventist relatives. Nicky’s father recently told Franck, “You Adventist people are special because you have love around you.” Now he gets all his medical care at the clinic.

Part of this quarter’s Thirteen Sabbath Offering will help improve and expand the clinic’s services with much-needed equipment and buildings.

“I have a special appeal for people to help our clinic,” Franck said. “It can be a powerful tool for evangelism and touch the lives of many people.”

He and Nicky, meanwhile, have put their hopes for a child into God’s hands.

“Even though we lost the baby, I praise God because I have my wife, and I know God can help us have another baby,” Franck said.

Thank you for helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere in the East-Central Africa Division through your generous Thirteenth Sabbath Offering today.


Andrew McChesney

Story Tips
Pronounce Franck as: FRae-NGK
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The narrator doesn’t need to memorize the story, but he or she should be familiar enough with the material so as not to have to read it.
Future Thirteenth Sabbath Programs
Next quarter, the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help the Inter-European Division to:

Build a church with a children’s center in Sofia, Bulgaria Establish an educational outreach program for vulnerable children in Prague, Czech Republic Renovate the main building at Marienhöhe Academy in Darmstadt, Germany Expand Sagunto Adventist College with a multipurpose building in Valencia, Spain.

“၁၃ ပတ္အစီအစဥ ၁၃ ပတ္အစီအစဥ္”

ၾကိဳဆိုႏႈတ္ခြန္းဆက္စကား – ဥပုသ္စာေျဖေက်ာင္းဥကၠဌ

အဖြင့္သီခ်င္း – “ေကာက္လိႈင္းမ်ားသိမ္းလ်က္”ျမန္မာ-၁၄၇၊Eng-621
ပံုျပင္ – “က်မမွာအနာတရျဖစ္ေနတယ္”
အပိတ္သီခ်င္း – “ဘုရင္ကိုျမင္မည္က်ဴး” ျမန္မာ-၁၆၉၊ွSDAH 426


ဒီဇင္ဘာလ(၂၈)ရက္၊ ေရးသားသူ-Franck Mbunga Mudiby & Nicky

Nickyရဲ႕ခင္ပြန္းသညFranck ဟာ”ကင္႐ွာစာ”ေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းေဆးခန္းမွာသူနာျပဳတစ္
ေတာင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။အဲဒီေနာက္မွာေတာ့ Nicky ဟာကိုယ္ဝန္ေဆာင္တာရွစ္လရွိျပီျဖစ္တယ္။


Franckကလည္းသူ႔ေဆးခန္းကဆရာဝန္ဆီမွာျပေပးတဲ့အခါ၊ ေဆးသာတိုက္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ကုန္ခန္းျပီးထေတာင္မထႏိုင္ေတာ့ဘူး။ ဆရာဝန္ကသူမကိုစမ္းသပ္ၾကည့္တဲ့အခါ ေသြးအားအရမ္း
နည္းေနတာေတြ႕ရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။ “နစ္ကီ”ဟာအျမန္ဆံုးေသြးသြင္းဖို႔လိုအပ္တဲ့အတြက္၊ေဆးပစၥည္း

Franck အေနနဲ႔ေဆး႐ံုၾကီးမွာကေလးမီးဖြားဖို႔ပိုက္ဆံလိုအပ္တဲ့အျပင္၊ဇနီးသည္ရဲ႕က်န္း
မာေရးအတြက္လည္းအက်ပ္အတည္းျဖစ္ေနတဲ့အတြက္၊ ဆရာဝန္ကိုအတတ္ႏိုင္ဆံုးကုေပးဖို႔ေတာင္း

ေဆးခန္းရဲ႕ဝန္ထမ္းေတြအေနနဲ႔ ခြဲစိတ္ခန္းစားပြဲေပၚတင္ျပီးေသြးသြင္းေပးခဲ့ၾကပါ
လို႔အားေပးခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ ေနာက္တဦးကလည္း”ဘုရားသခင္ကကူညီပါလိမ့္မည္”လို႔အားေပးခဲ့
ျပန္ပါတယ္။ ေဆးဝန္ထမ္းေတြဟာ Franck ရဲ႕ဇနီးသည္အတြက္ဆုေတာင္းေပးခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။
သူနာျပဳဆရာမတစ္ဦးကလညၤ္းFranck ကို”ဇနီးသည္အတြက္အဆက္မျပတ္ဆုေတာင္းေပးပါ”

ခြဲစိတ္ကုသမႈဟာအဆင္ေျပခဲ့ပါတယ္။ Franckဟာအခန္းတစ္ခန္းထဲမွာဝင္ျပီးေတာ့၊
ကိုကယ္မေတာ္မူပါ။သူမရဲ႕မိဘေတြဟာ ေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းသားလည္းမဟုတ္ပါ။ေျမာ္လင့္
ျခင္းအသင္းေတာ္ရဲ႕ေဆးခန္းမွာကေလးမီးဖြားတယ္ဆိုတာကို သူတို႔တေတြသိၾကပါတယ္။

ခြဲစိတ္ရာမွာေဆးခန္းကေန အထူးခြဲစိတ္ဆရာဝန္ကိုအကူအညီလွမ္းေတာင္လိုက္တဲ့အခါ
အဲဒီေဆးခန္းကိုေရာက္လာဖို႔အတြက္တစ္နာရီၾကာမယ္လို႔ ဖုန္းနဲ႔ပဲျပန္အေၾကာင္းၾကားခဲ့ပါတယ္။
ေဆးခန္းဆရာဝန္အေနဲ႔”နစ္ကီ”ရဲ႕အေျခအေနဟာ ေနာက္တစ္နာရီထပ္ေစာင့္ဖို႔မျဖစ္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္းကို
သိရွိျပီး အတတ္ႏိုင္ဆံုးခြဲစိတ္ဖို႔ဆံုးျဖတ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ေဆးခန္းမွာခြဲစိတ္ ကိရိယာေတြမစံုေပမယ့္အ

ခြဲစိတ္ကုသဖို႔ပစၥည္းကိရိယာေတြကို လွ်ပ္စစ္မီးပ်က္သြားလို႔မီးနဲ႔ပဲအပူေပးခဲ့ရပါတယ္။
ဆရာဝန္က “နစ္ကီ”ရဲ႕ဗိုက္ကိုဖြင့္လိုက္တဲ့အခါကိုအတြင္းပိုင္းေနရာတကာမွာ ေသြးေတြပ်ံ႕ႏွံ႔ေနတာ

“နစ္ကီ”ဟာအသက္႐ႈၾကပ္ေနတဲ့အတြက္ သူမရဲ႕အသက္ကိုကယ္ဖို႔ပဲဆရာဝန္ေတြက
ၾကိဳးစားခဲ့ပါေတာ့တယ္။ ေနာက္ဆံုးမွာ”နစ္ကီ”ဟာတည္တည္ျငိမ္ျငိမ္နဲ႔အသက္႐ႈႏိုင္ခဲ့ျပၤီးFranck

အနာလဲလံုးဝေပ်ာက္ကင္းသြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ေဆးခန္းရဲ႕ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမွဴး Dr. Oliver Kisileက
ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ အဲဒီညမွာထူးဆန္းတဲ့နိမိတ္ျပခဲ့ပါတယ္လို႔သူတို႔လင္မယားကိုေျပာျပခဲ့ပါတယ္။

မြမ္းရမယ္ေနာ္” လို႔သူမကအားေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။

သူမက”လူသားေတြရဲ႕အျမင္မွာ နစ္ကီ ဟာေသဆံုးရမွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ဒါဟာဘုရားသခင္
ရဲ႕လက္ရာေတာ္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္” လို႔ဖြင့္ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

နစ္ကီ တို႔ဇနီးေမာင္ႏွံဟာကေလးဆံုး႐ံႈးျပီး တစ္လၾကာတဲ့အထိ ဝမ္းနည္းေၾကကြဲမႈကို
ခံစားခဲ့ၾကရပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ သူတို႔ရဲ႕ဘဝဟာတကယ္ပဲဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ေမတၲာေတာ္ကိုခံစားရ
ေၾကာင္း သက္ေသအေနနဲ႔ေဝငွခဲ့ပါတယ္။

“အကယ္၍မ်ား၊ကြ်န္ေတာ့ဇနီးသည္ဟာ အျခားေနရာမွာခြဲစိတ္ကုသမႈခံမယ္ဆိုရင္
ေသဆံုးႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ေဆးခန္းဝန္ထမ္းေတြကဆုေတာင္းေပးလို႔သာ ဘုရားသခင္ကသူမကိုကယ္ခဲ့
တာျဖစ္တယ္” လို႔ဆက္ေျပာခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။

သူတို႔ရဲ႔ဘဝက ေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းသားမဟုတ္တဲ့အိမ္နီးနားခ်င္းေတြရဲ႕စိတ္ကိုထိ
ခိုက္ေစခဲ့ပါတယ္။”နစ္ကီ”ရဲ႕အေဖက “သင္တို႔ေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းသားေတြဟာ၊သင္တို႔ရဲ႕အနီး

ယခုအခါ သူလည္းပဲေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းေတာ္ရဲ႕ေဆးခန္းမွာေဆးကုသမႈကိုခံယူေန

ဒီကြာတာရဲ႕၁၃ ပတ္ဥပုသ္ေတာ္ေန႔အလွဴေငြတစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ကို ေဆးခန္းရဲ႕၊ဝန္ေဆာင္မႈနဲ႔လိုအပ္

ေဆာင္မႈတိုးတက္ဖို႔ကူညီေပးၾကပါရန္၊ အထူးအသနားခံပါတယ္”လို႔ Franckကေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့

အဲဒီေနာက္ “နစ္ကီ” တို႔ဇနီးေမာင္ႏွံဟာေနာက္ထပ္ကေလးရရွိဖို႔ ဘုရားသခင္ထံဆက္ကပ္

“ကေလးကိုဆံုး႐ံႈးခဲ့ရေပမဲ့လည္း ဇနီးသည္ကိုအသက္ရွင္ခြင့္ေပးတဲ့အတြက္ဘုရားသခင္

ယေန႔၊သင္တို႔ရဲ႕ရက္ေရာစြာလွဴဒါန္းမဲ့ (၁၃)ပတ္အလွဴေငြအားျဖင့္ ကြန္ဂိုႏိုင္ငံနဲ႔အေ႐ွ႕
အလယ္ပိုင္းအာဖရိကဒီဝီဇံမွာ ကိုယ္ကာယနဲ႔ဝိညာဥ္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာ လိုအပ္ခ်က္ေတြအတြက္ကူညီပံ့
ပိုးႏိုင္ပါလိမ့္မည္။ ေဆးခန္းတိုးတက္ဖို႔အတြက္ အလွဴေငြေပးလွဴခဲ့ၾကတဲ့သင္တို႔အားလံုးအေပၚ

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