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A Young Filipino Doctor’s Dilemma

Back in 2005, Wyman and I were anxiously looking forward to returning home after a one-month mission trip in the Philippines.  Arriving early at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila for our flight back to Hawaii, we noticed a commotion at the China Airlines check-in counter.  There was a hapless young man with two of his suitcases spread wide open, frantically trying to figure out how he could arrange or lighten his bags that were overweight. He would have to pay an extra $125 fee to take all his things with him.

He was a newly-wed, whose Filipino wife had returned home to the Philippines to get married to him and had already gone to New York ahead of him.  The young doctor was leaving the country for good, so he had all his important life’s possessions with him, including the many gifts and memorabilia of their recent wedding.  This was his first trip out of the country and he was very nervous and unsure of himself.  And he did not have the extra $125 to pay for overweight baggage!

Wyman approached the doctor, asking him about his problem.  After hearing about his dilemma, Wyman then said to him,  “Can I pray for God to help you?”  Other departing passengers were checking in and the line was getting very crowded.  He agreed that he needed prayer for his unfortunate situation and let Wyman pray for him right there in the airport terminal.  The young man seemed somewhat relieved that some stranger was trying to help him.  Then Wyman turned to him and said,  “Look, my Father God in heaven can do anything!  Not only will God help you, but you will not have to pay one dollar more, not even one peso (2 cents) extra”.  Wyman knew the woman supervisor working behind the China Airlines ticket counter as he had befriended her many times as we often flew out of Manila. He told her to please help out that young man!

Since we were still an hour early from our departure, Wyman and I headed for the airport Cantina to have something to eat.  When we went back to the boarding gate, the young doctor excitedly ran up to us and said “Pastor, Pastor, God heard your prayers!  I did not have to pay anything for my excess baggage!”  He was overjoyed as he was soon to begin his new life in America with his new wife.  Earlier, Wyman had offered to carry some of his things with us to Hawaii as we had only one bag each, and were allowed two bags apiece.  It wouldn’t have worked because we had two stopovers, one in Taipei, then in Nagoya, Japan, before heading back to Hawaii, while the young doctor had a transfer flight from Nagoya to Chicago, on his way to New York!

We have since heard from this special young Filipino doctor.  After two years, he was given a grant to go to Yale Medical School as an intern.  He now resides and practices medicine in Chicago with his wife and two children.  Praise the Lord!  God is So Good!!!

It Happened In the Garden

On the Garden Island of Kauai in Hawaii, is a beautiful rainforest.  The lush rainforest has a fern grotto of cascading ferns against a huge lava cave backdrop and is a popular tourist site and favorite setting for many weddings. To get there you need to take the Smith Riverboat up the Wailua River and hike up a trail. This is the setting of my story:

Garden Experience in Kauai, Hawaii  from my journal 8-27-2005

“Hiking down from the cavernous Fern Grotto, I felt the presence of the Spirit of God among the  thick tall trees and foliage of the lush rain forest.  My husband, Wyman, and I were the last ones at the end of the trail since everyone in our tour group had gone back down ahead of us.  So no one was around when I was compelled to call out in a loud voice from the top of the trail.  I cupped my hands together to my mouth and yelled, “WHERE ARE YOU?”   From further down the trail I heard someone answer back, “HERE!”  I told Wyman to call out, in his bigger voice, and he shouted, “WHERE ARE YOU?”  Again some guy yelled back from somewhere, “HERE!”.   I was very astonished to hear someone answer with a loud voice!

We started walking down the trail to join the others.  On the trip back down the Wailua River, Wyman sang ‘Beyond the Reef’ with his ukulele, one of the few oldies he still remembers from bygone years.  We also sang two Christian songs to our small party of 15 passengers.  Then I shared with the folks that on the hike I called out, “WHERE ARE YOU?”  I asked if anyone heard someone shouting, “WHERE ARE YOU?”  One guy identified himself as the one who shouted back twice, “HERE!”  It was a ‘chicken skin’ experience for me as I proceeded to explain how God also called out “WHERE ARE YOU?” to seek fellowship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  God calls each one of us also, to have a relationship with Him, and to fellowship with us!  Praise the Lord that the boat captain was a ‘hang loose’ guy.  He let us have the microphone so we were able to be Christian witnesses on a riverboat that beautiful day in Kauai!”