Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’
And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’
Isaiah 6: 8
Dr. Martin Salia, the Methodist surgeon who contracted Ebola treating patients in a hospital in Sierra Leone, has died in the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated.
In an interview with United Methodist Communications earlier this year, Salia talked about how important it was for him to work at a Christian hospital.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be rosy, but why did I decide to choose this job? I firmly believe God wanted me to do it. And I knew deep within myself. There was just something inside of me that the people of this part of Freetown needed help,” Salia said.
“I see it as God’s own desired framework for me. I took this job not because I want to, but I firmly believe that it was a calling and that God wanted me to. … And I’m pretty sure, I’m confident that I just need to lean on him, trust him, for whatever comes in, because he sent me here. And that’s my passion,” Salia said.
He talked about his training as a Christian surgeon.
“And so by the time you finish your training, you are more or less like the pastor, you become a pastor. Whenever we want to start surgery, we pray. I am just being used as an instrument or as a surgeon to carry out God’s own plan for that person’s life.”
Some might call a person like Dr. Salia a fool but that would be a compliment in the big Christian scheme of things, because biblically speaking, he was “a fool for Christ.”
More here about Dr. Martin Salia, R.I.P.
“For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals.
“We are fools for the sake of Christ,
but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honour, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.”
— 1 Cor. 4: 9-13