Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Doctors offer free services to the poor, proclaim the Gospel, amid Muslim-Christian tensions
By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- Since 2001 violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Jos, Nigeria have scarred and further segregated two disparate population groups. But that hasn’t stopped one Christian doctor and his wife from bringing Jesus’ healing touch to the poorest of the poor – whether Christian or Muslim.
Chris Isichei came to Christ in his last year of high school after his sister invited him to a screening of a Christian film about the prodigal son. As he stood outdoors in the field where the projector and screen were set up, he felt God impress upon his heart, “This is your life.”
Like the prodigal who ran to his father in the open field, Chris rushed forward at the altar call to make a declaration of his faith. He says the public nature of the commitment – before other family members and friends -- helps him in times of personal weakness.
As he grew in Christ, the Lord imparted a gift of mercy and compassion. “I began to think about being a doctor and using my skills to help people,” he says.
Chris attended medical school and began practicing medicine and lecturing at Jos University Teaching Hospital as a pathologist.
On a 1996 visit to the U.S, he witnessed the dramatic differences in health care available in the U.S. He decided that when he returned home, he would do everything he could to improve health care for his people, especially the poor.
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