Pray for Gordon Hwang, serving in Japan, recovering from a heart attack.
Gordon and Lee Ann are serving in Yokohama, Japan. Gordon exercises gifts of service and hospitality. He hosts a weekly fellowship meeting in their home. Lee Ann works full-time as an English conversation teacher for junior and senior high students at Soshin Girls’ School. She also has opportunities to make connections with students in two clubs, through the foreign exchange programs, speaking in chapel and with their home-fellowship meetings.
He writes - Heart Attack. The chest pain would not stop! I felt the first pain walking from the bus stop toward home. Tired, I briefly rested in the bedroom. However, needing help now, I got out of bed. I barely got out the words, “I am having a heart attack!” before blacking out briefly and falling on my left shoulder.
Amazingly, Lee Ann and Miki were home and called for an ambulance immediately. In the midst of the pain and shock, I had no fear. The Lord gave me complete peace to endure each step. For example, I prayed silently, “I am ready for the Lord Jesus to take me home, but if it is His will, I would like to continue serving my family and our Japanese friends.”
I had learned God’s word, the Holy Bible, is my strength. So, Psalm 23 gave me deep, enduring strength. Miki wrote it on a poster for me. I had a friend, Reegan, tape it up on the ceiling above my hospital bed. At night, I read the words repeatedly and the chest pain would subside.
Healing. In addition, this Psalm is special to me because I first heard it while my Dad was on his deathbed, dying from cancer. His Christian hospice nurse recited it with our family while holding hands around Dad’s bed. This was the first time I remember weeping while hearing God’s word. I was a non-Christian then, still the touching words gave me comfort. Now, in my most desperate hour, the same words returned to comfort me again! God’s healing is in His comfort. He heals my spirit through the comfort of his word. Therefore, He heals me both in body and in spirit!