Copyright © Muintir Mhuire 2014.
2009. He guides me along the right path
Paddy Travel offered me a lift on one of their buses taking pilgrims to Dubrovnik on the first leg of their journey home to Dublin. I was chatting to some of them whom I had met previously when the bus stopped for a break at Neum. I eventually joined the end of the queue going into the cafe. The guy in front of me said “I see you often in Medjugorje.” I responded “I have seen you there as well. “He said, “ I bring out electric wheelchairs.” I said “That is great, I need one” and went onto tell him about the meeting the night before. He asked when I was returning to Medjugorje and I told him that I would be back in three weeks. He said that he would have an electric wheelchair suitable for the doctor at the airport for me. Three weeks later we delivered a very fine electric wheelchair to the doctor.
The clinic provided a much needed service for some time in the Mother’s Village and through that meeting with Godfrey Carpenter (the man who said to me in Neum “I bring out electric wheelchairs“) we have acquired a wheelchair bus and more electric wheelchairs and scooters and other much needed equipment for Susret (Friends of the Disabled) the newly formed wheelchair association in the Citluk area and delivered them to them. This was only the beginning. Already there is more hope for the seventy-five people in that area who either need or are using wheelchairs. Many of them are under eighteen and benefit greatly now that they have a bus which means they can attend school.
We are learning that the Good Shepherd not only leads us along the right Path but arranges that we meet the right people along the way. Our little yes or maybe in response to the invitation in our hearts from the Holy Spirit to do some good provides God with the opportunity to show us that He wants to do much more than we realise and that nothing will happen without our yes. May God continue to show His great love for all the disabled and those who care for them and may the Mother of Jesus and our Mother too continue to intercede for us.
In the early days of the St Luke’s Medical Project we had difficulty getting suitable storage for the supplies we were bringing to Medjugorje. We were then offered the use of a three roomed building in the Mother’s Village with the request that we also provide there a first aid clinic with the services of a nurse.
While we were pursuing this option someone approached us saying there was a young doctor volunteering her services as she was unable to get work because she had Multiple Sclerosis. I met her to discuss this at Kathy’s Kitchen on a Saturday night. In discussion with her and others that night we came to the conclusion that if she was going to take on this work she needed a wheelchair. An electric wheelchair was really what was needed.
I came away asking myself if we were trying to take on too much. First we were simply bringing in some much needed medical supplies, then there was the proposal of a clinic and now we are thinking of having a doctor available with the added complication of a wheelchair. I pleaded with the Lord to help me know His will in all this. I was travelling home via Dubrovnik the following morning.