“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I but the grace of God that was with me” ( 1Cor 15:10)
I received a note from somebody saying: ‘Ma, who are you? Are you a doctor or a pastor? Is there no confusion between these two professions? I am just curious… Please explain…’
This was my answer:
“Dear… By the grace of God I am who I am. It is the grace of God that defines me. It is not what people say, but what the unmerited favor of God says about me that matters. First of all I am a child of God. I am also a wife (for 42 years), a mother of three adult children and a grandmother of six. I am a medical doctor by profession. I am a pastor by His grace and by His calling. It is the same with my husband, Pastor Richmond Leigh. We both worked as doctors for about 20 years. My husband and I we founded Lily Clinic in Warri, Nigeria. We sold the medical equipment and the name of the clinic when we started the church. Since 2000, we are in full time ministry, as the founding pastors of Father’s House Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria.
As you see, there is no confusion. But, the way a believer and an unbeliever thinks is totally different. I am sinner saved by grace. I was an atheist, a complete unbeliever until I met The Lord in 1986. Since then, God has helped me change my view of life, death, sickness, the trials of life and eternity in general. In the medical school they teach you what they know: the science of medicine. They cannot give you what they do not have. As a doctor, I did not believe in God, devil, heaven, hell, prayer or the Bible. I practiced medicine the way I was thought in school. Pure science!
But after I became born again things changed radically as they should! God took center stage in my thinking. I started asking each patient who came to my office: ‘what do you want: prayer or medicine?’ The wealthy ones always say ‘medicine’. So I did what they requested. I examined them and gave them their medicine. I charged them high, I might add… But the poor ones who could not afford to pay for treatment, they usually said: ‘Doctor, I do not have money, please pray for me…’ I usually tell them: ‘God bless you! You are very wise! You have chosen the best I have…’ Then I prayed for them and did not charge money at all. Most of them will come back with a testimony of supernatural healing. This is how I have discovered the power of God available in Christ alone and the Holy Spirit in action, ready and able to save, heal and deliver. This revelation changed me and my practice! Along the way, I have learned so many wonderful lessons from others. The humble, generous and willing believers thought me faith, patience, divine wisdom and the value of prayer.
In particular, I loved the terminal cases, the ones given up by other doctors… When a doctor tells his patient: ‘I have done everything I know. I cannot help you anymore. You will die in few weeks…’ A person like this has no other options except what God provides. I always appreciated when these hopeless cases came to me at their ’11th hour’. They suddenly wanted prayer. Their faith will increase. In this way I had more freedom to ‘experiment’ with prayers and the ministry of the Word. Many dying people were brought to Lily Clinic by their families just so that they can die ‘in peace’. I witnessed how a man’s face changes according to his spiritual ‘status’. From an angry face he will have a peaceful countenance and die smiling. Others, against all medical odds, received their healing miracles. I am a witness to all these things… I know that God is good!
Like I said, there is no confusion. In heaven there is no sickness, suffering or death. It is only eternal pure holy worship. Even now as a pastor, my priority is not physical healing but spiritual healing. If a man gives his life to Christ, that is the best thing he can do in this life. If a man is sick or is well, rich or poor, educated or not, he still needs Christ, first of all! I always point people to The Lord Jesus! He is the only Savior, the only Healer and the only Lord! I am just a servant to my Lord! If you see anything good in me, please give all the glory to God who has made it possible to have some good inside. I hope this answer will help… God bless you!”