A Kick in the Head

Many years ago, a horse kicked Stan Brock in the head, nearly killing him. There was no doctor nearby—in the Amazon Rain Forest. He had to recover on his own.

“It kind of jarred my thinking into, ‘Hey, let’s bring these doctors a little bit closer than 26 days on foot,’” Stan said.

“Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.” —Genesis 50:20

stan brock1He got his pilot’s license and a small plane to bring medical care to the people with whom he worked.

“Instead of taking weeks and weeks, the airplane could get there in just a few hours,” he said. “[If] somebody was badly hurt or injured, we could put them in the back of the airplane and take them somewhere for care.”

In 1985, Stan started a nonprofit Remote stan brock3Area Medical. Since then, the all-volunteer group has offered more than 660 medical clinics worldwide, providing free health care to half a million people. Stan said, “The patients are so grateful for what we’re able to do for them.”

Though he started as an overseas venture, Stan soon got so busy in the United States stan brock4that he had to cut back on foreign commitments.

More than 70,000 people, many of them full-time doctors and nurses, have donated their time and expertise to Stan’s cause over the years.

stan brock5“It always has been a volunteer effort,” Stan said. “All these people, they’re buying their own hotel and paying their own travel expenses to get here.”

For Stan Brock, that kick in the head prompted health care for over half a million people.

How about you? What does God want to use in your life to help others?

MIGHTY GOD, help me to see any and all opportunities You place around me every day. Don’t let me miss anything that You have for me.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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