Days before our trip to see our daughter, Phil had an appendicitis attack. “Come to Brasov,” Sarah said, “Surgery’s cheap and Gaby will find us the best doctor.”
After consulting our Father in Heaven and our Home Church group of 5 daughters, we were led by the Holy Spirit of Jesus to have surgery by Dr. Bogdan Moldovan, director of surgery at St. Constantin Hospital, Brasov. Phil and I have had no medical insurance for 22 years, so the cost in the USA is at least $70,000, cash payers-$10,000 or more.
This would be our 11th time in Romania to reach out to the orphans and needy. Now they would help us.
We could not have had a better experience. The hospital was immaculate, and the staff was friendly and efficient. Dr. Moldovan did a superb job. In the end he observed Phil’s Gall Bladder was a problem, so he removed that also. Because it was Phil’s birthday, the hospital staff sang to him and brought him gifts. Amazing!!!
The only surprise in our bill was the cost. For 3 days and 2 nights with every kind of test, the entire stay was $1,500! God, in His mercy kept Phil alive and well until Romania. The Bible is a guide for the soul as well as the body, but before Phil asked Jesus into his heart, his diet was not good. Now he uses food as a means to keep his body, “The temple of the Holy Spirit” healthy and strong. Phil shocked everyone on the day after two organs were removed by eating at our favorite Romanian restaurant! And in two weeks Phil flew the long journey home pain free.
We, the Berchtold Family, Praise Jesus for being our Savior, our Healer, and our Best Friend.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel…“ These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Jesus
We are grateful to God to be able to bring the love of Jesus during Phil’s surgery. We brought our music and gifts to Spital de Copii-Children’s Hospital Brasov, Dani and her family (our first outreach to Romania), and Joshua Church where Phil’s ICU nurse attends. Of course to see our beloved Sarah and Roxi, Costel and Beca (former orphans) was a joy.
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