Today, I was thumbing through the Winter ’10 Biola Magazine. On page
36, I saw a story about a man named Henry Rempel. I didn’t know him, but our paths crossed on one day in September,
I was talking with a patient in the Emergency Room at a Fullerton hospital. Another patient was wheeled in with
symptoms of a weak heart. You could tell that this was no ordinary patient. The ambulance attendants seemed to deeply care
about and admire this man. He spoke very loud and seemed hard of hearing. Everyone was speaking loudly to him. Within a minute
or two, the staff, the patients, their family members, and everyone within earshot of him were taken in by his charm, kindness
and cheerfulness. The medical staff was talking about how weak his vital signs were and that he should not be able to be sitting
up and talking in his condition. The person in charge said “I know, I can’t explain it, but I’m looking
at him and he is!”
Soon people were talking amongst themselves about this man’s concern for others. Even
though he was the patient, he seemed more concerned with asking the ambulance attendant if he knew Christ. He brought something
to the Emergency Room that everybody needed.
The conversation that he had with the ambulance attendant was wonderful.
The attendant was listening and responding to every comment made by Mr. Rempel. I think it was no accident that he was hard
of hearing and without his hearing aid. As they spoke loudly, I looked around and saw everybody listening to two intelligent
men talking about "what is the most important thing". Mr. Rempel was later joined by a Chaplain named Dalton. Everyone was
listening to their conversation. Mr. Rempel had gained everyone’s respect and admiration. It was powerful to hear these
men discuss with such confidence and certainty what God has promised through the Bible. I could see from the look on the faces
of the people that they were talking to everyone in the room (And perhaps to others that would hear the story later).
followed up to see how Mr. Rempel had done. They implanted a pacemaker in Mr. Rempel that day. According to the Biola Magazine
article, he went on for almost another five years, actively serving and inspiring people.
Henry Rempel had great purpose
to his life. I'm sure that he had been serving for a very long time and I know that he was very much still serving.