Ruth Bell- from China to the Amazon

When I published this blog post about the passing of Billy Graham this year,  I remembered an interesting medical connection.

Billy Graham once preached in China, a country well known to his wife because she grew up there. Ruth Bell lived there with her parents who were missionaries. And not just any missionaries.

Her father, L. Nelson Bell was a surgeon at a mission hospital in Tsingkiang, China where  for 25 years he operated on thousands of patients.

When the Bells were forced to return to America by the outbreak of World War II he not only resumed a busy medical practice but became editor of two influential Christian magazines and an active leader in his denomination.

In his book The Journey, Graham wrote about his father-in-law,

After Ruth and I were married he became one of my closest friends and advisers, someone whose wise counsel  I always respected . I  never met anyone who was more disciplined or more determined to make every minute count.

The story doesn’t end there. In 1977 two surgeons wanted to volunteer to work in mission hospitals during their vacation. Their efforts developed into World Medical Mission, a branch of the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Today, hundreds of volunteer Christian healthcare professionals serve in overseas mission hospitals and clinics. The organization also provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies, along with biomedical technicians to install, repair, and maintain the equipment at these facilities.

Leading Samaritan’s Purse as President and CEO- Dr. Bell’s grandson, Franklin Graham, son of Ruth and Billy. 

And in the Bolivian Amazon basin, the Ruth Bell riverboat delivers medical and dental care to remote communities, just like her father did in China many years ago.

The Ruth Bell riverboat, photo from a recent newsletter of World Medical Mission 


John 3:16, NIV 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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Remembering Reverend Billy Graham --









The Reverend Billy Graham- America’s Preacher

John 3:16 is reported to be Billy Graham’s favorite Bible verse. He included it in every sermon he preached because it contains everything he wanted people to know about God.

Even though he is called America’s Preacher, Billy Graham traveled and preached all over the world, including China, the Soviet Union, Europe, Australia, Africa, and North Korea.

On February 21, 2018,  the Reverend Billy Graham died at 99 years of age. He is well known as a preacher, speaker, and evangelist, but he also wrote books. Here are links to some of them.

My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world. Billy Graham
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And Dr. Bell’s story is told in A Foreign Devil in China 

Please join me in extending prayers of sympathy to the Graham family and appreciation for sharing their father/grandfather with the world. Thank you.

Dr. Aletha , sharing words of 

faith, hope and love

Living and giving lavishly


Exploring the Golden Rule from the Sermon on the Mount

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Matthew 7:12 ESV

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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Matthew 7:12 NIV

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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LIVING AND GIVING exploring the heart of health with faith, hope and love



The Golden Rule-from the late Reverend Billy Graham in his book

The Journey-How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World 

“How different our lives would be if we actually practiced this!

Instead of ignoring people or treating them harshly, we’d handle them with respect and kindness.

Instead of manipulating them for our own purposes, we’d help them achieve what is best for them.

We’d also try to see life through their eyes. Most of all, we’d point them to Christ, for the greatest gift we can offer anyone is His salvation.”

(from Chapter 21-When Others Disappoint)


also by Billy Graham (these are affiliate links used to help this blog share the HEART of health)

Life Wisdom: Quotes from Billy Graham

Life Wisdom: Quotes from Billy Graham

The Enduring Classics of Billy Graham

The Enduring Classics of Billy Graham

Understanding the Golden Rule from 

“The word so indicates that Jesus’s teaching is his conclusion from what he’s said previously. The entire Sermon on the Mount might be in view.
But it may be that Jesus is thinking more specifically of what he has just said, in Matthew 7:7–11.
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’
There he tells his followers that God is their loving Father and always gives good things to those who ask.
Therefore, because God is so generous to us, we’re to be lavishly generous to others.
The Golden Rule is glorious overflow.”
Read  the rest of Stephen Witmer’s  article at desiringGod to find out

Three Things Jesus Didn’t Say



Does this make you think differently about the Golden Rule, what it means, and how it plays out in your interactions with others?

Who has been “lavishly generous” to you?

Who have you helped to “achieve what is best for them”?

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Dr. Aletha 

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These three remain, faith, hope and love, and greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13