Lent 4 – God works through disciples – John 3:17
We meet our saint today in Ukraine, when it was devastated by another war, the Crimean war from 1853 to 1856. Mary Seacole lived from 1805 to 1881. She was a black woman from Jamaica and she comes from a tradition of Jamaican and West African doctresses, as they were called at the time. She was trained in traditional medicine with a strong focus on what we today would call holistic and homeopathic medicine. She was independent and traveled the British empire. She helped fight the Cholera Epidemic in Jamaica in the 1850s, with some success it seems. She was in London when it became public knowledge that the medical system of the British army in the Crimean war had completely broken down. She went to Crimea, set up a hotel and a field hospital, and tended to wounded soldiers with traditional Jamaican medicine. She saved many. Thanks be to God for this faithful servant!
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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