It is the magic of a touch, the power of a hug ….. that make life joyful …. they say.  I have seen that the last few days.  We have had the privilege of having about 10 nursing students from Canada with us on the base.  And before they gave medicine …… they touched the lives of many suffering people around us….. physically and literally.

Researchers hints that not only does touch lower stress levels, but that it can boost the immune system and halt or slow the progress of disease. Science tells us that a touch triggers the release of brain endorphins:  an endogenous analgesic more powerful than heroin or morphine.  But touch is more than just a scientific confluence of brain chemicals.   Jesus often touched people ….  literally.  With many people very sick in our communities surrounding our base medical care is essential.  Unfortunately our clinics who helps more that 800 people per month is just not adequate to help everyone.  Our visiting team of nurses got into the act ….. and it changed many lives in the process.

Photo: A huge hug ….. and I think the smile says it all!

Photo:  Weighing small children and babies to determine underfeeding and other issues.

Photo:  All the work of the nursing students were done IN the community at their houses.  Although it stretched the students in interesting ways it was worth it they say.

Photo:  Work in the community is not an easy task at all.  The students carried water for widows, did washing for the ladies in the community ……… and just cared.

A LAST WORD

A touch can indeed tame a wild animal. But can it tame and soften a disturbed child? A study shows that children who have not been hugged enough have a tendency to be violent and aggressive compared to those who receive hug more often.
Perhaps, there is more to hug and touch than just release of endorphins.
A touch provides comfort in a freezing night. It makes us feel secure because it unites us with an affectionate, loving, and feeling human being. The warmth it brings is better than the warmth a fireplace can provide.
A touch shields us from the worries of today because of the confidence it brings. Like internet, it allows high-speed access to another soul.
When my wife hugs me at night, I can feel that all my aches and concerns of the day disappear instantly. I feel refreshed and transformed. I feel recharged, a dynamo ready to capture dreams and to take risks. I then celebrate joyfully.
A touch makes the body aversive to stress. Indeed, touch is the best remedy we need to own and claim forever and it’s free.
Photo:  Painting nails