Behind her surgical mask, nurse Divina looked at the patients with tears streaming down her face. It’s hard to hold back her emotions while seeing other people suffer.
As a Filipino nurse in Bergamo, a city in Italy with the highest number of people infected with COVID-19, Divina Guerrero witnesses the heartbreaking battle of the patients they serve. Every day, she gears up for a tough battle each time she puts on her protective suit, face mask, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“I witnessed how the patients suffered from COVID-19. I saw them entering the hospital where they don’t get the chance to see their families anymore – until the day they die,” Divina recalled. “Whenever I see the painful separation of patients and families, that’s when I really break down and cry.”
Divina considers the current pandemic as the toughest challenge in her 28 years as a health worker. Due to the risk of her chosen profession, Divina’s family pleaded for her to stop working and look after her own well being.
She admits that fear overtakes her sometimes, but her calling to serve people proves to be stronger than the pandemic. To health workers like her, this season of testing is also an opportunity to see God’s miracles even in the toughest times.
“I see people fighting for their lives. When patients open their eyes or move their hands, it’s like God is giving signs and is making us realize that hope is possible even during this time,” said Divina, who shares that such occasions give her a positive disposition.
Divina courageously wears her protective suit and face mask each day knowing that the Lord continues to strengthen and protect her amidst the crisis. Armed with prayer each time, she gears up ready to conquer the virus and help flatten the curve.
“God does not allow fear to stay in my mind. He helps me stay positive that I would remain free from the virus,” says Divina.
Divina is one of the many health workers who selflessly brave the unseen enemy in the world right now. They are the ones who always put their lives on the line with hopes of saving others.
This Health Workers’ Day, the world continues to witness their importance more than ever. Let’s continue to recognize, honor, and pray for all the devoted health workers around the globe.
Dear health workers, thank you for continuing your heroic deed. The whole world is grateful for your dedication, compassionate hearts, and courageous spirits!
Most importantly, God sees you and cares for you. May you find comfort as you seek Him, for He is the greatest Hero who will guard you all the days of your life, as said in Philippians 4:6-7,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Are you a health worker who needs prayers and encouragement today? It would be our joy to pray for you! Don’t hesitate to call us at 8737-0700 or send your prayer requests through the CBN Asia Prayer Center.