Mandeep Dhillon is a young woman from India who moved to the United States in 2008. In 2014 she came to Indianapolis which was about the same time she started feeling ill. After numerous doctor visits and seemingly endless tests it was determined that she was suffering from an autoimmune disorder that was destroying her kidneys.
This past year she began attending St. Luke's. She asked for prayer after a service one Sunday and poured out her story and fear. After months of dialysis she was told that neither of her kidneys were responding and she would have to have a transplant to survive. But where does a woman from India find a kidney in the US?
While getting registered in the appropriate database systems, she was racing against time to locate a suitable donor. After praying with her that Sunday I shared Mandeep's need in my weekly email on Good Friday. Now enter Dr. Tara Wakefield.
Tara, a physician, is the daughter of St. Luke's members, Ron and Mary Wakefield. She had a dream one night that she was in heaven being asked about the things she did with her life. Her questioners complimented her on the positive contributions she made but said, "We have one question, 'Why did you keep your kidney? You had a chance to donate a kidney but didn't." She awoke completely uncertain of the meaning of that dream, until...
Her mother told her about Mandeep's story which she learned through the church. Her mother was tested to see if she could donate her own kidney but found out she could not. When Tara heard this she knew it was a divine opportunity. She wasted no time getting tested and discovered she was indeed a suitable donor. While there are some final tests and approvals to be done, a tentative surgery date is set for next month.
Mandeep says that when she met Tara she felt like they were "sisters from the same mother." Mandeep is overjoyed because of this life-saving gift. What is she thankful for this Thanksgiving? To receive a kidney. What is Tara thankful for? The opportunity to be faithful.
Praise be to God!
Come, Ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.