Editor's note: Missionary profiles are an ongoing feature in Engage magazine in which we spend a little time with a Nazarene missionary individual or family each week to learn more about who they are and what God is doing where they are.
Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, has 136 beds and admits 5,000 people per year. In total, the hospital touches an average of 50,000 people per year who seek free or inexpensive health care.
Every year 600 to 800 people give their lives to Christ at the hospital, new churches are started, miracles happen, people grow in their faith, patients find comfort and some face death with new hope, while the good news of abundant life in Christ is lived and proclaimed.
Prior to this assignment, the McCoys were located in Swaziland at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, from 1985 to 1993.
They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions?
Bill: Within three months of beginning our assignment in Swaziland,1985, trying to serve in my own strength, I collapsed in weakness, illness and despair. Flat on my back in bed, I heard God’s invitation to serve in His strength, on His terms, for His purpose.
There have been “calls” before and since, but that was the one that made the difference.
Engage: What is your favorite aspect of what you do in your present assignment?
Bill: At Nazarene Hospital, a long line of people come to us on a daily basis. They need and they seek our help. We give ourselves to them, care for them, rejoice with them, weep with them, pray with them and for them. It is rich, full and intensely meaningful.
Engage: What are some of the challenges that you face in carrying out your work?
Bill: A colleague of ours was recently asked about the greatest problem she faces on the mission field. Her response: “I am.” That is true for us as well.
Engage: Please share a story of a significant event or moment that has happened in your current assignment.