Just a Touch | The Institute for Creation Research

Just a Touch

When the ICR team—Dr. Henry Morris III, Jan Morris, and Michael Hansen—arrived in Amman, Jordan, one of their first stops was a church that provides services to refugees from neighboring countries. While most of the refugees are not Christians, the pastor opens the doors and welcomes them. Pastor George has a heart for helping those who are suffering. The refugees have endured war, poverty, hunger, physical abuse, and displacement from their homelands, and he uses God’s provisions to meet their needs.

Officials question Pastor George a few times a year, but they allow him to continue the ministry because he is meeting practical needs—providing blankets, food, and basic necessities. In the name of Christ, he shows kindness to weary, suffering people.

During ICR’s visit to Pastor George’s church, Mrs. Morris noticed that one young man who was confined to a wheelchair reached out to touch them every time they passed. As Mrs. Morris shared this story with me, I thought of the woman in the Bible who just wanted to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe (Matthew 9:20-22). Somehow, just a touch would make life better. She was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to save her.

Dr. Morris went to Jordan to answer the call to train pastors, students, and anyone who wanted to learn about God’s Word. He discovered hungry hearts in a land we often think of as being violent and darkened—“veiled” to the truth. And yet, he encountered teachers and students alike who expressed a constant yearning for more information. They wanted to know what the Bible said not only about creation but also about life. He said the questions were endless, the days were long, and he was constantly “on call” to teach the Word of God.

In our feature article this month, “Hungry Hearts in the Middle East,” you’ll find more details of ICR’s trip to Jordan—how Dr. Morris taught, answered questions, and encountered many who were eager to learn more about the Bible (pages 5-8). Throughout their stay, the Morrises and Michael received countless requests for more ICR resources and information.

The needs in Jordan went beyond the classrooms, church sanctuaries, and seminary training center. The needs extended far beyond the planned sessions—they weren’t contained to classrooms or even wheelchairs. On buses and at dining room tables, people wanted to know more. They wanted answers, information, and help. Ultimately, they wanted to know more about God. They ached for the truth. They needed a touch from Jesus.

* Jayme Durant is Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2015. Just a Touch. Acts & Facts. 44 (5).

The Latest
NEWS
Human Genome 20th Anniversary—Junk DNA Hits the Trash
The first rough drafts of the human genome were reported in 2001 (one in the private sector and one in the public sector).1-2 Since then, after...

NEWS
Bacterial Proteins Use Quantum Mechanics
Researchers have found a dimmer switch inside a protein. It tunes the protein’s configuration to take advantage of quantum mechanics during photosynthesis....

NEWS
Dr. Bill Cooper, ICR’s Adjunct Professor, Now in Glory
Earlier last month on March the 9th, Dr. William R. Cooper, ICR’s Master Faculty (known to ICR-SOBA’s faculty as “Dr. Bill” since...

NEWS
Inside April 2021 Acts & Facts
How will ICR expand biblical creation education this year? How do fossilized fish and land creatures confirm Genesis history? Does recent research support...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Bees
You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation with ICR’s special Creation Kids learning...

ACTS & FACTS
Pleasure in Our Purpose
Eric Liddell was one of the most famous athletes of the 20th century and perhaps the greatest that Scotland ever produced. An international rugby player,...

APOLOGETICS
Beware Sinkholes and Other Failing Foundations
The sudden falling of some Christian schools can be compared to tiankengs, the geological term used for sinkholes that are at least 300 feet deep.1,2...

ACTS & FACTS
The Painted Desert: Fossils in Flooded Mud Flats
Brian Thomas, Ph.D., and Tim Clarey, Ph.D. The Painted Desert stretches across 120 miles of northern Arizona. Its sedimentary rocks show bright...

ACTS & FACTS
Does Recent Research Support Human Evolution?
In 1997, the Institute for Creation Research ran an Acts & Facts article on the lack of compelling evidence regarding our supposed evolution from...

ACTS & FACTS
Building a Perfectly Optimal Flying Machine
For thousands of years, people have dreamed of flying because they witnessed birds and knew it was possible. Inspired by a study of birds, the Wright...