October 10, 2018 at 6:00 AM
By Dan Breen
Dr. Laszlo Vacko has mastered an art form of being quietly unsubtle.
Yes. I realize “quietly” and “unsubtle” mix almost as harmoniously as oil and water. It’s probably what makes his disciple-making method effective.
The Luke Society Transcarpathia doctor from Munkacs, Ukraine, isn’t a Bible thumper or a megaphone wielding orator. He doesn’t have to be to effectively share the Gospel message with his patients. A good many of his sermons are delivered without uttering a single word.
Laszlo might see a dozen or more patients on any given day. Without most of them even noticing, he uses his rolling desk chair as a pulpit. As patients take a seat in his consultation chair, Laszlo purposefully aligns his own chair in such a way that a patient’s wandering eye can’t help but notice the cross-stitched sampler on the wall above his head. It’s inscribed with a passage from James 5:15: “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.”
A little further back on his shelf is red-painted wooden heart with a quote from Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” The heart is right next to a framed sketch of four friends lowering their paralytic friend through the roof to meet Jesus.
And should Laszlo need to take a swig of coffee at any point, patients get an up-close look at the words of Isaiah 43:1 emblazoned on his favorite mug: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
Every time a patient makes note of his Scripture-filled office is an opportunity for Laszlo to open up about his Christian faith. The foundation of the Luke Society was established on the example Jesus himself provided in Matthew 9 when he went out to the villages, taught about his Father, preached the Good News of salvation and healed a host of physical ailments.
Like Laszlo, Luke Society directors around the world are modeling Jesus’ example each day. As they do, they are touching lives with the Truth. As you think about how to pray for the Luke Society, pray not only for the directors, but for the patients. Pray that the Holy Spirit would inspire them to plainly see the messages of salvation around them. Pray that just like the Philippian jailer in Acts 16, they would be inspired to ask, “What must I do to be saved?”