Listen: Nurse and Samaritans Purse volunteer Joel McCoy in conversation with Stephen O’Doherty
Joel McCoy is a nurse working in Western Sydney. Trauma and stress are part of his daily routine.
When Joel heard a call out from Samaritans Purse to serve in an Emergency Field Hospital in the Middle East he did not hesitate.
What he did not know was that within a few short weeks he would be in Mosul in Iraq, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between ISIS and the Iraqi Government backed by Coalition forces.
His patients included both ISIS fighters and the local population, all being cared for in the same wards of the field hospital.
It was an opportunity to serve in the name of Jesus, and he would not hesitate to return.
Joel told Open House he had the opportunity to pray with many of the wounded, always explaining that he would like to pray in the name of Jesus.
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Among the predominantly Muslim patients, who included ISIS fighters, only once was he declined.
Joel told his story to Open House.