The Testimony of Nurse David Janno Paguio
By Mizpah Eunice Aguilar
Today, more than ever, the world understands what it means to be in the FRONTLINES. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, that word described people in the military who were in combat, but it did not include our daily heroes like doctors, nurses, grocery personnel, and food delivery drivers.
In the Bible, God called and commissioned us all to be FRONTLINERS. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, God called us ambassadors and representatives – in short, frontliners!
“Therefore, we are AMBASSADORS for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”
This is what the testimony of a registered nurse and Christ follower, David Janno Paguio is about. This is his story of choosing faith in the midst of pandemic.
Nurse Janno served in the medical field for more than a decade as a surgical nurse. As a young boy, he dreamt of becoming a field news reporter because he enjoyed communication and loved listening to people. Thirteen years into being a nurse, he witnessed the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world. He found himself in a very challenging, yet special situation.
Nurse Janno was supposed to fly to Germany in November 2019, hoping to find a better future as a nurse and a future doctor. “To work and to be recognized as a Medical Practioner in Germany is actually my dream job. But I wasn’t able to fly because of the quarantine measures caused by Covid-19. I felt bad because my dream was delayed.” Instead of being afraid and losing hope, he courageously took this opportunity to bring light into his workplace by sharing the Gospel and Christ’s love to his patients.
“I asked the Lord, ‘Why did You let this thing happen?’ I had prayed for 3 years to move to Germany. In my mind, I fulfilled my mission here in the Philippines, and that it was now time for me to be promoted in my career. I felt disappointed every time I saw pictures of my colleagues who were already in Germany. Well, I can say that I felt a little bit jealous.” That delay really tested Nurse Janno’s faith, but God’s plan was different from his.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, Nurse Janno’s assignment was to conduct house-to-house consultations and treatments because the OPD (Out-Patient Department) in the hospital was closed. It was because of this work assignment that he met Lolo Andres – an abandoned, sickly, old man who needed medical care and attention. Upon checking on Lolo Andres, Nurse Janno knew that he needed urgent medical help. He did all he could to assist Lolo Andres in his home. Thankfully, Lolo Andres responded well with the treatments.
Nurse Janno, who has an innate love for communication and the desire to represent Christ wherever he can, found a way to explain to Lolo Andres the need for a Savior and healer. It was in this moment that Lolo Andres accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior! What a wonderful way to shed light in the darkness! With help from a friend, Nurse Janno continued to monitor Lolo Andres. On the second day, his friend and colleague was surprised to find that the dextrose attached to Lolo Andres’ body had been changed. When she asked Lolo Andres about it, he simply responded, “Jesus, came and changed it.” Nurse Janno and his friend were both astounded! How was this possible? No other answer was given, except for Lolo Andres’ new faith in a Savior and healer – Jesus!
The next day, when Nurse Janno and his friend came to check on Lolo Andres again, they found out that he had died. They rushed him to the Emergency Room, but Lolo Andres was declared dead on arrival. Nurse Janno and his friend were comforted to know that even if Lolo Andres died, he was able to meet his Savior beforehand.
Even in the midst of death, there is hope. Nurse Janno says of this, “This was a very special experience for me because I realized that God is ever present all throughout the process.” Janno allowed the Lord to work in His life even when he didn’t fully understand all of the situations that God allowed to happen. Yielding to God gave him the breakthrough of peace when it came to events outside his control.
One day, one of Nurse Janno’s friends who moved to Germany called him to ask for prayer because he tested positive for Covid-19. “I feel sad for him and the Lord reminded me of the many questions I threw at him when my supposed move to Germany was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now I realized that sometimes we might not understand the art of delay, but all we need to do is trust God’s process. Oftentimes, delay means protection!” Nurse Janno was able to minister to his friend and pray for him.
For Nurse Janno, being a frontliner is not only a job description but a CALLING. In the midst of the pandemic, he looks to God as His source of provision. “When I see God’s provision, when He renews my strength– there is joy in my heart!” As a Frontliner, Nurse Janno finds rest and satisfaction in God alone. Of this he says, “I believe that there is a need to share the Gospel to people I meet because it is not only our physical bodies that need healing; we also need spiritual healing!”
At present, Nurse Janno continues to serve in whatever capacity through his profession. “Now while I’m studying medicine, I continue to render home health care services for patients who cannot go to the hospital due to Covid-19. All glory and honor to the Lord!” Nurse Janno looks forward to bringing them the same hope that Lolo Andres experienced through Jesus.
May we all find courage to step into our calling as FRONTLINERS as we represent the Kingdom of God. May we all thrive in our identity and the place God has called us to be— the place of possibility and potential! Old or young, healthy or unwell, employed or not – we are all called to be in the FRONTLINES.
“Therefore GO and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”