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The administrator at Mills Health and Rehab Center describes how blessed his facility was to make the wish of a local, terminally ill girl come true.


As part of our mission work at Mills Health and Rehab Center, an Adventist Care Centers facility, we host an annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the community based on the story of creation. We've had this event for three years now with it growing each year, and have had up to 73 kids from ages 4 to 12. It has been such a success in positively impacting employee engagement and community involvement. I believe God has truly been working through us.

One of our popular VBS segments is "Animal Tales," which features a variety of animals, including a giant, 16-foot boa constrictor, which just so happened to be the favorite reptile of a young hospice patient with terminal metastatic cancer. Before one of the VBS programs, her hospice nurse contacted me to see if it would be ok to bring her to see the giant snake. She said seeing a boa constrictor was one of her patient's greatest wishes, but that she was too ill to travel to the nearest zoo. I readily agreed.

It's amazing to see how God uses us for things like this. The visit made an impact on the young patient, and I am so thankful that God gave us the opportunity to accomplish more than we could imagine.