There is too much violent and negative news in the last several years from CNN, NBC, FOX, and other major news media. We are sometimes depressed as we are silently watching what has happened in the world in the last several years. We have tried our best to protect our kids and help them grow in our good 918 Air Cadet Squadron. Many thanks to everyone to make this squadron a success in the last four years!
We thought that we should post a positive article that touched our hearts. We hope this story will also touch your hearts.
The brutal Ukrainian war today is reminiscent of the Crimean war that took place almost 170 years ago in the same location. Human arrogance and selfish stupidity seem to be passed down from generation to generation, and we repeat the mistakes of the past over and over again. However, in this dark slaughter and hatred, love and compassion silently reduce the pain and disaster caused by human errors.
In 1854, after more than a year of killing and war, Florence Nightingale came to Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea, to care for wounded British soldiers. Before this, wounded soldiers of the French army were cared for by Catholic nuns, and wounded soldiers of the Tsarist Russian army were also cared for by the Sisters of Mercy of the Orthodox church, while wounded British soldiers were left unattended. At that time, supplies were scarce, water sources were insufficient, and sanitary conditions were extremely poor. Nightingale overcame various difficulties, improved hospital logistics services, environmental sanitation, established a hospital management system, and improved the quality of nursing so that the death rate of the wounded and sick dropped sharply from 42% to 2%. Nightingale not only showed extraordinary organizational skills but also deeply touched the care and love for the wounded soldiers. She assists doctors in performing operations to relieve the pain of patients; cleans and bandages wounds and cares for the wounded; writes letters for soldiers to comfort them; As night fell, she carried a small oil lamp and went down the rough road, checking the wounded and sick from bed to bed in the camp four miles away. Soldiers affectionately called her “Lady Lantern” and “Angel of Crimea”. The wounded wrote: “The lights flickered and drifted over, and the cold night seemed to be filled with warmth… Hundreds of us lay there, and when she came, we struggled to kiss her slender figure floating on the wall. , and then lie back on the pillow contentedly.” This is the so-called “shadow kiss.” She comforted them, wrote letters to their families, without regard for personal safety, and in the midst of all kinds of deadly infectious diseases, she reflected the light of the mercy of Jesus Christ. After many soldiers returned to England, Nightingale’s achievements in the field hospital were compiled into pamphlets and countless poems circulated around the world. There is a poem, still recited 50 years later when British soldiers meet again, in which Nightingale is described as: “She was unselfish, with a pure heart, she gave her life for the suffering soldier. ; she prays for the dying, and she gives peace to the brave. She knows the warriors have a soul that needs to be saved, the wounded love her, as we have seen and heard… Pray for God to give her strength to let her heart Never stop dancing. Miss Nightingale – God’s greatest blessing to us.”
After the war, she returned to England and spent the remaining 50 years of her time working to improve hospital administration and patient care. In 1860 she started a nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, and today there are thousands of nursing schools thanks to her love for Christ. In 1866, with the strong support of Nightingale, the International Society of the Red Cross was established. In thousands of years of human conflict, for the first time, a worldwide organization, the International Red Cross, has brought love and compassion to the wounded soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war.
Florence Nightingale is also one of the founders of statistics science and data visualization. She invented pie charts to summarize the data of wounded British soldiers during the Crimean war.