I love the Lord Jesus my Savior. I am a New Englander through and through. I love my state, my region, my country but never want to live there. I am a lab tech. I live on a ship. I have been called to Africa. Here is my story….
As I was preparing to leave for Africa I had a number of responses. Some people thought I was a little bit crazy. Others were excited for me and the opportunity that this was going to give me. My family and close friends said they were going to miss me but knew that overseas medical missions is something I have been working toward and praying about since before I finished college. It has not just been a goal but a calling.
But Why am I actually here?
I guess my story begins when I was a young child. Growing up in a church that made getting to know our missionaries a priority I would look forward every year to our “missions conference.” The flags would come out and line the sanctuary. We would eat a funny meal and we would hear about the work that was being done in all parts of the world. Although when I was very young I really just enjoyed it because the flags reminded me of the Olympics, I became more interested in sixth grade when our Sunday school class started writing to a missionary family and praying for them regularly.
I did not give much more thought to the idea of personally serving the Lord overseas in high school but went off to college thinking it would be fun to go to Africa one day and study the bizarre diseases that haunt from the deepest parts of the jungles. (Thank you Hot Zone and our wonderful Micro class)
One weekend in college I was on a retreat with a group of people I didn’t really know and found myself standing up saying I wanted to make a commitment to “go” to the nations. I couldn’t tell you who the speaker was or what the message was about, who I was rooming with or even what going into the outer nations bringing the Love of Jesus had to do with the rest of the retreat but none the less there it was. We were challenged to live out Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus says “All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all I have commanded you. And surly I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” I found myself saying “yes, okay, sounds good.”
After I got home this experience came and went and I continued on with my life as a freshman somewhat unchanged. I did get involved with a campus ministry that focuses on discipleship and bringing the love of Jesus to others, learned a lot, developed a heart for the nations, went to a church that made local and overseas missions a large priority and sooner or later realized that the night I stood up wasn’t just some moment I got caught up in but a real calling for my life.
I finished college, finished my Medical Lab Tech program and knew one day I would use the skills and gifts the Lord has given me to help the people in Africa by loving them and bringing healing to them both physically and spiritually.
So yes, it is an amazing opportunity, yes I am a little bit crazy but all in all, I am here because I feel this is where the Lord has called me to be. He has prepared my heart for this for years and has made it possible to be here and I thank Him every day for that!