God always has a plan! Many times we can’t see or immediately experience that plan because our hearts aren’t ready. When we truly stop and seek God’s plans for our lives and give our hearts completely to him amazing things begin to happen.
One of those amazing things in my life was God using my medical talent on a mission trip with Nurses for the Nations to serve at a young boy’s academy (Buena Vista Sports Academy) and home visitations in Guatemala.
Here I was thinking I could possibly change someone else’s life by serving them when God used this adventure to change my life. I could never record every detail of my trip. God used so many circumstances to bring about a change in me and even though I didn’t recognize it at the time, the changes are apparent to me now after
God desires each of us to have a servant’s heart: to use our talents he has blessed us with for His service –and it includes His mission of going out and sharing the gospel with others. We share through our actions, our deeds, our support and our words by being compassionate.
I was blessed to serve the young boys at the BVSA through a medical clinic organized and supported by Nurses For the Nations. By providing a forum for health physicals our team was able to share our medical talents while sharing the gospel of Christ through compassion and service not only to the boys but their families as well. I was also blessed to experience humble gratitude for our service.
It is amazing to see how God uses others to bring change. Getting to know and work with N4N’s partners: the Davis and Johnson families who are missionaries to the area are a gift I will always cherish. Meeting Dr. Carlos and his family was an honor. I cherished the sacrifice of one man who left his country for medical training and then returned to serve his country with this same medical training to help his people. He is truly a man who loves God.
A defining moment for me was meeting Caesar, a man who has a disease where his bones and joints fuse together; a man basically paralyzed; confined to a bed who appears to have no quality of life yet has more quality of life than many of us who move about freely day in and day out. He taught me what it really means to love God with all of your heart and all of your soul. To experience the love of God through his life circumstance was something that profoundly made a difference in me. I can honestly say that I experienced the wonderful presence of God after that home visit. It was an encounter that has changed my life; a personal experience that taught me what a servant’s heart is really about.