Pre-med Students In Africa

Our young friend Liam is still an undergrad, but hopes to someday be accepted to medical school.  His Christian university organized a six-week medical mission trip for pre-med  students to be a support to the medical missionaries at a hospital run by Samaritan’s Purse in a country in West Africa. Liam was able to raise most of his financial support from friends and church and was eagerly looking forward to accompanying eight other team members.

The flight from California was long, but the students were fired up and ready.  Upon arrival they were suddenly overwhelmed with heat and humidity. The first few days Liam developed fever, dysentery,  heat rash and a bad reaction to the antibiotics.  His emails home were full of complaints about his intestinal issues, the mosquitoes and the unbelievable heat and humidity.  Moreover, his sleeping quarters had no air conditioning!  He asked for prayer and encouragement from God’s Word.

His family at home prayed and sent Scripture verses to keep him going.  A week later there was a marked change!  It seemed he had recovered!  He wrote that things were going much better and he was actually experiencing joy!  He had watched his first surgery, was learning a great deal from shadowing doctors, and even helping them with mundane chores.

Then he said, “I’m realizing this trip–and my life in general, is not about me.  Please pray that I can be a blessing to these missionaries and that I can be thankful for my time here.”

I’d say God answered prayer!  Would you agree?

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Pre-med Students In Africa

  1. Liana says:

    In Christ there is always victory. Praise God for this opportunity, his healing, and the lessons learned.

  2. Frank King says:

    I do believe that pray and the inspiration of the Scriptures made a marked difference. We should never underestimate the power of prayer and of the Word of God.

    • Kathleen says:

      Oh, I certainly agree! Unfortunately it seems that when God answers prayer we often find it hard to believe that He really IS faithful! Answered prayer does build up faith.

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