Good morning everyone!
Today is Day two of our Medical Clinic and we are well underway. Today we have taught the 82 shepherds about many common forms of cancer that are found in eSwatini, the top three most common being Cervical, Kaposi Sarcoma, and Prostate Cancer. We have also taught the shepherds about tough subjects, such as abuse and puberty (which we are currently on as I type this). We even had the wonderful chance to interview a few of the shepherds to get their input on what they were most looking forward to at the beginning of the medical training and what they have gotten from the medical training now.
Tomorrow we will be at the carepoint working with the children at Mkhombokati and helping out in the new computer lab and have some other fun surprises going on.
We do also have another story from one of our first timers this year, Stephanie, who has been helping out with our sponsorship and worship committees.
It doesn’t really make sense that I’m here in eSwatini right now, but I knew I needed to be. I originally went to info meetings for both Guatemala and Swaziland (back when it was Swaziland) simply because I was intrigued by Capital’s strong missions focus. I left both thinking, “That’s cool, maybe later I’ll think about going. Definitely not now, though.” When the info meeting for the September trip rolled around, I wasn’t going to go until a friend (who’s on the team with me now) encouraged me to come on in, just because. A couple hours later, I left the café with this thought, “Okay God, I’m going aren’t I?”
God made it very clear from then on that I was supposed to go serve in eSwatini for some reason unknown to me. This would be my first time going on a mission trip with a church community, rather than a volunteer trip with another type of organization. I’m a fairly new Christian, as well. I was saved seven years ago in college and baptized four years ago (my rebirthday is my favorite day!). Right at the beginning of prepping for this trip, I switched jobs and took a pay cut, but I trusted that God would provide everything I needed. And He did, just like He always does.
Weeks leading up to our send-off, I prayed incessantly about why I specifically was going on this trip. This is a medical mission trip and I am definitely not a medical professional. Comically, I get queasy during most of the casual medical stories my teammates swap. I’m a teacher, but I have minimal experience teaching about health topics. I asked God why I’m here, but the answer wasn’t even remotely clear to me until I was actually here.
The team and I have been in eSwatini only a few days now, but I’m finally realizing God’s purpose for me here – serving, and only serving. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean that this trip has nothing to do with me. I’m not here to pass along medical knowledge, I’m not here to run the show logistically, and I’m not here to teach, like I assumed I might be. I’m here strictly to serve others, which is incredible! Giving up myself and my wants in order to love perfect strangers and, of course, my teammates is a truly beautiful thing. I’ve tried to practice selflessness before, but not like this. God works in crazy ways. He’s brought me halfway around the world to obey Him, love others, and learn to not make life all about me. He is faithful and predictable – just like Troy has preaches. I pray the Jesus helps me continue to obey and be more like Him! This trip still holds many opportunities for obedience and imperfect practice of selflessness, and I’m so excited to see what He keeps doing through this team. And I can’t say enough how glad I am that I trusted and obeyed the first thing God told me in regards to this mission – GO!
Feel free to hop over to the blog for some additional information about the Medical Training from today and some pictures.