Like many girls, I had my future planned out. For me, it was go to college, meet my future husband, graduate, get married, and raise a family. Well, God had other plans. Over the next 14 years, God was going to show me that His plans surpass any of mine. It started when I failed out of the nursing program at Pensacola Christian College, not once, but twice. I was so lost and confused. My planned future was crumbling before me. I prayed daily asking God, “WHY?”. I decided to get my CNA license and start working in a hospital while completing prerequisites for the nursing program at the local community college. Over the next 4 years, I had multiple people encourage me to go back to school. I was scared, scared I'd just fail again. I was happy being a CNA and serving in my church. When I was accepted after my first application, I knew this is what God had for me. After graduating, I was offered a job on our step down open heart unit where I’m still working today.
The year after graduating I met the man I thought I was going to marry. I was 28 years old (not getting any younger, as my patients tend to tell me) and ready to settle down. When those plans changed, I was devastated...again. I remember thinking, “I will never get married, I’m just going to be single the rest of my life.” A few weeks went by, which consisted of a great deal of praying and diving in God’s Word. I remember wanting to serve on a medical missions trip, but only once I had my RN. Our teens at church had just been to Guyana with MMO that summer. I thought, “I’m single, why not do something I've dreamed of doing?!” So, I got online, found the Honduras trip and applied. I was told that I was the last one accepted and needed to get in everything ASAP. Oh, did I mention this was the end of November and the trip was the beginning of January?
Trip day is here, I get to Atlanta, and I know absolutely NO ONE! That soon changed. I made numerous friends on that trip. One friend, Grace, and I decided to go back to Honduras in August that next year. I then went back for a third time in January. When you fall in love with the people and have kids asking you if you are coming back, how can you say no? Back track to the first trip. The Rearick Surgical Center was under way, and I thought, “WOW! How awesome would it be to come and serve here?! But, I wasn't a surgical nurse and knew pretty much NOTHING about woman's health except what I had learned on that trip.” Because of that, I thought I wasn't qualified (little did I know). The next two trips I had friends asking me why I didn‘t come and stay and serve in the children's home or the surgical center. I specifically remember before a service on my 3rd trip, a friend asking me those questions. I made an excuse of , “I’m the only one in town to take care of my parents (My mom just had a kidney transplant), I just bought a new house and have 2 cats”. Her response was, “Don’t you think God will provide someone to take care of your parents?”. Ouch! “And take care of your house and cats?”. I didn’t want to admit it, but I knew she was right.
I ended up serving on a trip to Kenya summer of 2019 and then Peru in 2020. After each trip, my nurse manager and church family would tell me how much I glowed. I knew I had a burden for medical missions, but was lost as to how to get more involved. The beginning of January, a few weeks before Peru, my burden grew to the point of telling God I was willing to be single the rest of my life if this is what He had for me. I reached out to Becky Pope who took time to talk with me and give me Godly direction. I was presented with an extended service opportunity, and sought Godly council. My assistant pastor asked me, “Did God give you an open door? Then walk through it. Keep walking through open till He shuts one and opens another.” I reached out to Bradley as well and after talking with him, much prayer and many tears, I realized this trip wasn’t what God had for me. God shut that door, but He opened up a new door. My desire and burden to work in Honduras at the Rearick Surgical Center and with Team Honduras was made known to Bradley during this time. We had planned a trip for me to come up to Baltimore in March when Corona-19 broke out. Again, God had other plans. In July 2020, God allowed me to take that trip and officially join MMO. Through the years, Psalm 37:4 would come to mind, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” It might not be what I had planned as a little girl, but oh, how God has blessed me!
I'm excited to see what God has planned for me as I start deputation. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with me financially as I prepare to share the love of Christ in Honduras? But more than financial support, I need your prayers. Please pray for me as I take this next step of faith.
If you would like to partner with me financially, you can give online, or mail a check to:
Medical Missions Outreach
289 Jonesboro Rd, Suite 364
McDonough, GA 30253
Thank you for your prayers and support.