Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Over eighteen days, two teams, consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, students, pharmacy support, quilters, bubble blowers, and all-around hand-holders, left the comfort of their homes, their families and their community to give of themselves in Africa. Our teams were in Ghana, Kenya & Uganda. Our teams experienced eating new foods; for some, using a passport for the first time; sleeping in unfamiliar environments; driving on less than smooth, well-maintained roads; waking at dawn and returning at night, just in time for a late dinner before falling asleep in their beds. Our teams found themselves immersed in their new surroundings. They held hands, wiped away tears, received hugs, danced, laughed, cried, and provided preventative as well as restorative care to over 3500 men, women, children and babies over the course of their combined 10 medical clinic days. Beyond medical care and treatment, our teams also discipled and spread the word of Christ. For some this was done quietly, through a gently held hand. For some it was a discussion over learning to quilt. For others, it was as they worshiped in the local community; hands raised and hearts opened.
Trust in the Lord. It may not always be easy to do. For 22 individuals, who listened to God’s call. Who got on a plane and traveled the globe. They demonstrated to those they witnessed to as well as to themselves, that we all must and we all can, “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Trust is not easy. Trust requires you to cast aside your fears and your worry and have faith. Trust requires vulnerability and during a mission trip, trust also requires an open and forgiving heart. One Community says “Thank You” to those who demonstrated their Trust in the Lord over those 18 days. “Thank You” to those who supported from home, and sent their loved ones to serve God in Africa. And, a very big “Thank You” to those who allowed us into their lives and touched our hearts, for we have all learned, that while you can return home, and clean the African soil from your clothes, Africa will always remain in our hearts. So grateful for the trust that lead 22 individuals on a journey to Africa and to witnessing Life Change across the globe. To help change the world, One Community at a time.