Friday, January 17, 2020

Encouraged and Supported

As Kristie and prepare to leave for Tenwek Hospital, we have so greatly appreciated all of the love, support and encouragement that we have received.  This past week has been especially encouraging to us. 
Monday started out by getting together with our Lifegroup spending time watching medical missions videos, discussing and praying for Kristie and I's trip.  Being vulnerable and asking for prayer and help is not easy for us; but when we are, it feels like incredible burdens are lifted from us.  Hearing each of them pray for us, our trip and everyone involved with the trip made us feel so incredibly loved.   
Picture below of those that joined in prayer on Monday Night

On Tuesday, Kristie created a "Meal Train for Pepsny kids and Caregivers" and received immediate signups.  Providing a meal may feel like a small gesture to some, but is an incredible blessing for us.  We are so thankful for this. This is just another example of how we have had those support and love our family.  
Wednesday came around and I received a call from a gentleman that I have done business with that sells medical equipment.  It was an incredibly encouraging conversation about how for the past 43 years his company has been providing medical equipment and biomedical training to mission hospitals in Africa. I was blown away by his encouragement as this is a man who understands it and knows the importance of giving so much to providing Christ's love to those who are in extreme poverty.  He is currently taking on a very large project of providing medical equipment and biomedical services to mission hospitals specifically in Zambia over the next 3 years.  Hearing a glimpse of the challenges as well as the rewards that he and his family have faced over the past 43 years made me see the bigger picture of how everyone plays a role in the Great Commission.  He and his wife's desire to support us in this pursuit is another example of great deal of encouragement and support that we are receiving.  
About a week ago I received a message from a Pharmacist who has a passion and ministry for helping those who want to serve in medical missions.  Surprisingly, he is the father of a good friend of ours that we recently became reconnected with.  He has received numerous regional and national awards for his pharmaceutical experience, projects, and contribution to service.  I had no idea the passion and love that this man had for helping those who are traveling.  We met yesterday evening and shared stories and I was able to listen to how for the past 16 years he has been providing a Travel Wellness plan, mission trip coordination, medication coordinator, medication procurement for those who are going on overseas on missions.  His heart and ability to understand over the counter medications and how they help with preventative care when traveling is remarkable.  I'm so happy he reached out to us and let us know one way that he can help.  
Below is a picture of what Missionary Rx provided.

The conversations, prayers, and actions of so many wonderful people have made it possible for us to begin to really focus on the vision for medical missions that God has for our family.  Our hearts go out to all of those who have and are giving their time and energy to our family with the idea that this trip is playing a crucial role in furthering the Great Commission by sharing the love of Jesus to others through medical missions. 

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