I am a nurse and I met Dr. Bert while working at the hospital in the USA. My husband, Jack and I also went to church with Dr. Bert. Jack and I had talked about serving in Meskine, but it was never ‘convenient.’ Dr. Bert called one day saying ‘this is God calling and you are to go to Meskine.’ We prayed for a few days and the decision was easy because we knew it was God’s will for us to go. We had only four months to prepare, but MCWA prepared us very well. We served as teachers at the Barefoot Academy for field worker's children for the 1998-99 school year. Jack had taught Jr. High math and I had only taught Sunday School. We had six students who ranged in age from preschoolers to 6th graders. It was amazing to me how the Lord provided for the hospital – they had done so much with so little. The employees were great – very dedicated and talented, especially in surgery.
It is really cool to worship the Lord in a mud hut at ‘the ends of the earth’ with people very different from you - it is truly a blessing.
Africa is SO different; you just have to experience it. God taught me to bloom where I was planted and to be content no matter what. The Body of Christ is a team; each one of us is valuable and needed. We need to be available and listening for His call and His will for us in different seasons of our life. I would encourage others to serve at least one short-term mission because it is a life-changing experience. My advice is to pray, prepare well, expect the unexpected, be flexible, have fun and love all of God’s people. It is really cool to worship the Lord in a mud hut at ‘the ends of the earth’ with people very different from you – it is truly a blessing.