Last night in Cameroon (I think!)
| Oct 04, 2012
I just got home from dinner and a Bible Study with 20 medical people, including 14 American medical missionaries and 2 Australians, whom I would never have known if I hadn't come here. Roy Winslow, a General Surgeon from Michigan, came in 2 days ago and will be here for 4 weeks. He has done this for years and spent a lot of time in Rwanda, where he and his wife were evacuated by the Marines in 1994 during the genocide. He, like everyone else I have encountered here, is an amazing guy and model of servanthood. He works in the same multispecialty group that sent Dan and Elaine Metzger, family practice docs who went home Sunday, and Rick and Debbie Bardin, the pathologist and HIV nurse who are here permanently. Their group supports this type of service and has a number of long term missionaries that they fund as well as short term people like Roy and the Metzgers.
I never knew such work was being done in the name of Christ before coming here. This has been a wonderful experience and I would encourage anyone interested in medical missions in any capacity to just do it. All my fears before coming were basically unfounded, the Christian fellowship was beyond my expectations, and the sense of fulfillment would be difficult to surpass. The blessing that you receive from coming to a setting like this far outweighs the work that you give. And you don't have to be a doctor or nurse to serve in places like this - anyone with a desire to serve can find a role where they can bless others.
It sure puts life in perspective.
I came here through Medical Teams International in partnership with the Cameroon Baptist Convention, and I am thankful for their leadership. They have many opportunities worldwide for people who are interested. Other organizations like Samaritan's Purse, Global Health Outreach and others were responsible for placing some of the others here, both short term and long term, so there are many avenues available.