| Jun 15, 2013
Day Three: Federal Way to South Tacoma, WA
20 miles walked today
167 miles to go
In my nearly 16 years of service with Medical Teams International, there has never been a boring day. Each day, in some way, God has shown up.
Today was no different.
In the morning, as I walked along my route for the day, I looked across an intersection and was surprised to see three women holding a big sign congratulating me on my service with Medical Teams International. One was Shari Monson, a member of our board of directors, who had agreed to walk with me today. To my surprise, Shari took along her mom and her daughter, who has just graduated from Seattle Pacific University.
The four of us walked together for a while and then headed toward one of our mobile dental clinics, which was being held at a large church right along my route.
Inside the van, we found Debbee Hanson, our van manager, who introduced us to the three dental volunteers serving on the van that day. One of the volunteers, Dr. Nguyen, had just completed his fourth year of service with us. Dr. Nguyen told us that he had been forced to flee Vietnam as a refugee in 1975.
Dr. Nguyen had left Vietnam with nothing, not even shoes on his feet. But, he told us that God had blessed him with the opportunity to work, to go to school, and to become successful dentist. That’s why he was working on our van – to put his faith into practice and to give back to others who needed help, just as he received help when he came to the U.S.
Our partner who was hosting the van at this site was not the church where the van was parked but a group of Christian motorcyclists called the Tribe of Judah. For four years, the Tribe of Judah has hosted this clinic to serve motorcyclists in the Puget Sound area.
Most of the motorcyclists who came to the clinic would never visit a church. But, they are comfortable with people who ride motorcycles, who wear leather, and who are part of the motorcycle culture.
It was such a joy to talk with Tribe of Judah members. While I wasn’t wearing black and didn’t arrive on a motorcycle, that didn’t make a difference. We embraced as members of God’s family, united by a common purpose of showing the love of Christ to those who were suffering.
And, I was truly blessed by this meeting. One of the members shared a word of prophecy with me about my personal future that was filled with hope and grace. Then, we joined hands and a member of the Tribe of Judah prayed for me and for all of us involved with Medical Teams International.
I must say, if you’ve been prayed for by someone from the Tribe of Judah, you have been truly blessed.
God showed up in a very unexpected way at our mobile dental clinic today. He showed up in Debbee Hanson, our dental van manager, and our three dental volunteers, including a Christian dentist who came to this country as a refugee. And, God showed up in a group of motorcyclists who are committed to Christ and to serving those who are in need.
As a result, we experienced a taste of heaven today. At our clinic, people from different cultures, with different skills and experiences, people whose paths would normally not cross, came together because they share a common faith and a common commitment to do what they can to help those whom Jesus called “the least of these.”
Heaven touches earth when people act on their faith and invite God to bless their efforts.
That happens every day at Medical Teams International.
I’m so glad it happened today.