Tuesday, November 29, 2011

God at Work! : MEDSEND

Hello to All! 
Recounting God's hand at work these past few weeks...
1. Project MEDSEND!!! 

On the last day of SPLICE training I received an urgent email. 
I had been in the process of applying to MEDSEND for their loan repayment grant. God had very clearly provided a way to attend Cedarville University, through a new student loan that had been released. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and double minor in Cross-cultural Nursing and Bible, leaving me well-equipped to head out into the nursing profession, but despite numerous scholarships, in debt around $67,000.
The past 2 years that have followed, I have been living as simply as I can in order to pay off the school loans, by God's grace I was able to reduce that debt to $34,500! 
However, this remaining debt would still prevent me from leaving for the mission field. 

That's where Medsend comes in. 
Medsend is an organization of Christian medical professionals with a heart for missions.
They have sacrificed and put together a "common pot" where they are willing to pay for school loans of medical professionals while they are on the mission field so that they are able to serve the Lord in medical missions.

So on that last day of SPLICE, a couple weeks ago, I received an urgent email to call Medsend. I wasn't really sure what they were going to say, but it didn't look good. 
On the phone with them it was made clear that they wanted to approve me but there was a snag with the format of one of the loans and they weren't sure they were able to approve me for the Parents Plus Loan- the loan that had allowed me to attend Cedarville in the first place and constituted the largest portion of my debt. 
They told me they were having a meeting in the next hour which would determine their decision. 
I realized in that moment that this very hour they were deciding not only whether or not I would receive the grant, but whether I would go to the mission field at all. 
It was a long hour. 
I announced it to the class at SPLICE and during that hour we prayed as our activities went on.
The end of the hour came.
I gave them a few more minutes....
they called back. 
They had found a loop hole regarding the loan and were able to approve me for the Medsend grant!
I was still going to Gabon after all...

I remain amazed at how God uses the body, with each of our individual gifting, to accomplish HIS purpose- to bring those unto Himself, and to make HIS name great among the nations! To each of you reading, you are all part of His purpose along this journey, thank you!
Thank You to Project MEDSEND and all who worked so tirelessly to find that loop hole! 
Thank you to our Great God, who works all things together, according to HIS purpose!

With Joy,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Slice of SPLICE and C&MA Headquarters.

Hello Everyone! 
These past 14 days have been a whirlwind as I've returned from 3 weeks of SPLICE training in Colorado and attended Pre-field orientation at C&MA headquarters. 
God has been doing amazing things in the days since being back, and the countdown to departure gets shorter and shorter! 
I have a few days to catch my breath, so I'm excited to share with all you what our Great God has been doing! 
But first............a brief slice of SPLICE, a snapshot of the 3 weeks =)

C&MA Headquarters, Colorado Springs
 The afternoon following the end of SPICE, the couple other C&MA international workers and I headed for C&MA headquarters, just a 30 min drive or so from where we had stayed for SPLICE. We spent a day and a half in orientation at the National office for some necessary paperwork and in-services before leaving for the field. We really enjoyed getting to know each other, fellow C&MA family, during our 3 weeks in Colorado.

MTI Training Center
Where we lived, studied and played and some of the people who made it memorable =)

The sunrise outside my window one morning...

...a great way to worship at the start of a new day.

Our dedicated instructors, Tim and Robin =)

Another lively and challenging lecture from Robin
Sarah, ministering with her family to the Native Americans

A fellow redhead ....=)

Stones of testimony - that we may not forget what God has done these 3 weeks!

To remember when the road is tough...


My sisters in Kenya...totally coming to visit! ;-)

Growth group....Love you girls!! =)

Mandy with her family to Uganda

Fellow nurse =) Jean to Ethiopia

I LOVE airplanes!

My friend Grace and I enjoying lunch at an airstrip restaurant with her family.

Saying Goodbyes....

Our SPLICE family.
Thank you for praying for these 3 weeks!
They were indispensable as I prepare for the mission field.