My motivation for becoming a missionary is multifactorial. Firstly, I am tremendously thankful and humbled to be called a physician. Thus, with this gift, I truly want to use it completely to glorify God. This involves using medicine as a key to navigating the world so I can spread the gospel. The beauty of medicine is that it can cross geographical lines, ethnic and cultural barriers, and many other perceived limitations that could impede the spread of the gospel.
The two Bible verses that really resonate within me are,
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”- Matt 28:19
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”- Isaiah 6:8
The people who have inspired me are missionaries who I met at the Christian Medical Dental Association Remedy Conference in Orlando, FL. There were many guest speakers who shared their experiences as a missionary including those who served at Tenwek Hospital.
At the completion of residency, I want to fully incorporate spiritual healing and counseling in my work. Thus, I want to spend 2 years at Tenwek hospital to immerse myself in a Christian missions setting and gain valuable insight into incorporating evangelism with medicine. I plan to continue my missionary work after this (whether at Kenya or another location), but it would be greatly beneficial for my loans to be covered.
I sought a profession where I could be intimately involved in a person’s wellbeing so we could develop a trusting and nurturing relationship. Part of gaining that trust and bond with a patient is to have a candid atmosphere to infuse them with the teachings of the Bible. Of supreme importance is spirituality. From a health standpoint, I want my patients to understand that their body is a temple of God. It needs to be taken good care of, and it should be honorable in the sight of God. In addition, we ought to transform our minds and renew the way we think instead of conforming to the ideals of the world. The Bible is replete of such valuable and priceless insight that directly pertains to our health and wellbeing, so I want to fully incorporate it into my practice of medicine. I am tremendously grateful and thankful to call myself a physician, and I want to use my God-given talents to glorify and honor God by extending the kingdom.
1) Introducing non-believers to Jesus Christ
2) Strengthening the faith of existing believers
3) Learning more about tropical medicine, delving deeper into theology, increasing my faith. Ultimately having the training necessary (tropical medicine/Eastern medicine) to continue travelling and sharing the gospel.