Emmanuel Ikwutah
Surgery Resident
Residency Location: Niger
Home Country: Nigeria
Tell us about your background

I was born into a Christian home in 1987, the 7th of 9 children. My parents (who have since passed away) ensured that we attended church and follow the way of the Lord.

I was 11 years when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and personal savior.  I realized at that time that going to church and doing good works wasn’t enough to secure eternal life. I had this conviction that something was missing in my life and the fact that I wasn’t sure of my salvation made me realize that I needed Jesus. From that day, it has been an amazing 21 years journey with Christ for me. Though there were ups and downs, the Lord kept me. My personal walk with Jesus has brought me indescribable joy and peace of mind. Even though some hard times, there was always calmness and assurance that all is working for my good. God has continually revealed Himself to me in amazing ways. This has made me to continually trust, hope and surrender to Him daily. No matter what the circumstance might have been, He always made a way for me.


I see being a Surgeon as an opportunity to share in the life-saving ministry of Jesus Christ. God has entrusted these skills in my hands to minister his healing power to people. Undertaking training in surgery is a way of equipping me to fully minister God’s healing and comfort to people. I see it as an avenue to alleviate the suffering of patients and prolong their lives. Through surgery, people would get to experience the love of God, His omnipotence and awesomeness. I am a tool in His hands to do His mighty purposes.

Where would you like to work?

I want to work with any mission hospital that is involved in taking care of underserved patients, especially the poor and the vulnerable. I want to serve my people in Nigeria  with the skills and knowledge I acquire. Furthermore, I want to share these skills and knowledge with other doctors so as to improve the standard of surgical practice in my community. For me, that is taking the medical practice to a whole new level of complete care,Ii.e. caring for the body, soul and spirit. And that is exactly what I desire to be doing as a doctor in the community that God calls me to after I complete my surgical training.

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