Patrice Lyons*
Specialty: Optometry
*Name withheld for security reasons
Call to Missions

When I was 12 yrs old, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.

God also gave me the desire to pursue optometry as a profession. God placed this desire to use optometry for missions and to serve. I know that it is God who has called me to this work and to use it for His glory.

Over the past several years, I can only describe it as God pulling me towards full-time missions. This is where my heart's desire is. As Christians, we are all called to be missionaries, but it is just a matter of location. We are all called to commit wholeheartedly to living out the Gospel with our very lives.

Family and friends started seeing God's call on my life before I did, and this has been very encouraging and affirming. Moses is my favorite hero of faith due to his relatability and humanness. I can identify with Moses in his feelings of unworthiness, inadequacy, and extreme hesitancy to say yes to God's call. We are all unworthy servants but it is Jesus Himself who qualifies us.

Healthcare Mission Work

I am seeking to serve long-term on a healthcare team that is already present but needs eye care.

Through providing eye care and meeting real physical needs, the door for gospel conversations is opened. Time and again, we see Jesus first addressing physical needs as a way to open hearts to the truth.

Especially since I am a woman, my desire is to use my career as a means to reach women for Christ. By providing a crucial need, I trust that God will open doors for small groups and women's ministry.

My goal is also to strengthen the work of the team already there by opening new avenues of service- adding validity and credibility to their presence.

Anticipated Impact

1) For God to use me where the need is greatest and I can best be utilized.

2) For God to open new doors of ministry and new church plants among new people groups.

3) To strengthen, support, and encourage the local body of believers and the work already being done in the location God sends me to.