I cannot even begin to fully express how much God has done in my life through the Honduras Medical mission trip. As a freshman, I was so excited about all of the opportunities that Lipscomb Missions had to offer when I went to the missions fair in the fall. I had been to Honduras on summer mission trips in high school, and the people of Honduras would always have a little piece of my heart. After seeing all of the incredible trips that were available, I couldn’t help but be drawn back to the place where God first ignited my passion for missions.
I knew that I had to go back to Honduras. Being a pre-nursing student, I was really excited about participating in my first medical mission trip and learning how I could use my future profession to serve others. Little did I know that I would spend the next four years investing in and becoming a leader of this trip. Each year was different from the year before it, but we learned to embrace the change and trust that God is always in control.
As my skills in the nursing field developed, I was able to take on more and more responsibility each year. As a freshman, I helped wherever I could, whether that was sorting medications in the pharmacy, playing with the kids while the parents saw the doctor, or translating prescription directions for the patients before they left. As a sophomore, I was able to help take vital signs on approximately 800 patients; that practice was extremely valuable when I got to my first week of nursing school junior year, and we were taught how to take blood pressures in lab. My junior year, we were short on registered nurses, so my close friend, fellow nursing student and student leader, Rachel DePrimo, and I had the opportunity to step into the nurse’s role of taking health histories and chief complaints of the patients before they went to see the doctors. It was an incredible experience to feel like God was giving me just a glimpse of how my education and skills would be utilized one day to serve His kingdom.
Each year, I looked forward to having a week where all of the distractions of our busy lives are stripped away, and I can take the time to focus on growing closer to God. I cherish spending each morning watching the sunrise on Prayer Rock and reflecting on the goodness of our God and the beauty of His creation. I cherish the precious smiles and laughs of the kids that I’ve come to love so much who in the midst of their circumstances, showed me every day an indescribable joy that comes only from knowing the Lord.
As I think about graduating at the end of this week, I will forever be grateful for the lessons I learned and friendships I made through being a part of this trip. From learning how to trust God to learning how to love more genuinely through the love shown to me by the Honduran people, I can confidently say that I have grown in so many ways through participating in this trip for the past four years. I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and I hope and pray that I will be able to return to this Honduras medical mission trip as a registered nurse for many years to come.