This is my first time going on a medical missions trip with the COTHA team. It has truly been a miraculous time thus far. The miracle is this - the magnitude of our mission is beyond our capacity yet Jesus keeps giving us everything we need to accomplish His will. David captured this thought during our morning devotional. He led us with words from Oswald Chambers, “Missionaries should serve from their joy in Jesus and not their idea of how things should be.” Serving with this mindset helps us focus on God’s will instead of ours.
We start at a new church today with new villagers but the same expectation for God to be glorified. Our work schedule remained the same – Jana and Karen to continue in their pharmacy roles, David and Michael work the nets, I delivered the sermon and answered questions from the crowd, and Doug served in many areas.
Today’s issues seemed to be more extreme than the previous two days. The team of doctors worked with a girl who had a severe laceration on her eye. They did as much as they could before sending her to the local doctor to receive stitches. She returned to receive her mosquito net all while sporting her new eye-patch!
The numbers were lighter than expected but nevertheless God’s will was done. Someone from a local school requested nets for the families of its students and we were happy to oblige. I’m reminded of Proverbs 16:9, “A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.” Please join us in praying that God will continue to direct our missions’ journey.
600+ nets were given out and 400 people received medical attention.