awesome thing to be able to write for one of my alma maters. We serve a
very big God and it is amazing to watch how He puts together all the
pieces of our lives. I attended Taylor University College (then NABC) from
1981-1983 and graduated with a Diploma in Music. I was determined to go
to Taylor (NABC) since I was in the 9th grade. Our pastor at the time
had gone to CTI, and we also had a group from Taylor come to our church
in Minnesota. I knew at that point that I wanted to attend the school. Growing up
on a farm, I knew it wouldn't exactly be easy to go, but I also knew
that if that was where the Lord wanted me then He would provide the way
and the means to be able to go. He did just that. I, of course, had help
from my parents, but the Lord provided in many ways for me to attend
Taylor and it was such a blessing for my life. I look back at my years
at Taylor with a lot of fondness and realize the tremendous amount of
spiritual growth that I had while there. I was part of the Oratorio
choir and also part of a women's ensemble "Jubilation." I remember
learning a lot, and also I remember us students thinking that we were
certain, that it was sort of what heaven was going to be like, except
without classes and tests.
I remember our Baccalaureate speaker saying
"unless you've been called to go, you are called to stay." I thought
great...I am certain I haven't been called to go so I'll stay." I realize
now that this was the first step in the Lord really touching my heart for
foreign missions service. In 1997 I went with my church to Ecuador to
work with HCJB on a short-term team project. It was during that time
that the Lord really touched my heart to "go." We worked on building the
foundation for a work-team house in Papallacta. As you drive in to the
area you look down and see the hydro-electric plant, I heard a voice so
clear saying "you could do this." I turned around, but no one behind me
had said it. The voice came again, "you could do this." I thought Lord,
you can't be serious. Yes, I can do it for two weeks. "I'm here for two
weeks, you couldn't possibly expect more than that, could you?"
During our two week stay in Ecuador. I realized
more and more that the Lord was leading me to full-time Christian
service and how short our lives are in comparison to God's whole scheme,
and I needed to be busy about doing His work. I laid down my life for
Christ on that trip and decided that I had been the one to say "no" to
missions, but that wasn't my job to do, it was His.
I returned back home I was informed that the
company I was working for would be closing. So now what? I sent my
application to HCJB and prayed that the Lord open only the correct door.
The door that opened was for Missions. In October of 1997, I attended
orientation and was accepted with HCJB World Radio. I spent the next
year raising support to be able to "go."
In January of 1999 I left for Costa Rica, where
I attended language school, and in January of 2000 made my way to
Ecuador. I am a Registered Nurse and am currently in charge of the
Pharmacy here at Hospital Vozandes del Oriente in Shell. I never thought
I would be a missionary on the edge of the Amazon jungle, let alone in a
place with so much historic significance in the Mission world. The story
of the 5 missionaries that were martyred by the Auca's (Waorani) is a
widely known story especially among missionaries. At times, I am struck
by the work that is done here, and how the Lord truly takes care of us
and works in the situations here. So often, He has taught me when we as
medical professionals think a situation is hopeless, He always shows us
that He is the one who is in control and, more often than I can count, the
patient always pulls through and does well.
Life on the edge of the Amazon jungle has many
rewards and many challenges. My greatest blessings while serving on the
field has been being able to share the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ
with people, and seeing them come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.
I have been able to share peace with people who are suffering and
praying for patients before they go into surgery, or when a loved one is
ill. The biggest challenges have come when dealing with children, when a
family may not have the funds to keep the child in the hospital because
they have several others at home. To my Western thinking it just doesn't
compute, but I have learned that each one of us, whether small or big in
the kingdom, is special to Christ. We are called to be obedient to His
call, whether He has called us to "go" and serve, or "stay" and serve.
The most important thing is that we are obedient to where He has placed
us and doing what He has called us to do.
Read more from Pauline on the HCJB World Radio website or
take a tour of the Hospital Vozandes del Oriente.