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Trail Blazing

Seasons

Life is all about seasons. Our summer season has been one of great blessing, but very busy. We have enjoyed visitors from all over the world. We’ve had medical students from the University of Arizona, students from AZ and NM and family from Chicago. All have been such a blessing and encouragement to us as we served side by side.

Starting CHE programs

Doing community medical screening in the bush with students from the University of Arizona.

In addition, for over a year, Jammie and I have worked towards our Ghanaian Medical and Nursing licenses. By God’s grace, we are now officially licensed! That opened up an amazing door to volunteer with the medical students in our District Hospital and begin medical outreaches in 4 different villages. This is such an answer to prayer! Working at City of Refuge (CORM) and reaching out to areas with little access to medical services with the goal of village transformation is why we moved to Africa. Serving alongside Ghanaian nurses, pastors, social workers and teachers is such a blessing. Our goal is to train village leaders to start Community Health Evangelism/Education programs. We focus on addressing the biggest needs of the community using the time and talents of those living in the villages.

Pioneers and Trail-blazers

Most medical missionaries serve at an established mission hospital, so right away they have patients to see and work to do. Ours is more relational based and involves starting programs that don’t yet exist. We are literally figuring things out as we go. Sometimes, God gives clear directions. At other times, we find ourselves just taking one step forward, not really sure what to do next. Doctors and Nurse Practitioners in Ghana don’t typically serve long term in rural areas outside of a hospital, so we are inventing programs and outreaches that don’t yet exist. It is exciting, but uncertain. We feel like pioneers, having to trail blaze, not quite sure where we are going.

Encouraging Words

Enjoying the views of the River Volta with my bride after doing a village medical outreach. Behind us is the beautiful river. Sadly, it is the source of much of the child trafficking/labor in Ghana, where 1,000’s of children are forced to work.

Recent words from Oswald Chambers have encouraged me. He said, “What we call the process, God calls the end. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process–that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.” I’m so glad I don’t have to “figure it all out”, because God already has. I have the privilege of walking with my Lord, embracing uncertainty and knowing that He is with me and is making something beautiful with our lives.

Troy

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