A Piece of my Heart Belongs in Jordan
My journey to Jordan began as an 11 year old girl. It was the first of several summer trips, during my formative years, spent on an archaeological excavation that my father directed. Little did I know how much I would come to love and appreciate the people and culture of that Middle Eastern country. Fast-forward to 2017 and I will be taking my 7th medical mission trip back to Jordan when I depart tomorrow (July 27th) and return on August 13th. The Lord has bound my heart to an “oasis of hope” that sits in the middle of the desert. Fifty-two years ago, two pioneer missionary women, one a doctor and one a nurse, began a tuberculosis sanatorium after seeing two profound needs among the Jordanian bedouin nomads: a need for Jesus Christ, and a need for tuberculosis care & healing. Today that sanatorium still functions as a brilliant “Light in the darkness”, while providing the latest treatment and care for tuberculosis. The founding doctor sits in the presence of her Savior in Heaven, while her 87 year old partner in ministry continues to minister to the bodies and souls of the Jordanian bedouin and other Arabs from surrounding countries.
I have the pure privilege and joy to step into that world twice a year to come alongside the faithful team who minister to these patients on a long-term basis. I get to play a small role in furthering God’s Kingdom in a dark and barren land. My role is to serve as a short-term registered nurse in the hospital. I go to “fill some gaps” so that long-term missionary nurses can take a much needed respite, visit family, or go to a conference. I function as a staff nurse in the 50 bed inpatient hospital for patients with TB and other chest and lung diseases. I also help run the outpatient clinic each weekday that ministers to about 120 people daily. Since I have the benefit of arriving full of energy, I help my dear friend and nursing director tackle some projects that lack manpower. In addition to some of those little projects this summer, I will also be providing a day of nursing/medical in-service for the hospital staff (both expat & native) on emergency procedures and resuscitation. As I prepare stateside for this in-service, I tailor procedures to how specific conditions get treated in a 3rd world country, with limited supplies, medications, & monitoring, versus here in 1st world America.
I ask for your prayer support for this ministry that sits in the northern, hot desert just kilometers from the Syrian border. This location has provided a front-row seat to the Syrian crisis that has loomed the past 6+ years. The population of the village has more than doubled in size with refugee influx, therefore providing an even larger opportunity to share Jesus Christ.
- Pray that God would sustain this ministry in a country where the majority faith is opposed to Christianity.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would have a powerful presence each day in the hospital/clinic wards and especially at 5 pm (10 am USA EST) while The Word is taught daily to the male and female patients separately.
- Pray that these dear patients would experience the love of Jesus through the hands and feet of the nurses and doctors that care for them each day.
- Pray that God, in His great mercy, would reveal Himself to these dear people.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21