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God’s Presence/Presents

One of the assignments for the travel study course, Nursing in Zambia, included the expectation for each student to write a “God Story”. Alas, a travel study course did involve writing papers! What exactly is a God Story? Though there are probably as many definitions as there are people on earth, for this course, the students were to tell a story or describe an experience on this trip in which they felt God’s power, love, and compassion revealed. The uniqueness of each story that has been submitted is a testament to the personal relationship each one of these young women have with God. Each story also contributed to my own God Story, which I would like to share…

From the moment I knew that I would be leading this course, I began to be prayerful for this course in many different ways. I have traveled internationally and participated in health care experiences as a nurse, but I have not previously led a group of students. Students from our school have taken travel study courses before but this year was to be the first purely nursing course. This was the first time our university would be traveling to Zambia; this was my first year at the university! So many firsts! Beyond all the “firsts” though, I focused on an intentional prayer for each of the students who would decide to take this course and make this trip. Many students expressed an interest but who would decide to go? The students may or may not know each other, may or may not really know what nursing is all about may or may not have traveled abroad!   All these concerns I put in God’s hands! I prayed that each student that made the decision to go would feel God’s direction and purpose in making this journey!

How powerful it was when I saw that happen! How beautiful it was when I saw each one of these young women, uniquely individual and uniquely a part of our team, serving God in this beautiful place called Zambia. Throughout the spring semester we got to know each other at each of our meetings, but the bonding solidified as the journey began even with the dreaded words – “delayed flight”.   Opportunities to support, encourage, and even celebrate with each other began on day one and continued throughout our time together. This was a class, yes, but it was more than just a traveling class of students. The students learned many things about health care in a third world country and the differences in nursing schools, and I know they came home with a greater appreciation for what we have here in the United States. They also learned that though worship experiences may be different, sharing a worship experience does not require that the same language be spoken. It is apparent to me that God touched the heart of each one of these students and they each had a purpose during this course. Because of this, they touched the lives of the many people they met and patients they cared for in Zambia. My prayers were answered far beyond what I first imagined in September of 2014.

God presence richly revealed with His presents of six women called to be nurses, called to serve wherever God leads them…. that is my story!

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