Lori Cross, RN
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I have desired for some time to be able to serve the Lord in some capacity in medical missions. In January He fulfilled that desire by allowing me to be a part of the GDMM team in Ghana.
During our morning devotions we read from Luke 4. To see Christ’s example of healing the physical needs of people while meeting their spiritual needs was quite convicting. It prepared me for the days ahead.
As we arrived for the first day of clinic, I was overwhelmed at the number of people already waiting to be seen for medical care. My heart was broken by the number of people who had so many needs, physically and spiritually. There were a number of volunteers from local churches who worked with us to give the gospel and to help with translation. After setting up the clinic we gathered together to pray. People from different parts of the world coming together for one cause – the gospel. It was quite overwhelming to see how God worked, even in the smallest of details.
What GDMM is doing for missions is extraordinary. By using Christ’s example they are meeting the physical needs that people have and combining it with meeting the most important need they have – hearing the gospel. I appreciate that they work with national pastors who are on the field and are able to follow up with individuals who have visited the clinic. This is a necessary task in order to help the newly saved to grow in their walk with Christ and to follow up with those where the seed has been planted, but who made no profession.
What I experienced in Ghana was an amazing thing – 2 teams from different parts of the world, coming together as one to work side by side to fulfill God’s plan to share the gospel.
Through this trip God has confirmed in my heart His calling in my life to work in medical missions. God worked in even the smallest of details of this trip. Though I knew He was calling and working, there was an obvious fear and doubt that I was struggling with because I had never traveled by myself so far away from home. My husband stated it perfectly when he explained what I was feeling to our church people. Like those chosen to carry the ark across the Jordan River, God did not part the waters until they faithfully stepped into the rushing water. “I believe, help thou my unbelief! I stepped out in faith to go to Ghana and God took all of my fears and doubts and gave me the desires of my heart to serve Him through medical missions.