TEAMS for Medical Missions
PO Box 215 ~ Macungie, PA 18062
My first missions trip ever was to Jamaica at age 21. I stayed with a family and gained so much cross-cultural experience. While on that trip I visited a local pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist. She encouraged me to consider returning to Jamaica someday to work as a pharmacist. Hmmm… I was determined to serve as a missionary after completing pharmacy school as I had dreamed of combining pharmacy and missions. In 1993, I contacted the largest missionary agency in the world with the intention of applying for their missionary two-year missionary program. They thanked me for my inquiry but said they would not know what to do with a pharmacist. I was crushed. At that time pharmacists rarely served as medical missionaries. Doctors and nurses were much more utilized. I sought God’s will for what next steps I should take.
I figured if I could not be a missionary overseas then I would serve in an underserved area of the US. A short time later I joined the US Public Health Service, and I was assigned to work with the Indian Health Service. I worked in Oklahoma with the Cherokees for the next several years. It was an amazing job and I learned about so many unusual diseases that occur in poorer populations. In 2000, I transferred with the USPHS to the Federal Bureau of Prisons so that I could relocate to NC. Prison was an interesting place to work. There I learned about setting healthy boundaries and treating all people with respect. None of these experiences were wasted as God was preparing me for the mission field.
In October 2003, on a mission’s trip to Russia my heart was broken for the lost. I then decided to seek a full-time missionary position. My job with the government was rewarding, but I could not share my faith. Medical missions evolved greatly over the decade that I was gaining experience. By then there were missionary pharmacists serving all over the world. After a 6-month search for the right missionary position God paired me with TEAMS for Medical Missions. Becoming a missionary was the best career decision I have ever made. The combination of missions and pharmacy gives me great joy. Now, I am enjoying sharing my passion with pharmacy school students from Highpoint University. It is a privilege to introduce them to missions and mentor them. I hope they will develop a desire to serve God in a greater way and consider volunteering on short term mission trips as part of their career. I love paying it forward!
When I reflect on the fact that we only have three full-time employees (missionaries) and three part-time office personnel and a volunteer board of directors, it astounds me to see what God is accomplishing through this ministry. How is it that we are able to impact churches both in Jamaica and here in the States?… Continue Reading
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In some ways pharmacy must be in my DNA. I started officially working at my Dad’s pharmacy when I was just 11 years old. I am so thankful that my Dad was a Christian pharmacist who influenced me to have compassion and love for the patients we served. After working at the family store a… Continue Reading
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Grace and peace to you! Things are progressing with the transition to Wycliffe…I have an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a member id…but we’re still waiting on the background check from Jamaica to come back…so my start date has been postponed until September 1. Support can continue to be sent to TEAMS until I can get… Continue Reading