Last summer, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Honduras with a mission outreach team. I knew that while I was abroad, I wanted to be helping other people, but I also had great expectations for what God was going to do in my own life. God is faithful and as I went with an open heart, He spoke to me and encouraged me in ways only He could have known I needed.
You see, I know that I am called to be a Spanish-speaking veterinarian who travels to countries in Latin America to meet their physical needs through medicine and their spiritual needs through sharing the love of God and the knowledge of a relationship with Him. Knowing this part of my calling as a part-time missionary doesn’t always make it easy though. There are days when vet school is just hard, there are lots of exams, and all I want is eight hours of sleep at night. There are days when I lose sight of my calling and contemplate a different career. There are also days that I get so invested and wrapped up in school that I miss spending time in the Word or in conversation with my wonderful Savior.
Travelling to Honduras with CVM refreshed my vision for the calling God has placed on my life. As I was in Honduras with this incredible group of people, I was reminded of the power of living in a community of believers. I got to pray with one of the long-term missionaries on the base and see the ways that God answered his prayers a few short weeks later, further strengthening his faith in God. I prayed with members of other missionary teams visiting there. Prayer, both personally and with others played a big part in the significance of this particular ministry outreach. I had the privilege of praying with another team member who was so deeply touched by God and experienced healing from years of wounds and unforgiveness. I also had to honor of praying with the local Hondurans as we were providing veterinary care for their animals.
I was thrilled to walk away from this ministry outreach trip with a renewed passion for serving my Lord. I got to see a glimpse of the future He has called me to. I feel refreshed and filled with joy about continuing school, knowing I am exactly where He wants me to be. Throughout this entire trip, He reminded me of who He is, of the power of prayer, and of the strength and joy that results from abiding in Him. Even though I’m not always in a foreign country, I am also reminded that I can serve Him where I am by loving my classmates and having a heart attitude that honors God as I walk out the life He has placed before me.