How did you become a part of this mission?
This will be my ‘maiden voyage’ with Cure International / Global Medical & Surgical Team / Samaritan’s Purse. My excitement and anticipation are indescribable, and for a girl of many words—that’s rare!
I have worked in medicine for 28 years, the opportunities to serve have been abundant. Since I’m a mother of 4 my opportunities were focused mainly close to home to keep me serving both family and community simultaneously. 5 years ago, I was asked to serve on a medical mission’s trip to Uganda. My heart broke when I had to humbly decline due to the ages of my babies, my commitment to my medical practice and the needs of my family here at home.
I prayed that day, that I would live and work in such a way that the door of opportunity would open, later … when the timing was ‘right’.
Earlier this year I was blessed with a new colleague, who quickly became a dear friend. Dr. Michelle Vessely not only embraced me in our professional world, but inspired me with her work, service and compassionate heart.
I adore and respect her. When she announced her Kenya Mission Trip with Cure, I could hardly believe the next words to come from her. She asked if I would join. I don’t recall letting her finish her sentence before I exclaimed ‘YES’! That night, I sat … full of gratitude, that I had fulfilled my promise to myself to live and work in such a way that when this opportunity was given, that I would be ready!
What draws you to this work?
I grew up in a home that taught us service and compassion above all. How grateful I am to have listened and learned. To never let fear or selfish needs and wants come between me and the values I was taught.
What an incredible organization, what inspiring people, what phenomenal work has been done-
The more I learn about the Medical Mission work done by this team, this organization – my excitement and enthusiasm soars!
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”