While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. God truly moved in our hearts, and we are excited to share with you our thoughts about the trip!
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please click here.
Monday, January 4th, 2016
We woke up this morning to one of the most beautiful sunrises!
Rachel and I are still a bit jet-lagged so we woke up before our alarms and got to enjoy the first light breaking over the mountains. We just keeps commenting on how beautiful the view was from all of our windows.
We got ready and met back up with the Floras. They are IMB missionaries who spend time each month hosting medical clinics in different villages. Teresa is a nurse who uses her passion for healing and health education to spread God’s love.
Today’s clinic was to be held in a remote village named Ha Suane. It took over an hour of off-road, mountainside driving to reach. As we got closer to the village, the roads became rockier and less traveled.
When the building that we were going to use for the clinic came into view across the reservoir, there was already a line outside. It looked like over fifty people – men, women, and children – were waiting for us.
As the clinic began, Jim and Teresa explained to the crowd how the medicines they would be getting may cure them today, but ultimate healing comes through Jesus. We prayed and the clinic began.
Total honesty, I’m not very good at all the medical stuff. Even a blood pressure cuff will give me the heebie-jeebies. But Rachel is absolutely amazing with it all.
She jumped right in and started assessing peoples vital signs.
She talked with them, asked them what was bothering them.
And best of all, she really enjoyed doing it.
One of our biggest struggles over the last few years has been whether or not Rachel would continue with nursing school. In fact, when we were first approached by Brett and Allison Barnhill about joining the Reclaimed team Rachel still had two years of school left.
We entered into a time of prayer and sought God’s perfect timing. This process has been challenging and lengthy to say the least. Even leading up to this trip we still were not sure how a nursing degree was going to fit into the work being done in Lesotho.
Seeing Rachel jump right in and help Teresa care for the Basotho here in this remote village was like God calming every fear and hesitation I’ve ever had.
Sometimes peace comes through prayer.
Sometimes it comes thought reading scripture.
But this time it came through God allowing us to fly halfway around the world to see firsthand how He has already paved a way for our passions and calling to line up perfectly.
Throughout the day we saw many cases of hypertension, malnourishment, HIV/AIDS, and worms.
We also saw cases of pregnancy, cataracts, seizures, broken bones, and infertility.
We left the village as rain was falling, completely in awe of how God has directed our steps.
Who would have thought that a decision Rachel made in her heart while she was just a young girl would lead to her becoming a nurse, and that her decision to become a nurse paired with God’s calling to serve in Lesotho would fit like a puzzle right before our eyes.
To me, seeing her care for so many people on her first day of work in Lesotho was even more beautiful than the sunrise that greeted us this morning.
Tyler & Rachel