by Polly Blosser, guest blogger, Makarios Medical Team 2015
We arrive to a wonderful two bedroom, air conditioned room with two patios, two pools, all the food we want, and a beautiful beach. The staff is friendly, and they try to accommodate our every wish. They will even take us to a bigger resort to spend the day if we would like. All of this to enjoy for the entire week, but something is still missing...
My heart yearns for the week before. The week where we stood in the heat all day, treating the families of Makarios. There was no air, no pools, not many luxuries, but I felt so blessed. To see the pure joy in the children's faces because we were there, there to spend time with them, there to hold their hands, there to love them. They didn't possess all the material things that make people " happy", yet they were some of the most content people I had ever met. They didn't ask for money, they didn't want gifts. They just wanted us to be their friends.
The relationships we saw, and even formed, were so genuine. Everyone truly loved one another, just as Christ wants. The Holy Spirit was very present, and we could feel it moving among us. Angels rejoiced five times, as 5 people made decisions for Christ. A pastor, an optometrist, 4 primary care givers, 5 nurses, 3 pilots, and a water specialist developed relationships that will last into eternity, all because God put us all in the same place that week. We went from what felt like the awkwardness of a junior high dance to openly sharing our highs and lows like we had always known one another. All because God had a plan.
"Boy become kings, girls will be queens"- the powerful words of Audio Adrenaline play over in my mind. We may think these children who have little are "the least of these" but they are the ones who have it all. They have Jesus, and they have blessed us more than we could ever bless them. Makarios, I am in love, and although my heart hurts, it is because I know God has a plan to return someday, so those relationships continue to thrive! Until then, keep your eyes focused on Him, and always remember what a blessing you are!
The medical team of 2015 was more than a team of health care providers offering their expertise . . . (in fact, part of the team had other professions and they spent the week running electrical wires, plumbing and performing other non-health care tasks!) They were a team of God loving, people loving, gospel sharing, friend making, servant hearted individuals who made a difference in the kingdom, not just last week, but every day that the Lord blesses them with, because that's who they are.
Medical teams visit and provide care for our students and their families once a year. Are you a health care provider interested in sharing your gifts on the mission field? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.