Friday, May 15, 2015

Week one - Zambia hospital experience

Our week at the Mkushi district hospital is now over. I am worn out but I have had a lot of amazing experiences. Most of the days I have been in the male and female wards and have taken care of patients that were in a car accident, helped cast a some people, taken out IV catheters and sutures and so much more. I can't believe how much I have learned in just this one week and my experiences have confirmed that I really want to be a nurse!
It has also been great staying with the Avery's. They are so inspirational in the way that they interact with each other and the people here. I am enjoying all they are teaching us about being missionaries and combining that with nursing. The culture, language, and people are beautiful. I definitely recommend a visit here! There is a lot of need but so much beauty as well. I can see God at work in my life as well as the lives of the Avery's and the people here. Until next time, mushali bwino! (stay well)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The day has come! I am just about to board the plane. After close to 22 flying hours we will arrive in the Zambian airport around 3pm local time. Prayers for safety and for nerves are welcome, as all of us traveling begin this new experience. I have always had a desire to do missions, and particularly medical missions. This is the first time I will be doing something along those lines and I can't wait to see what God teaches me! Now I'm off to Africa until May 26! Thanks all for your support.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I am finally beginning to feel like a nurse! I have been practicing some of the basics like checking the pulse and respiratory rate, taking blood pressure, and making hospital beds. I will continue to learn skills within the next two weeks before I go to Zambia for the month of May as well as when I get there. In 12 days I will be boarding the plane with 5 other girls. We will spend about two days traveling and will be changing time zones and even hemispheres, so please pray for traveling safety. I would also appreciate prayers for the missionaries we will be staying with and the group of us that will be going. Prayers for the people we will be interacting with and talking to will also be welcomed as we serve in Zambia!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Zambia trip

I am so excited to be heading to Zambia in 54 days! This trip will provide me with an opportunity to learn more about nursing and missions in another culture. I can't wait to help at the local hospital, work in a health fair, and participate in classes and clinicals with local nurses. God is good, and he has great things in store!