Can I Make a Difference?

carlson-50-postcard-smallA personal story from Julie Malyon, PCP Nursing Focus Group, Co-Chair

Can I make a significant and meaningful contribution as a Medical Ambassador?

This question tugged at my mind as I participated in my first Medical Ambassador Focus Group conference call.  When asked to join a team traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the anxiety of this question consumed my mind.

But now, as I fly home from a two week trip to Congo, I can say with confidence, every Medical Ambassador can make a significant contribution towards improving healthcare and the lives of Congolese families.

The needs of the health system are great, and Congolese professionals know what is required to improve their system.  They guide the Medical Ambassadors in ways to come alongside them to offer support.

You do not need to travel to Congo to be a part of the work.  Through technology, we can communicate and form relationships with Congolese leaders via Skype and email.  Much work can be accomplished across the globe without leaving your office or living room!

When in Congo, I had the opportunity to meet with the department heads of Karawa hospital.  To open our meeting, we studied Romans 12 together.  It teaches, “In Christ we form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us…If your gift is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is to give, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully…

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.”  This is the vision of the Medical Ambassadors:  To come along side our Congolese brothers and sisters in Christ and to use our gifts of service, teaching, encouraging, giving generously, leading, and showing mercy to bring the Congolese hope amidst their afflictions.  We are called to share with those in need, to be Christ’s hands and feet in His church.  Will you respond to this call?  You can contribute in a significant and meaningful way!

Posted in 50 Years of Serving Congo, Personal Stories.