Hey everyone…here is the last reflection from our team. This time here is Caitlin!
From Caitlin…”Jamaica Medical Mission International was my first experience on a medical mission trip. I have to say that it was an extremely positive experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to go. I was excited when I learned about the opportunity back at the beginning of this residency since my previous medical mission trip I was supposed to attend was canceled, so this trip was a blessing to be incorporated into my residency. I was not quite sure what to expect going into the trip and leading up to departure things were getting very busy with residency and it was hard to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and work, however I am glad that I did.
The biggest observation that I have from the week was the Jamaican culture and way of life, and how peaceful and blessed they feel. It is amazing to me that these people live with the limited resources they have and still feel genuinely happy and blessed. Many of the places we visited the living conditions were not as poor as I was expecting, which was a pleasant surprise. Working with the people brought me joy and reminded me how truly wrapped up in business and minute details I get living in the culture of America. It is so wonderful that these people trust and love God whole heartedly, and I am finding myself reminded of how little I trust God in comparison. I am always worrying about how things will turn out and I spend much of my time and energy trying to figure out my life on my own rather than trusting my life with God, and this is a simple thing we are taught very young as Christians yet it remains one of the hardest things to do.
God has definitely been working in my heart through this trip and I am reminded to step away from the need for control of my own future and to learn to trust in God because he has a plan for me and he has never failed me yet. I am reminded how powerful prayer as I watch and participate in large group prayers. It is a nice reminder that God hears his people. The thing I need to change most in my life is to remember that there is joy in this life, that I need to live my life for God and not live my life worrying about my future, and that I can so many things through so many different people.
I felt truly blessed to work with the people that I did this week. It was encouraging to see that there are health care professionals who are passionate for God. So often it seems as though general health care professionals are removed from God. Working with these people, I was encouraged that there are still health care professionals that desire to share the Lord with the people they touch. Although they were able to do so much more freely on this mission trip, it was obvious that these people really are a light shining for their patients. Health care professionals can make such an impact in a person’s life because people trust their health to them, so it is so beneficial to be an example of God’s love and help provide spiritual healing as well as physical healing.
I find myself in the recent days of the trip thinking about the people of Jamaica and their way of life, and praying for them as well. It was nice to touch their lives in a small way, knowing that the medications we provided may not have had a huge impact on their overall health, but the compassion we brought and the education we provided could have made a big difference. I think the experience was more beneficial more me than for the people we traveled to help. My goal is to try to live more like that people of Jamaica, feeling truly blessed in everyday and in every situation. I want to focus on the joy in life and spreading that joy towards others. It is hard to fight the feeling of discouragement and worry in life and work, but it is encouraging to know that I have the Lord by my side to lean on to overcome these things.”
Amen! Thanks for reading our posts from Jamaica…look forward to sharing our summer travels with you in a few months….God Bless!