UIndy Nursing Students in Ecuador
Hannah and Aubrey were just two nursing students at the University of Indianapolis before they and several other nursing students went on the journey of a lifetime on a One Mission Society medical mission trip to Ecuador. The students left with Acts 1:8 written on their hearts, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The theme of their two-week trip was hospitality. Hannah shared how the barrier of communication (the inability to speak Spanish) was such a blessing because the simple touch of a hand or a smile on a face went a long way. Aubrey also shared how hospitable the people of Ecuador were as they warmly greeted them and how the children always wanted to be held or to be close to them.
Kathy, a coleader with Becca Cartledge (wife of OMS missionary Garth Cartledge), shared James 2:14-17, stating that faith that has no deeds is dead. Some of the work being done in Ecuador was difficult, Becca shared. The parents of a four- or five–year-old boy brought him to their clinic with a webbed hand. They decided to operate, even though there was little sedation medicine available, the boy came through just fine. Later on that evening, the boy, along with his family, came to the worship ceremony with a little plastic bag around his hand. Two of his older brothers shared at the worship service, where the people sang, the Word was preached. Scripture was quoted, and it was shown that the work of OMS is evident in Ecuador.
One hundred thirty-two decisions for Christ on this trip alone. In the last five years since this group started taking these medical mission trips, more than 1,600 decisions have been made for Christ! An observer at the clinic stated this, “I can tell you guys are different because you care.” This mission trip touched so many people by meeting their physical needs. Yet, it also touched the students as one of them wrote in their course evaluation at the end of the semester, “I want to do more evangelism,” God was working in their hearts too. It is here where the true mission comes full circle, when the servant and the one being served learn more about God and life from one another by God’s grace and their obedience to His call.