It’s the last blog post! So crazy and so sad that this week is already coming to an end. What an amazing and beautiful week it has been. Today we finished seeing patients in Stepanavan and Sisian. Our last patient in Stepanavan happened to be one of the most interesting; he had an ingrown toenail and the doctors got to perform an actual surgery.
Since it is the last post I want to dedicate it to the beautiful people of Armenia. The people that came into the clinic and also all of those who were hospitable towards us were all so rich in spirit. They came in smiling, sat down smiling, and left smiling. They were so grateful that we were there and just so happy to be alive. It was an honor and privilege to get to meet them and serve them. It was an honor and privilege to do God’s will.
Again, I thank Dr. Al and Sue, and the AMAA for this amazing mission trip that took a lot of hard work to plan and execute. All of the volunteers and translators deserve much praise as well for their time and dedication. Everyone who served this week gave their best effort and really represented Christ in all that they did. We touched hearts one appointment and one smile at a time. We did not only give them medical attention but we gave them spiritual guidance as well.
Let us remember though why we are here and why we served. John 13:16 says, “very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” We do great works because God has sent us to do them. We do them in honor and representation of him. We are commanded to spread the love of God and to let people who have little hope know that they are loved and cared for, and that they have a family greater than the one that they know personally. The patients we saw are equal to us; we are all children of Christ. We learned and grew just as much as they did.
Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. This week has been a blessing and a week that we will never forget. I can speak for all of us when I say that we are so thankful for the community that has formed, the bond that has been shared, and the gifts that we have been blessed with that we were able to share.
Tomorrow we are going to get to explore more and even see the Pope who is coming here to Yerevan. After that we will go separate ways as some go back to the US and some continue to travel but we will forever be united in spirit. So much fun!