Surrender and Serve

This morning we embarked on a bumpy but humorous ride in old Russian buses on our way to the clinic. Team worship was lead by the beautiful voices and guitar skills of Allison Phillips,Ā Michelle Phillips, Sabrina Agbabian and Dr. David Essayan before we opened the clinic doors. After worship, Allison shared a recent story about meeting an autistic boy and his father in Armenia. His father asked Allison if she had any medicine the boy could have to fix his condition. Allison’s heart broke as she knew that she had no medicine to provide the cure that the father asked for. She also recognized however, that in this moment God was calling her to surrender her inability and trust in His abilities. Although she could not meet all of the boy’s physical needs she was not useless in God’s eyes. She shared with our team this morning that there may be moments where we feel inadequate, that the scope of our healthcare or abilities may not be enough for some patients. In this moment, however, she challenged us to surrender our inadequacies to the Lord, surrendering our patients into His mighty hands and trusting that He will meet all their needs.

Once the doors opened, each team member manned their stations and patients began to flood in. Beginning at check in, patients maneuvered their way from the vitals station, to the urine station, to the triage area, possibly received and EKG, headed to a doctor’s office and finally reached the pharmacy as their last stop. The patients were guided by our phenomenal crowd control volunteers, who loved on and lead patients exactly where they needed to go. Our team saw a total of 180 patients, and Dr. Al congratulated us for working out kinks as we went, and for working as a true team. A church service was held midday where Armenian songs were sung and swayed to, a powerful message was delivered, and Adam Patenaude and myself shared our testimonies of how Christ has transformed our lives.

After dinner, our team had the pleasure of heading down to a corner store, eating ice cream and listening to an incredibly talented 13 year old boy play his duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument. His father stood by beaming, very proud of his son who aspires to be a professional musician. It was the cherry on top to an already incredible day. Quick shout out and thank you to Dr. Al for purchasing the yummy ice cream! Also, thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Emma Newman