Clinic Day 2: The Challenge to be Bold

At breakfast this morning, Allison Phillips gave a devotional that called our entire team to practice boldness throughout the day. “Whether that means telling your testimony or talking to a new patient, God will use your boldness to show His love,” she said. This challenge set the tone for the day, reminding us all to be courageous in the Lord.

Right before the devotional, I had volunteered to join the crowd control team. Little did I know that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to grow in boldness. Each station has two or three crowd control volunteers to move patients through the clinic. I was stationed at the doctor’s station. This is where the clients actually see the doctors and receive treatment and or medication.

I’m sure you can imagine how eager these patients are to see the doctors. Many have been waiting the entire year for the medication and care provided by this team. By the time they get to the bench outside the doctor’s office, they are excited, anxious and eager to receive help. That combination of emotions can lead to some pretty interesting interactions.

There were definitely times today when I needed to use my body as a physical barrier between patients and the door of an occupied doctor. And if standing between a medzmama and her medication isn’t bravery, I don’t know what is!

In all seriousness though, there were many people in our group who took Allison’s devotional to heart today. Two teammates shared their testimonies in front of the patients. Others took on new job assignments. Some taught health education classes. And when extra patients showed up, we all mustered up our last ounce of energy and bravery to make sure they received the best care we could offer.

In 1 Chronicles 28:20, David tells his son Solomon to ““Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”

We praise God for the gift of serving Him and for the strength he gives us in the process. And we’re grateful for the love and support of friends back home like you. Schnorrhakalutsjun! –Lara Tovmassian Ingalls